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Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) - Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality - 2 Vacancies

JOE ID Number: 2021-02_111467922
Date Posted: 10/19/2021
Date Inactive: 01/31/2022
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) - Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality - 2 Vacancies
Section: US: Full-Time Academic (Permanent, Tenure Track or Tenured)
Location: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
I2 -- Education and Research Institutions
00 -- 00 - Default: Any Field
A2 -- Economic Education and Teaching of Economics
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Position Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) - Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality - 2 Vacancies
Job ID: 22768
Compensation: $87,000/year plus an allowance for research-related expenditures, as well as an allowance for hiring Research Assistants from the Graduate Center’s student population
Closing Date: November 8, 2021

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality conducts and promotes quantitative research using inequality as a lens on society and the economy. The faculty, the affiliated and postdoctoral scholars, and the students working within the Center share a commitment to scholarship that is data-driven, interdisciplinary, and policy-oriented, often addressing questions that are cross-nationally comparative or global in scope.

The Stone Center:
- Is home to a group of core faculty members who teach economics, political science and sociology, and who—with students and external affiliated scholars—are actively engaged in research addressing diverse aspects of socio-economic inequalities.
- Hosts the US Office of Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) database, an archive of internationally comparable data on income and wealth covering over 50 countries.
- Organizes three seminar series related to inequality, and collaborates with the Graduate Center’s Office of Public Programs on several large events each year.

For more information about the Stone Center visit

The Stone Center seeks to hire two Research Associates (Postdoctoral Scholars) to work on research related to socio-economic inequality in the United States, other countries, or through cross-country comparisons. These are full-time appointments for two years beginning in Fall 2022. Each position will report to a designated Stone Center Senior Scholar. The Research Associate will engage as an active member of the research team.

In addition to the responsibilities listed under “General Duties”, the incumbent will:
- Conduct self-directed research that contributes to the growing national and international conversation on inequality, and on feasible public and private strategies aimed at furthering fair, effective, and efficient policy and institutional reforms;
- Collaborate with senior scholars affiliated with the Stone Center;
- Contribute to public dialogue through lectures and presentations, organize public programs, develop informational materials, publish public-facing policy and research briefs, engage in professional quality social media, and build relationships with key stakeholders and other scholars;
- Perform other duties as assigned.

General Duties:
- Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.
- Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding
- Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data
- Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings
- Collaborates with internal and external colleagues
- Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties

Minimum Qualifications:
Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.

Other Qualifications:
A preferred candidate should have:
- Ph.D. degree in economics, sociology, political science, public policy, or a related social science discipline; applicants must have completed their Ph.D. no more than seven years prior to the application date, or demonstrate that it will be completed by the position start date.
- Research portfolio that demonstrates interest in and experience with empirical, methodological, or theoretical scholarship focused on socio-economic inequality.
- High level of technical skill, expertise in a range of quantitative methods, and experience with complex data sets.
- Experience with public policy and communicating research findings in a way that is relevant to the public.

For one position, priority will be given to candidates conducting research in the following areas:
- Distribution of wealth, wealth inequality, wealth concentration
- Intergroup wealth disparities (e.g., by gender, race, ethnicity, migration status)
- Determinants (including public policies) and consequences of wealth accumulation
- Estate, inheritance, gift, and wealth taxation

For the other position, priority will be given to candidates who examine racial/ethnic inequalities in the United States as part of their research agenda.

Other potential areas of interest include:
- Intergroup disparities along other dimensions, such as gender or migration status
- Distribution of earnings, income, and/or consumption
- Social mobility
- History and/or politics of inequality
- Public policy related to inequality

How to Apply:
Go to and search for Job ID 22768.

Click on "Apply Now" which will bring you to the registration screen. If you are a new user, you must register to apply. If you already have a user ID, please use your existing ID to apply.

The following are all required:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. Statement of interest, not to exceed 1,500 words: Please summarize your qualifications, and describe your past work related to inequality; provide a description of the projects you expect to carry out during the two-year period and how they are related to the work of the Center’s core faculty; indicate your career goals.
3. Contact details for three (3) professional references, including the name, title, and organization of each referee, their telephone numbers and email addresses.

Please upload all documents in Word or PDF format.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application Link
Application deadline: 11/08/2021