Stanford’s Polarization and Social Change Lab (PI: Robb Willer) has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher, to begin in Fall of 2021. We seek an innovative, accomplished scholar who has, or expects, a PhD in psychology, sociology, political science, economics, or a related field and who has an interest in working in a problem-focused, multidisciplinary, multi-method context with diverse collaborators.
The Postdoctoral Associate will be responsible for co-designing and leading research projects in one or more of the following areas: political polarization; framing, messaging, and persuasion; political dimensions of inequality; social movement mobilization; and online political behavior. Expertise in any of a range of research methods is valued, with a particular emphasis on field experiments, survey experiments, and computational methods (e.g, text analysis, social network analysis).
The position will be supervised by Prof. Robb Willer and will involve collaborating with PhD students, post-docs, faculty, and staff affiliated with the lab. Mentorship of the Postdoctoral Associate will be structured according to research and professional interests.
We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that values rigorous inquiry and diverse perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.
- Applicants should have or expect to have a PhD by September 1st, 2021.
- Relevant research in psychology, sociology, political science, economics, or a related field.
- Experience designing and carrying out rigorous research in one or several of the following areas: field experiments, survey experiments, and computational methods (e.g, text analysis, social network analysis)
- Interest in working in a multidisciplinary, multi-method context with diverse collaborators.
- Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication.
- Interest in communicating research findings to diverse audiences, including non-academic audiences.
- Intellectual creativity and innovation
- Methodological rigor
- Intellectual and practical autonomy
- Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
- Statement of interest (maximum 1.5 pages)
- 2-3 attached writing samples
- 2 letters of reference (letters of reference should be submitted separately)