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August 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

University of Michigan

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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Education Policy Initiative
Education Policy Research Postdoctoral Fellow

JOE ID Number: 2017-02_111458986
Date Posted: 10/11/2017
Date Inactive: 01/31/2018
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Education Policy Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
C4 -- Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
I2 -- Education and Research Institutions
Causal Inference in Education Policy Research
Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Postsecondary Education
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Education Policy Initiative seeks candidates interested in deepening their knowledge of rigorous, applied quantitative education policy research for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The fellow will receive close mentorship from professors Susan Dynarski, Brian Jacob and Christina Weiland, and will have the opportunity to work with cross-disciplinary U-M faculty.

The fellow will be trained to estimate the causal effects of education policies and practices on student outcomes, emphasizing the use of state and district longitudinal data. Fellows will participate in all aspects of the research process, including design, IRB administration, analysis, and presentation. They will collect, compile and analyze data; design surveys; participate in research planning; write papers; present results at seminars and professional meetings; and supervise research assistants. The fellow will learn how to develop a research partnership with practitioners or public agencies and to communicate results to non-technical audiences, including policymakers.

A goal of this training program is to expand the diversity of researchers trained in rigorous, applied quantitative approaches to studying education policy. We especially encourage applications from scholars of color, scholars who have been the first in their family to pursue postsecondary or postgraduate education, and scholars whose doctoral programs may have provided fewer opportunities to apply their training in quantitative methods to real-world education policy issues.

This is a 2-year fellowship beginning in the summer of 2018. The fellowship is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences grant R305B170015.

Applicants must have completed their PhD in a relevant social science discipline prior to August 31, 2018 and have academic research experience in public policy, economics, education, quantitative methodology, or other similar fields. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and cannot have received previous support through an Institute of Education Sciences predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship.

Application Requirements:
  • Application Instructions Below
  • Letters of Reference Instructions Below
Application deadline: 12/15/2017
Reference Instructions:
Please send confidential letters of reference via email to with POSTDOC2018 and the applicant’s LastName_FirstName in the subject field.
Application Instructions:
Complete applications include: A) a completed application form that is accessible on our website; B) 2-3 page statement of interest, CV and writing sample (job market paper or recent publication authored/co-authored by the applicant) saved as one PDF file; and C) three confidential letters of recommendation sent directly from references.

Send all application materials via email to with POSTDOC2018 and the applicant’s LastName_FirstName in the subject field.

We will review applications on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled.