Job Opportunities

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Job postings are updated each Friday. Jobs are posted by deadline date. Those with the closest deadline will be posted first. 

Position Title: Visiting Assistant Professor

Institution: Augusta College, Rock Island, IL
Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Contact Name: Dr. Carrie Hough
Contact E-mail: 
Job Description: Sociology and Anthropology – Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for up to two Visiting Assistant Professor positions in Sociology beginning in August of the 2020-2021 academic year, with possible renewal up to a total of three years upon mutual agreement. Augustana College is a selective liberal arts and sciences college of 2,500 students, including 26 percent first generation college students, 23 percent Pell Grant students, 24 percent students of color, and 12 percent international students. Our beautifully wooded and largely residential campus is located in Rock Island, IL, a diverse Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities metropolitan area along the Mississippi River with 400,000 residents about three hours west of Chicago. Strengthening our diverse and inclusive community is central to the college’s mission and strategic plan. We seek applicants with an interest in fostering rigorous, inclusive, and high-impact learning environments for a diverse student body. Details about Augustana College, our expectations of the faculty, the selection process, and the Quad Cities all are available at Teaching at Augustana. Preference will be given to candidates who have earned a PhD in Sociology; ABD candidates will also be considered. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a dedication to excellence in teaching, a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and the value of a broadly educated person, and the ability to teach Introduction to Sociology and additional courses with in the candidate’s area of specialization. The ability to teach Social Statistics and/or Social Gerontology is also strongly preferred. All faculty are also expected to contribute to the first-year experience through a combination of teaching in the college’s first-year inquiry program and/or offering January-term courses aimed at first-year students.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Augustana College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Augustana College provides equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, and any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. A complete application will include: a cover letter indicating an interest in and understanding of teaching in a liberal arts setting, curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a sample of scholarly writing. Questions should be directed to the chair of Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dr. Carrie Hough, at . For more information and to apply, visit: https://augustana.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=118704

Run Date: 2/1/2020 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 12/6/2019

Position Title: Term Assistant Professor - Community Engaged Sociology

Institution: George Mason University
Department: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology 
Contact Name: Professor Dae Young Kim
Contact Email:
Job Description: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University (soan.gmu.edu) is hiring a sociologist for a full-time (9-month) term position at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 20, 2020. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Experience with community-engaged research and/or community engaged sociology is required. The successful candidate will be able to integrate community-based inquiry into course design, grow the internship program, especially at the undergraduate level, and strengthen community partnerships between the sociology program and community organizations. The teaching responsibility is 4 courses per semester (with the internship is among those courses).

Preferred Qualifications: We are interested in outstanding candidates with expertise doing community-engaged research. We conceive of community engagement broadly, to include a range of methods for conducting research and teaching in partnership with community organizations, typically including an applied element. Areas of specialization are open and may include specialization in social justice, environment and sustainability, migration, race, class and gender inequality, human rights, urban or rural poverty, globalization, criminal justice reform, educational inequality, school –to-prison pipeline, or social movements. The preferred candidate will have a PhD by the time of appointment and ideally will be able to teach in the graduate and undergraduate programs. Any questions should be directed to Chair of the Sociology Search Committee, Professor Dae Young Kim at . Review of applications will begin March 6, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F5617z at http://jobs.gmu.edu; complete and submit the online faculty application; and upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a statement addressing how the applicant’s training and/or experiences would contribute to a climate that values diversity (please attach as other); and the names and e-mail addresses of three persons whom we may contact for letters of reference. A Ph.D. in Sociology is required by the date of appointment.

Run Date: 3/6/2020 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 1/16/2020

Position Title: Non Tenure Track Lecturer

Institution: Northern Arizona University
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice 
Contact Name: Juliette Roddy
Contact Email: 
Job Description: Northern Arizona University’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Department invites applications for at least one lecturer appointment to teach on the Flagstaff Campus beginning August 2020. These positions are teaching focused, non-tenure eligible, and are expected to be continuing with potential for promotion. Renewal is contingent upon successful completion of a probationary year, effective performance, and department needs. The teaching load for a lecturer is 4-4 for the academic year. This position is not eligible for sponsorship now or in the future.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Department oversees a BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a minor in Law, Rights and Justice, and an M.S. in Applied Criminology. Our CCJ graduates are critically informed citizens, who value diversity and social justice, and use this knowledge to advance the cause of justice. There are 24 full-time faculty members with diverse teaching and research interest, involving, but not limited to : Human Rights and Global Justice; Native American and Indigenous Justice; and Community, Health and Justice. For further information, see our website at: http://www.nau.edu/sbs/ccj. This appointment is a valued position with full participation in faculty governance and service. This is primarily a teaching position, corresponding to four classes per semester (4-4 for the academic year). The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice seeks candidates who will contribute to department efforts to advance programs, teaching, and learning. Minimum Qualifications A Ph.D. in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Sociology or a closely related field at time of appointment and one-year university teaching-related experience. Candidates must be willing to teach core courses required for the BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Preferred Qualifications: At least one year of university teaching as the instructor of record and evidence of any of the following: effective classroom teaching; innovative approaches to instruction, curriculum design; effective student success support. A demonstrated ability to teach from among the following courses required for the BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice: Introduction to Crime and Justice, Criminology, Investigating Difference (intensive writing course focused on diversity), and contribute as needed to the delivery of the CCJ curriculum. Evidence of interest in teaching and community engagement in social justice and critical issues. Evidence of potential to contribute to college and department student success goals. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion goals of the college. How to Apply To apply for this position, please visit nau.jobs, follow the “Faculty and Administrator Openings” link, locate vacancy 604874, and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

General Information: Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online. Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees. Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40. The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

Run Date: 3/5/2020 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 3/5/2020

Position Title: Post Doctoral Researcher

Institution: The University of Delaware
Department: The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice 
Contact Name: Tammy Anderson
Contact Email: 
Job Description: As part of the University of Delaware’s commitment to enhancing diversity among its faculty, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in justice, law and social control to begin Fall 2020. We are especially interested in scholars whose work furthers our understanding of law, justice, or social control among minority populations. Field of study is open but candidates conducting research in areas that build upon the strength of SOCI/CJ faculty and/or current funded projects in the Center for Drug and Health Studies (CDHS) are especially welcome. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in faculty positions in higher education.

Postdoctoral scholars will be expected to teach two courses per academic year, engage with faculty and graduate students in a collaborative research environment, and participate fully in academic life of the department. The time in residence will consist of mentoring experiences, which include establishing collaborative research partnerships with SOCI/CJ faculty, producing peer-review publications, developing strong teaching skills, seeking funding opportunities, and other professional development opportunities. While these activities are important, enhancing the department’s commitment to diversity is a core aspect of this post-doctoral fellowship.

The two-year term for this position extends from August 16, 2020 until July 31, 2022. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment is required; the doctorate must have been completed within three years before the date of appointment. Postdoctoral scholars will receive all university employee benefits, full access to the University’s Morris Library and IT resources and modest support for research and/or travel expenses, as well as an office and computer. Selected candidates must not have another employment obligation.

For inquiries only, contact Professor , Chair, Sociology and Criminal Justice Search Committee; Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice; University of Delaware; Newark, DE 19716-2580. Application materials will not be accepted through personal correspondence.

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit the following here.

1. Cover letter;

2. Curriculum vitae;

3. Scholarly paper (or dissertation chapter) written in the past three years;

4. Statement of no more than 1,500 words outlining your research interests and describing the proposed project(s) to be completed while in residency, including how the candidate meets the criteria listed above and enhances the university’s commitment to diversity; and

5. Three contact references (letters of recommendation may be requested)

The committee will begin reviewing applications on April 1, and the position will remain open until filled.

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department offers degrees at the undergraduate (Sociology; Criminal Justice), masters (Sociology; Criminology), and doctoral (Sociology; Criminology) levels. The Department is a growing department with award winning faculty and a highly ranked PhD program in Criminology as shown in the latest USNWR ranking. The University of Delaware is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. UD is designated as a high research activity university (Carnegie rated) and with external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. With 23 academic departments, 27 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and more than 10,000 students, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on campus. Additionally, UD is located in Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer that strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. Equal Employment Opportunity The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found here. Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer with diversity as one of its core values.

Run Date: 4/1/2020 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 2/25/2020

Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Global Health at UC San Diego

Institution: University of California San Diego
Department: Global Health Institute
Contact Email: 

Job Description: The Global Health Program in the Division of Social Sciences at UC San Diego and the UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Global Health Institute seek a postdoctoral fellow specializing in refugee health and trained in Global Health, Medical Social Science, or Medical Humanities. The fellow’s charge will be 1) to prepare a comprehensive review of literature on refugee/asylum seeker health and well-being; 2) to participate in organizing an international conference on refugee and asylum seeker health; 3) to facilitate collaborations on refugee health research across campus and beyond. The fellow’s appointment will be in Global Health Program and is expected to have a twelve month appointment with a begin date of July 2020. There is a possibility for teaching in the UCSD Global Health Program contingent on the experience of the applicant and pedagogical needs of the program.

Basic Qualifications: Must have PhD and trained in Global Health, Medical Social Science or Medical Humanities. If the applicant has yet to receive their PhD, the applicant must show proof their PhD is in progress via a letter from their advisor indicating their expected date of conferment.

Preferred Qualification: Postdoctoral or equivalent experience; commitment to mentoring and research training service to build equitable and diverse scholarly environment; experience in writing for scholarly publication and grant applications; teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate level.

The position will be open until filled but apply by May 22, 2020 to ensure full consideration by the committee. Applications must include a Cover Letter/Research Statement, CV, and two samples of written work/publications. Only complete applications that meet basic qualifications will be considered. All applications are submitted electronically via https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02468

Postdoctoral scholars are governed under the PX contract https://postdoc.ucsd.edu/postdocs/px-contract.html. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on published University of California pay scales.

UCSD is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Run Date: 5/12/2020 - Until position is filled
Date Posted: 5/12/2020

Position Title: Scientific Review Officer, National Institutes of Health

Institution: National Institute of Health
Department: Global Health Institute
Contact Name: Dr. Gabriel Fosu
Contact Email: 
Job Description: Help shape the future of medical and behavioral research and become a Scientific Review Officer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the gateway for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. It is also home to a community of over 240 diverse and accomplished scientists who work with the most talented investigators in this country and abroad. Scientific Review Officers play pivotal roles in ensuring that the NIH peer review process identifies the most promising research grant applications, because the most important factor in determining whether an NIH grant application is funded by NIH is how well it fares in peer review.

CSR is actively seeking scientists to fill several openings for Scientific Review Officers (SROs). To learn more about what it is like to work at CSR, view this video that provides insights into the important role of a SRO and the collaboration of the entire staff supporting their work.

Candidates must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to be considered for this position. Foreign nationals or legal permanent residents are not eligible for consideration. 
  • Possess a MD, PhD, or doctoral equivalent in biomedical or related sciences (e.g., Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Physiology Social and Behavioral Science),
  • Have a record of independent research accomplishments, documented by an outstanding publication record and administrative background.

The ideal candidate will have pre-clinical, clinical or translational research experience (humans or animals) and have five to 10 years’ experience beyond their postdoc. 

The position will be filled under a Title 5 GS-601-13/14 appointment. Salary is commensurate with the experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401K equivalent). 

How to Apply: Selection for this position is dependent upon successful referral from a Health Scientist Administrator announcement (GS-13/14 position) on the website USAJOBS. There will be a NIH Global HSA Announcement that is tentatively scheduled to launch from May 18 to May 27, 2020. Please check back on this announcement to confirm when the announcement has launched. If interested to learn more about SRO position, please contact Dr. Gabriel Fosu at  .

Run Date: 5/12/2020 - 5/27/2020
Date Posted: 5/12/2020