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Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
May 17, 2024

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our research group to work on a variety of funded projects researching various police reform initiatives. Applicants with a desire to drive research in partnership with police practitioners to improve the responsiveness and quality of policing in their communities are encouraged to apply. The postdoctoral fellow will perform a wide array of functions from overseeing data collection efforts and day-to-day database management to contributing to the dissemination of research findings in manuscripts and conference presentations.

The ideal candidate has experience in a related research area with enthusiasm for learning and using complementary methods to conduct research. Experience with innovative methods and technologies is desired. Importantly, the individual should have excellent written communication skills and the ability to conduct research projects independently. The PI and the university are committed to providing mentorship that facilitates diverse career options going forward.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- contribute to dissemination of research findings related to the project’s mission, - maintain partnerships with police practitioners

- collaborate with team members

- provide mentorship, oversight, and instruction to the project and related staff (undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty)

- effectively communicate research results to the lab, university, and scientific field.


Qualifications: Requirements:

- PhD in a relevant field of study

- peer-reviewed publications or evidence of publication potential

- enthusiasm and drive to advance specified research areas


- Broad knowledge and experience in policing research

- Strong analytic skills

- Ability to multitask and shift project priorities as necessary

- Ability to work within a team and independently

- Ability to learn new methods related to the research project

- Excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively meet project commitments and deliverables

- Strong project management skills

Application Instructions:

To apply for these positions, all application material must be submitted via Interfolio at the following Web link:

Please submit:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position and relevant skills
  • CV
  • Contact information for three references.

Applications will be considered starting June 7, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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