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Postdoctoral Scholar - Research Associate

Political Science and International Relations Los Angeles, California

Post Doctoral Research Associate

The University of Southern California Department of Political Science and International Relations is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to work with two newly established research centers: The USC Institute for Intersectionality and Social Transformation (USC-IIST) and the USC Dornsife Center for Leadership by Women of Color (CLWoC).  The research associate will work directly with the leader of both organizations, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, and a multi-disciplinary research team to shepherd work conducted in collaboration with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency (LAHSA) to pilot the implementation of recommendations developed by the 2019 report from the Ad-Hoc Committee on Homelessness Experienced by Black People. 

The postdoctoral scholar will coordinate the research-practice partnership activities related to this project; conduct the data management and analysis for this project; conduct literature reviews; draft presentations, reports, and policy briefs; present at frequent meetings with workgroups organized to prioritize, pilot and assess the recommendations. Specifically, project activities will involve communicating with LAHSA, key stakeholders, and the research team; developing a thorough understanding of administrative data in the sector; creating codebooks for complex datasets; analyzing and graphing data; writing about results for both practitioner and research audiences; drafting reports and scholarly papers; assisting with grant proposals; and regularly attending planning and project meetings. Where applicable, the postdoctoral scholar will also help secure data agreements with postsecondary institutions and assist with grant proposals.  The postdoc will also have the opportunity to co-author research stemming from this project and, given the current COVID-19 conditions, may have the option to work remotely as necessary or required by local health regulations.

This is a one-year fixed term position.

Desired Skills and Experience Include: Genuine interest in ending racial disparities in access to safe, affordable, and permanent housing. Experience conducting rigorous, high quality research, and publishing in academic journals, and experience translating research findings into materials and presentations useful for practitioner audiences A doctoral degree in the social and behavioral sciences or public policy The inter-personal skills needed for participating successfully in a collaborative research-practice partnership involving multiple key stakeholders Keen attention to detail and an excellent work ethic Experience in the management, analysis, and display of administrative data Experience conducting multi-method analyses combining quantitative and qualitative data Compensation and Benefits: This will be an annual contract, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The university also offers excellent postdoctoral benefits which include health, dental, vision and life insurance; tuition assistance; disability and retirement plans; credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities. The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

REQ20094135 Posted Date: 10/12/2020

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