Postdoctoral Scholar

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Education
The Center for Educational Disparities Research


The Center for Educational Disparities Research at Penn State (CEDR;;, a new and jointly funded research center by the College of Education( and Social Sciences Research Institute (, invites applications for a two-year residential Postdoctoral Scholar. The Scholar will engage in high-impact, multidisciplinary, and transformative research using quantitative data analyses of population-level data to examine educational disparities in the U.S., particularly those relating to disability identification and delivery of specialized supports and services as well as estimates of the effectiveness of these services. The Scholar will engage in research under the mentorship of Paul Morgan (, CEDR’s Director, as well as have opportunities to engage in his or her own related research, attend workshops and events, gain experience in Center-related administration, and present at least one public lecture while a scholar in residence at Penn State. Opportunities to engage in collaborative research with multidisciplinary faculty (e.g., sociology, demography, health policy, developmental psychology) across Penn State will be encouraged. The Scholar’s activities should result in a strong record of publication and grant writing. An appointment beyond two years will be subject to external grant funding. Salary is competitive and full University benefits apply. We welcome excellent applicants from all disciplines, including education, sociology, demography, public health, public policy, economics, and psychology. Applicants whose work reflects multidisciplinary training as well as demonstrated expertise in analyzing population-level datasets using advanced quantitative methods are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should have successfully defended their dissertation before beginning this post-doctoral position. Requirements include an earned doctorate in the social sciences with emphasis in quantitative research methods and both knowledge and experience in using quantitative research method to inform educational research, practice, and policy; demonstrated capabilities in rigorous analysis of large-scale data; potential and/or evidence of assistance in writing successful grant proposals and working collaboratively with multidisciplinary research teams. Desired qualifications include knowledge of multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks (e.g., public health, psychology, sociology) to understand and conduct education-related research particularly as it relates to disability identification in U.S. schools; use of advanced quantitative analytical methods (e.g., growth mixture modeling, propensity score matching); knowledge of educational disparities as experienced by traditionally marginalized populations; demonstrable skill in synthesizing and reporting on empirical research findings. All materials must be submitted through Penn State’s Electronic Job Management System ( Please submit the following materials: A 1-2 pg. cover letter briefly discussing your prior research experiences, current interests, and long-term career goals; a 1-2 pg. research plan that briefly outlines a proposed set of first and/or second year research project(s), particularly as it relates to investigating and addressing educational disparities using population-based data for children with or at risk for disabilities. There should be some justification for these proposed activities from extant theoretical and empirical work; a recent curriculum vitae; a sample of scholarly writing. This may be a dissertation chapter, conference paper, or, peer-reviewed journal article; Contact information of three individuals positioned to remark on your potential, including in regards to experience in conducting quantitative work designed to inform efforts to understand and address educational disparities. Applications received by March 26, 2018 will receive full consideration. Applicants will be notified in May regarding the status of their submissions. The anticipated start date is the summer of 2018, with this date subject to negotiation. The successful hire will have earned a doctorate prior to beginning the position. For inquiries, please contact Paul L. Morgan at using the subject line “CEDR Post-Doc.”

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088