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Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to over 50,000 students, 11,000 faculty and staff and 332,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 public research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”

With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, nine straight years of record enrollment, global leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 Conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.65 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion.

Job Overview

As part of the Charles Turner Post-Doctoral Program, we are pleased to announce a new postdoctoral fellow position with the Department of Sociology. Named in honor of one of the first Black students to earn a graduate degree at the University of Cincinnati, the Charles Henry Turner Post-Doctoral Program aims to attract talented postdoctoral fellows who will contribute diverse perspectives, expertise, and skill sets that bolster inclusion and innovation and enhance the student experience. In addition to pursuing their own independent research, the postdoc will collaborate with OPEN (Ohio Policy Evaluation Network, OPEN conducts rigorous, impactful, and forward thinking social-science research on the reproductive health of Ohioans and others in the region. OPEN is comprised of multiple interdisciplinary research projects which use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods to assess reproductive health outcomes, equity, access, cost, and autonomy in the context of federal and state laws and policies. Sociologists working on OPEN have published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Health & Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, & Law, among other top outlets.

We seek an exceptional scholar with research interests at the intersection of health/medicine, embodiment, and inequality. The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised and mentored by Dr. Danielle Bessett and Dr. Erynn Masi de Casanova. Up to 50% of the postdoc’s research time may be spent on OPEN research studies, with an emphasis on disseminating results with PIs and co-investigators. The other portion of their research time can be spent on existing or independent projects.

This position will provide postdoctoral research training and support for one year, renewable for a second year upon satisfactory performance and grant funding. Although not guaranteed, we expect that the successful candidate will be offered a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Sociology after two years as a postdoc. The position pays an annual nine-month salary of $50,000 (paid over 12 months) and summer salary (additional pay of up to 1/3 of the annual salary) is also available for collaboration with OPEN, commensurate with negotiated effort. Funds for travel, professional development, and research expenses are also included for the successful candidate.

In addition to conducting and publishing independent and collaborative research, the postdoc will be expected to teach one course during the first year of employment and two courses the following year.

Not sure if your work would be a good fit with this position or with OPEN’s mission? We encourage you to apply anyway! Applicants are encouraged to articulate in their cover letters which identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences they will bring to our department. The University of Cincinnati is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, People of Color, persons with a disability, individuals who come from rural areas or were first-generation college students, and covered veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the University community.

Essential Functions• Engage in data collection, data analysis, and/or academic writing, independently and in collaboration with OPEN staff.

• Engage in crafting summaries or presentations of OPEN’s academic research for public (non-academic) audiences.

• Teach courses in sociology: one course during the first year, and two courses the second year (courses to be determined according to candidate’s interests and department needs).

• Meet regularly with postdoc supervisors and department colleagues.

Minimum Requirements• Applicants must have earned a PhD in sociology within the past five years. Degree must be earned prior to the effective date of the appointment.

• Experience and/or demonstrated interest in researching topics related to health/medicine, embodiment, and inequality.

Application ProcessQualified and interested applicants must complete our online application process by visiting In addition to the application, applicants must submit a current copy of their curriculum vitae; cover letter; one writing sample; and contact information for three academic references. Applicants who have not yet completed their Ph.D. must also include a letter from their Committee or Department Chair specifying the date of the dissertation defense.

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. We anticipate a position start date in January 2025.

This position is not eligible for H-1B visa sponsorship.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

To learn more about why UC is a great place to work, please visit our careers page at

For questions about the UC recruiting process or to request accommodations with the application, please contact Human Resources at

The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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