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Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Missouri-Saint Louis
St. Louis

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Job Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Location: St. Louis
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 41231
Hiring Department

Political Science

Job Description

STLAAN ( is a collaboration among eleven anchor institutions in the St Louis metro region, including major health systems (BJC, Mercy, and SSM), colleges and universities (Washington, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis - UMSL, Webster University, St. Louis Community College, and Harris-Stowe, an HBCU), the St. Louis Zoo, and one private corporation (Edward Jones). The Network aims to increase employment, income, and wealth in 22 predominantly African American ZIP Codes in North St. Louis City and County that have been systematically disinvested. STLAAN is building a research agenda to better understand the impact of Anchor Institutions’ intentional employment and purchasing strategies on people and businesses within the focus geography. Besides evaluating outcomes, the research also aims to better understand the pathways or processes of change, including the barriers to addressing racial and spatial inequities in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow in residence to lead this research, helping to set the agenda and implement the research in collaboration with the research team. Preferably, the person will have a PhD in hand by June 1, 2022 in an appropriate field, such as, political science, economics, sociology, social work, urban studies, public administration, or public policy. Background in workforce development, business development, and/or community development is desirable. Proficiency in data management and quantitative and qualitative analysis is expected. The research will involve existing data bases (public and proprietary), as well as the collection of original data through surveys, focus groups, etc. The Research Fellow will be based at UMSL’s Community Innovation and Action Center (, with an affiliation with the appropriate department at UMSL. The Research Fellow will lead a team of researchers from institutions of higher learning in St. Louis and other organizations. We expect the research to result in peer-reviewed publications, as well as other reports and policy briefs. The term of the appointment will be for two years, with the potential to extend to a third year. The Research Fellow will work with the research team to pursue external funding opportunities. There are no teaching or service responsibilities. If interested, the Research Fellow will have an opportunity to supplement the salary with adjunct teaching.


The candidate will have a PhD currently or by June 1, 2022 in field, political science, economics, sociology, social work, urban studies, public administration, or public policy.

A background in workforce development, business development, and/or community development is desirable. Proficiency in data management and quantitative and qualitative analysis is strongly preferred.

Application Materials

Applicants must apply at Applications received through other sources will not be considered. Applicants are asked to combine all application materials into a single PDF file and upload as RESUME. Application materials should include at least the following: a letter of application addressing the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three professional references. Interested individuals may contact Dr. Todd Swanstrom at ([email protected]) with any questions. No phone calls please. We will begin reviewing applications on April 22nd and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity.


$50,000 per year for a two-year appointment ($68,000 budgeted annually with benefits).

Other Information

The University remains focused on the following financial priorities and the resources necessary to achieve them:

· Ensuring our students receive a high-quality education

· Supporting retention and recruitment of our students

· Continuing research and scholarship, especially related to the public health crisis and precision health

· Supporting the University’s response to the public health crisis and other engagement activities

· Supporting activities that grow revenues for the University

UMSL staffs the St. Louis Anchor Action Network (STLAAN), a collaboration of eleven institutions in the St.Louis metropolitan area. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will lead the research that will guide STLAAN as it moves forward. The anchor work is integral to UMSL’s community engagement work.

Inclusive Excellence Statement

As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse campuses in Missouri, UMSL is committed to maintaining a climate where all students, faculty, staff and visitors can explore their interests, refine their talents and flourish. Inclusive excellence is embedded in our strategic plan which focuses on actions to recruit and retain diverse students and employees and promote activities that encourage civil and constructive discourse, reasoned thought and sustained dialogue in an environment of inclusion, respect and appreciation.

Benefit Eligibility

The University of Missouri - St. Louis offers benefit-eligible employees a wide variety of benefits including: health, dental and vision coverage effective on the first day of employment, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents and employee and dependent life insurance. For more information about our benefits, please visit:

Diversity Commitment

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.

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