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Postdoctoral Associate - Policy Research

Syracuse University
Job Location:
Syracuse, New York
Public Administration and Policy

Job # 076118

Location: Syracuse, NY

Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

Hours: Determined by department Chair.

Rank: Post Doc

Campus: Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code: Not Applicable

Job Description

The Education and Social Policy Project (ESPP) at Syracuse University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate. The Postdoctoral Associate will work with Professors Amy Ellen Schwartz and Michah W. Rothbart on empirical research in education policy and economics, employing quasi-experimental methods and cutting edge econometrics. 

Key projects use large administrative data sets for NYC public school students to: (1) investigate the measurement, determinants, and impacts of absenteeism for student academic performance, attending to differences across child sociodemographic and economic characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, sex, grade, neighborhood of residence, and eligibility for free or reduced price lunch; (2) continue ongoing research on the relationships between school choice and pupil transportation, including consequences for attendance and academic success; and (3) explore how COVID-19 pandemic affected children's health and education in NYC over time, including changes in racial/ethnic and income disparities, the effects of vaccine availability and uptake, and the role of school and neighborhood resources in shaping outcomes and disparities. 

Preference will be given to candidates with strong econometric and writing skills, experience using large administrative data sets, and an interest in grant writing. 

The Postdoctoral Associate will work with others on all stages of research, including statistical analyses, co-authorship of peer-reviewed publications, presentation of research at conferences, and the development of new projects.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy, Education Policy or a related discipline at the start date. Preference will be given to applicants with strong quantitative skills, experience analyzing large datasets, and demonstrated capacity for academic publication. The applicant must be in residence for the two-year period.

Job Specific Qualifications

a. PhD in Economics, Education Policy, Public Policy, or related discipline.

b. Quantitative research skills: this position requires strong background in statistical/econometric methods used in public affairs research, experience analyzing large datasets, and proficiency in statistical software such as Stata. 

c. Strong writing skills.

d. Organization and communication skills, and a willingness to work as part of a team of researchers.


Under the direction of the faculty mentors, collaborate on absenteeism and COVID-19 project research, construct project datasets, and conduct quantitative analyses of secondary data. With the supervision of a faculty mentors, work on publishing research stemming from the dissertation and developing new lines of inquiry. Develop presentations, research communications, etc., and present research at conferences, meetings with policymakers, key constituents. Supervise/collaborate with doctoral students and research staff, provide technical assistance. 

Application Instructions

Primary consideration will be given to applications received by April 8, 2022, but all applications will be considered until the position is filled. Required materials include:

1. Cover letter.

2. Curriculum vitae.

3. Two-page research statement. 

4. Two representative papers. Peer-reviewed publications are preferred. Dissertation chapters are also acceptable, as long as they are under 20 pages.

5. Three letters of reference submitted to the SU online application site by the writers. 

For more information, and to apply, go to: For questions, contact Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs and Chair, Economics Department; or Michah W. Rothbart, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs;

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University's contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Open Until Filled: No

Priority Consideration: 04/08/2022

Job Category: Faculty

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