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Predoctoral Fellow in the Social Sciences

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Laboratory and Research

School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area: Sociology

Position Description

Harvard University. Professor Robert Sampson in the Department of Sociology is seeking a pre-doctoral fellow to support and collaborate on all aspects of an ongoing study, the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN+). For more information on the project click here. Candidates with backgrounds in sociology, criminology, law, economics, psychology, political science, and other social sciences are welcome to apply. The fellow will receive mentoring from faculty and post docs within a tight-knit research community and have access to a broad range of activities at Harvard. The position is ideal for someone considering entering a PhD program in a few years or for those who may transition to full-time research jobs.

This position is based in the Sociology Department in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. The desired starting date is spring or summer 2024, though earlier will be considered. Appointment terms for Fellows are for one year with the potential for a second-year renewal.

Responsibilities include:
  • Prepare literature reviews, background research, and other content for grant proposals and academic papers
  • Conduct statistical analyses of data using Stata and R
  • Prepare figures and data visualizations
  • Assist with survey data collection by preparing online survey instruments, facilitating survey recruitment, and processing survey data
  • Potential involvement in qualitative interviews
  • Editing of draft chapters and papers
  • Interacting with the IRB and writing updates/modifications
  • Draft project and grant reports, research briefs, and other project documents
  • Manage research meetings and convenings of researchers
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and is benefits eligible. Applicants should submit: (1) a complete vita, (2) a cover letter of interest that highlights relevant research experience, writing skills, data management, and project experience, (3) an excerpt from an academic writing sample (no more than 5 pages in length) and (4) names and contact information of up to three persons who can serve as references. Letters are not required in initial applications.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Sociology, Public Policy, Economics, or related field
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Prior experience as a research assistant or fellow in the social sciences
  • Distinguished academic record
  • Significant interest in the study of crime, the criminal justice system, urban inequality, and life-course research
  • Strong written, editorial, and oral communication skills

Additional Qualifications

  • Proficiency programming in Stata and R
  • Experience using Adobe InDesign and graphic software for visualizing research results
  • Experience with citation management software

Special Instructions

Materials submitted by regular mail or email will not be accepted. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Lisa Albert
Department of Sociology
Harvard University

Contact Email:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, protected veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or other protected status.

Minimum Number of References Required: 1

Maximum Number of References Allowed: 3

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