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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
University of Connecticut in Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
Date Posted 05/15/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of Connecticut's Human Rights Institute (HRI) is pleased to invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship related to its new Human Rights Data Hub. The successful candidate will participate in research, programming, and the organization of the Human Rights Data Hub, an initiative of the Human Rights Institute. The Data Hub and the HRI in general, are an interdisciplinary space devoted to applying diverse research methodologies and innovative approaches to the study of human rights.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will 1) contribute to Human Rights Data Hub-related research projects and courses; 2) advance their own research agenda by producing original research leading to academic publications, policy analyses, blog posts, or similar outputs; and 3) work closely with other HRI faculty to provide administrative support for the Hub. The Fellow will dedicate part of their time to the Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative (ESREI). A key responsibility for the period of appointment will be to work with Professor Susan Randolph and counterparts at the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) to generate the annual update of the Socioeconomic Rights Fulfillment (SERF) Index (https://serfindex.uconn.edu/). The Postdoctoral Fellow's administrative duties will include providing text and content for updating the Human Rights Data Hub's website and outreach materials.  The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the Human Rights Institute community and programs, attend research seminars and events, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students working on Data Hub projects.
The Human Rights Institute at UConn is one of the nation's leading academic centers, offering undergraduate majors and minors in human rights and a graduate certificate and master's in human rights. The Human Rights Institute is a leading innovator in human rights research and pedagogy. Faculty combine theoretical and practical expertise on both contemporary and historical human rights issues to produce innovative scholarship and prepare students to advance public discourse on the most pressing human rights issues of our time.
The Human Rights Data Hub advances empirical human rights research by supporting data collection projects designed to fill critical gaps in the observation and measurement of human rights phenomena, and by acting as a catalyst for collaborative interdisciplinary research involving faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The Data Hub supports human rights scholarship at UConn by 1) providing administrative, logistical, technical, and seed funding support to select faculty-led projects; 2) innovating and disseminating new methodological approaches to data-intensive human rights research; and 3) serving as a repository for significant human rights datasets. The Data Hub projects are core to the University of Connecticut's leadership in human rights scholarship and central to the HRI's "Human Rights Practice Initiative" which bridges scholarship, teaching and learning, and practice.
Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut (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, Connecticut, 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. A record number of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.
  • PhD (completed no later than August 2021) in the Social Sciences; applicants with a PhD in Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, Business, and other related fields will be considered;
  • Demonstrated evidence of advanced training and experience in data analysis and/or statistical modeling;
  • Demonstrated expertise and programming skills in R, Stata, SPSS, or similar;
  • Willingness and capacity to develop skills in LiveCode programming; 
  • Demonstrated interest in human rights-related research, broadly construed, in the social sciences or related fields;
  • Strong organizational skills & detail orientation.
  • Evidence of research excellence in human rights;
  • Demonstrated interest in economic and social rights measurement and policy as well as a desire to work in support of the activist as well as academic communities;
  • Demonstrated skills in LiveCode programming;
  • Experience in web-scraping, text analysis, and/or natural language processing, especially in the context of data collection and analysis;
  • Experience in applied statistical modeling, machine learning methods, and/or predictive modeling;
  • Demonstrated record of working effectively on interdisciplinary teams especially in higher education;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise students in collaborative, project-based learning related to human rights.
This is a full-time, 12-month position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. The position may be renewable for a second year, pending a positive review and funding. The successful candidate's appointment will be at the main UConn Storrs. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #495254 and submit the following application materials:
  • A cover letter specifically addressing your credentials relative to the minimum and preferred qualifications listed above.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A 1-2 page research and scholarship statement
  • A 1-2 page commitment to diversity and inclusion statement
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

  • Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received by May 28, 2021. For more information regarding the Human Rights Institute, please visit the Institute's website at https://humanrights.uconn.edu/.
    Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Kathryn Libal (kathryn.libal@uconn.edu) or Dr. Michael Rubin (michael.rubin@uconn.edu).  
    Employment of the successful candidate will be 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 June 10, 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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