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Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Columbia University in New York City, New York
Date Posted 04/22/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details

Job Requisition Number 00002397
Field(s) of Specialization
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Department A&S ISERP
Division Inst for Social & Economic Research and Policy (ISERP)
Location Morningside
Summary Description

The Justice Lab in the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar position to work on the Pennsylvania Solitary Study (PASS) and continue developing their own research projects. The position is full-time and begins on July 1, 2021. Exact starting date is negotiable. This appointment will initially be for one year, but is renewable for up to two additional years based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. This position will be remote until at least September of 2021. When in-person work resumes, the Postdoctoral Research Scholar will be expected to regularly work and attend meetings at our office in New York City.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will actively participate in program activities related to the PASS: managing and analyzing data, conducting literature reviews, contributing to academic publications and policy briefs, and developing protocols for archiving data.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will have strong statistical and quantitative skills and experience analyzing administrative panel data. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will also have broad understanding of qualitative research methods.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will devote eighty percent (80%) of their work hours to the PASS and twenty percent (20%) to their own research projects.

Minimum Degree Required

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by date of hire and must have received the degree within the past three years.

Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D. in sociology, criminology, economics, political science, public policy, public administration, public health, or related discipline.
• Thorough knowledge of U.S. prison system, penal conditions, and solitary confinement.
• Substantial quantitative expertise
• Strong understanding of qualitative research methods
• Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
• Record of excellent scholarship and promise for development as research scholar

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience analyzing administrative panel data
• Candidates with prior experience in criminal legal histories or lived experience relating to the criminal legal system are encouraged to apply
• Ability to work independently on a daily basis to handle complex situations and confidential information with a high level of discretion
• The candidate is expected to work well in a team and effectively communicate the results of their research orally and in writing

Additional Information

The Pennsylvania Solitary Study (PASS) examines the effects and conditions of solitary confinement with a longitudinal survey of men incarcerated in a solitary confinement unit in a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania in 2017. The PASS is a collaborative, mixed-methods study led by Bruce Western and Jessica Simes (Boston University), combining fieldwork and interviews with incarcerated people and prison staff, a neurocognitive battery administered to incarcerated respondents, and an analysis of administrative records.

Breaking new ground in research on prisons and inequality, the PASS aims to understand how harsh conditions of confinement may affect health and well-being for incarcerated populations, identify the effects of solitary confinement on social and economic outcomes after prison release, and describe the conditions of living and working in high levels of custody in a large U.S. prison system. A primary goal of the project is to clean, code, and analyze the rich administrative, survey, qualitative, and neurocognitive data resulting from the PASS data collection. A second goal of the project is to write up and disseminate findings to a broad range of audiences, including academic, policy, and advocacy audiences. A third goal is to drive data-driven prison reform in the areas of solitary confinement and reentry.

The Justice Lab seeks to foundationally reconceive justice policy through actionable research, community-centered policy development, and the sustained engagement of diverse constituencies. We envision a community-centered future for justice in which healing and resiliency, rather than punishment and surveillance, are used to solve social problems often rooted in racial and economic inequity.

RAPS posting date 04/21/2021
Search Closing Date
Special Instructions to the Applicant

All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS).

Please upload the following required materials:
Cover Letter, 1-2 page statement of research interests, CV, copies of one or two representative publications or preprints (to be submitted as “Other Document 1” and “Other Document 2” if a 2nd is submitted), and contact information for at least three references.

Applications received by May 31 will receive full consideration.

Proposed Start Date 07/01/2021
EEO Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Review Begins 05/01/2021
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