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Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, United States, 21218

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Professors Stefanie DeLuca and Nicholas Papageorge are accepting applications for Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows at the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab (PIRL) at Johns Hopkins University.

Previous Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows have worked on research projects on topics including the trajectories of community college students, housing policies to increase neighborhood quality, and the responses of high-achieving low-income students to financial aid. They have done so using multiple social scientific methods, often in conjunction, including qualitative data collection and analysis via semi-structured interviews, structural micro-econometric modeling and estimation, and statistical analysis of large-scale administrative data, among other approaches. The fellowship will include a variety of tasks that provide preparation for graduate school, such as analyzing data, developing statistical models, creating presentations, and editing research papers. The position(s) will begin in the summer or fall of 2024 and could last up to 2 years. Pre-doctoral Research Fellows will be integrated into at least one home department (Economics or Sociology).

Applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree (or be on track to complete by July 2024) or master’s degree.

In addition to applying thru the JHU portal, fill out and upload your resume, transcripts, and references through the PIRL online form.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Closely collaborate with Professors DeLuca and Papageorge on cross-disciplinary, methodologically broad, policy-relevant, empirical social scientific research related primarily to poverty, inequality, race, education, labor and housing. For recent examples of their work, see and
  • Collect and analyze data.
  • Participate in weekly research group meetings.
  • Prepare mandatory reports and documents/protocols.
  • Conduct literature searches.
  • Attend seminars and other departmental events.
  • Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.

Special Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral skills and the ability to communicate effectively are essential as well as strong organizational, administrative, project management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage and track large amounts of sensitive and diverse data, ability to balance multitude of ongoing competing deadlines, and the ability to work independently and with others.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in related discipline.
  • Additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent and should have interests in either Economics (especially applied microeconomics, structural methods and decision-making) or Sociology (especially: urban sociology, sociology of education, social stratification) or both (preferred).
  • Master’s (or equivalent) preferred.
  • Interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics, Sociology or Public Policy
  • A strong quantitative background, experience with programming (ideally in statistical programming languages) and/or working with micro-level data and/or a strong background conducting qualitative research, including experience with in-depth interviews, ethnographic observation and analytic software (such as MAXQDA, NVivo or Atlas.ti).
  • Experience in basic descriptive or intermediate social science analysis and software is expected.

Classified Title: Research Assistant
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD
Starting Salary Range: Min $17.00 - Max $30.00 HRLY (Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: 37.5
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Homewood Campus
Department name: Sociology
Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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