The University of Minnesota invites applications for two or more open-rank, full-time, tenure-track or tenured faculty positions. We seek demographers or population researchers who can actively contribute to the research and training missions of the University, the Minnesota Population Center (MPC), and its affiliated colleges and academic units. For each position, the tenure home will be in Applied Economics, Geography, History, Public Affairs, Public Health (Epidemiology and Community Health and Health Policy and Management), Sociology or another unit affiliated with the MPC.
We seek demographers with established or emerging lines of high-quality population research. That research may be on any number of substantive areas within demography including (but not limited to) fertility, mortality, migration, historical demography, labor force dynamics, household and family dynamics, education and human capital, population and the environment, neighborhoods and urbanization, aging, and population approaches to health disparities and health policy. Successful applicants will be expected to continue and expand their own independent research initiatives and to work with others to cultivate new interdisciplinary collaborations. Regardless of their substantive research focus, we anticipate that successful applicants will show potential for obtaining external funding (e.g., from NIH or NSF) to support their independent and collaborative research projects. Applicants should be prepared to advise doctoral and post-doctoral students and to teach courses on (a) formal demographic methods and (b) some of the following topics: fertility, mortality, migration, world population issues and problems, demography and public policy, economic demography, and advanced quantitative methods. Appointments will be made at the appropriate rank depending upon qualifications and experience and consistent with collegiate and University policy.
Requirements include: (1) a doctoral degree in demography or a discipline closely aligned with population research (e.g., economics, geography, public health, sociology); (2) demographic research and training experiences; (3) a strong publication record in relevant peer-reviewed journals; (4) evidence of potential for obtaining independent external research funding; and (5) evidence of potential for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on substantive areas within demography including (but not limited to) fertility, mortality, migration, historical demography, labor force dynamics, household and family dynamics, education and human capital, population and the environment, neighborhoods and urbanization, aging, and population approaches to health disparities and health policy.
MPC is a University-wide Center that provides a vibrant and highly collaborative interdisciplinary environment for population researchers from many disciplinary backgrounds (www.pop.umn.edu). With core support from NICHD, the center provides shared infrastructure for demographic research and training and coordinates collaborative research across the University. MPC researchers (who come from 26 academic units across 10 colleges in the University) have long worked to improve the shared data infrastructure that underlies all demographic research. The methods we pioneered for recovering, integrating, documenting, and disseminating census and survey data are transforming cross-national and cross-temporal demographic analysis: MPC data infrastructure is shifting the landscape of population research by opening new opportunities for dynamic, comparative, and multilevel analyses. Although best known for its large-scale demographic data infrastructure projects, MPC houses numerous substantive, interdisciplinary research projects on population, health, education, the environment, the labor market, and related issues. The University of Minnesota features several very strong social science units and has one of the top public health schools in the country. As a result, in the past decade MPC's substantive research portfolio has expanded to rival those of larger and longer-established population research centers.
The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its program, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. MPC and its affiliated units support the work-life balance of their faculty and staff, have a history of accommodating dual academic career couples, and encourage applications from women and members of under-represented groups.
Applications received by October 15, 2012 will receive full consideration. However, candidates are encouraged to apply before this deadline; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in early September and continuing at least through the middle of January 2013. These positions are available beginning August 2013; they will remain open until they are filled. The salaries for these positions are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Please apply online via the University's Employment System at
http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=105011. Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for one of these positions, please click on "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING" and follow the instructions. You will have an opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach materials related to your candidacy, including 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) two samples of written research.
In addition to the material submitted via the employment system, applicants must submit the following depending on position sought:
TENURE-TRACK Position - Arrange for THREE letters of recommendation to be sent directly to MPC. Letters of recommendation may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Minnesota Population Center
50 Willey Hall
225 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
TENURED Position - E-mail a list of THREE referees and their contact information to
If you have any questions about the positions or the application process, please contact us via
e-mail at email@example.com or phone the MPC office at 612-624-5818.