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Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Connecticut in Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
Date Posted 03/11/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


The Department of Anthropology and the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position, beginning in late spring 2021, to join the core research team for the Pandemic Journaling Project , an initiative led by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Brown University.

The Pandemic Journaling Project is a mixed-methods research project and online journaling platform, founded in May 2020, that aims to document worldwide experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants complete a demographic survey upon joining, then receive weekly invitations to reflect on their experience of the pandemic (in writing, audio recording, or photos) in response to a brief set of survey questions and narrative prompts. Participants can download their journal securely at any time, and contributions become part of a historical archive. PJP is a collaborative initiative rooted in an ethic of interdisciplinary research collaboration and a commitment to public scholarship. Prospective applicants are encouraged to consult the PJP website to learn more.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut offers undergraduate and graduate training, with internationally recognized strengths in in medical anthropology, human rights, archaeology and biocultural anthropology. Research, teaching, and advocacy in the Department seek to understand the creation and maintenance of social inequities while simultaneously identifying ways to reduce or eliminate them.

The Human Rights Institute (HRI) at UConn is one of the nation’s leading academic centers, offering undergraduate majors and minors in human rights as well as a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights. HRI is globally recognized for its faculty expertise and its role in convening high-level international conferences and symposia, cultivating new modes of human rights practice.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


The successful candidate will be expected to play a lead role in project administration as well as data analysis and the dissemination of findings. Specific responsibilities will include the following: Manage data collection; facilitate regular communication among research team members and collaborators; lead project dissemination and recruitment efforts; manage websites and social media; supervise graduate and undergraduate research assistants; and contribute centrally to the development of presentations and publications for public and scholarly audiences. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have the opportunity to publish results in collaboration with the PJP team, and also to develop their own research interests and publications using PJP data. We seek candidates with a demonstrated capacity for and commitment to working across disciplines and to engaging substantively in interdisciplinary collaboration.


  • PhD in Anthropology, Sociology, or related field within the past five years (completed no later than August 2021).
  • A demonstrated capacity to work with qualitative data in a research setting.
  • A demonstrated capacity to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, analytic, and communication skills (written and oral).


  • Spanish fluency.
  • Ability to work with quantitative as well as qualitative research data.
  • Ability to translate research findings for public dissemination.
  • Experience with digital ethnography.
  • History of obtaining external funding for collaborative, interdisciplinary research.


This is a full-time, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of May 15, 2021. The position may be renewable for a second year, pending funding. The successful candidate’s appointment will be at the main UConn Storrs or one of the regional campuses. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs , Staff Positions, Search #495091 and upload a resumecover letter specifically addressing your credentials relative to the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above, a writing sample (approximately 25 pages), commitment to diversity and inclusion statement (one page) and contact information for three (3) professional references

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information regarding the Human Rights Institute, please visit the Institute website at https://humanrights.uconn.edu/ . For more information about the Department of Anthropology, please visit the department website at https://anthropology.uconn.edu/ . For more information about the Pandemic Journaling Project, please visit the PJP website at https://pandemic-journaling-project.chip.uconn.edu/ .

Inquiries other than applications can be directed to: Sarah Willen, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, 405 Babbidge Road, U-1205 Storrs, CT 06269 or via email to sarah.willen@uconn.edu .

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on March 31, 2021. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp .

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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