Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Postdoctoral Associate – Big Data/Data Science

Posted: 11/2/2019 (Employment)

The Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM) at Cornell University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate position in Big Data/Data Science. The position starts in July/August 2020 and will continue for two years, subject to a satisfactory first-year evaluation. Successful candidates will have demonstrated strengths in applying data science or computational approaches to applied questions in economics, demography, sociology, or policy, with expertise in areas such as machine learning, digital trace data collection, text analysis, or other techniques.

The postdoctoral position will include considerable time to develop independent research and to form collaborative research projects with faculty in PAM and throughout Cornell. In addition, the Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to assist in the development and instruction (once per year) of an undergraduate introduction to data science for social science majors, along with faculty from the Department of Policy Analysis and Management. The Postdoctoral Associate will also be expected to be actively involved with department and associated-center activities and events, including workshops on data science techniques and other programming for graduate training in the social sciences.   

The Postdoctoral Associate will have access to university resources and receive a competitive annual salary plus benefits and a research/travel allowance. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in demography, economics, public policy, sociology, or a related social science discipline, by the starting date. Screening of applications begins December 2, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications must include: (a) letter of application; (b) curriculum vita; (c) a statement describing expertise in data science, including research applications and training experience; (d) examples of written work; (e) diversity statement and (f) three letters of recommendation. These materials must be submitted online via Academic Jobs Online,  For questions, please contact Matt Hall ( ) or Maria Fitzpatrick (, co-chairs of the search committee.

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Location: Cornell University (Open until filled)