Texas A&M University, Texas Census Research Data Center (TXCRDC)
Location: College Station, Texas
The Texas Census Research Data Center (TXCRDC) seeks applications for two openings for one- or two-year postdoctoral social science research positions starting as early as July 1, 2014. Title of appointment will be as Postdoctoral Research Associates.
OVERVIEW AND RESEARCH SETTING:
Research at the TXCRDC is interdisciplinary (http://txcrdc.tamu.edu) with investigators being drawn from diverse fields including economics, demography, education, geography, management, political science, public health, public policy, sociology, and urban planning.
The distinguishing characteristic of RDC research is that it draws on restricted access versions of data sets in the federal statistical system. Literally hundreds of data sets are available and are attractive to researchers because they are not available in public versions or are available in versions that contain data not contained in public versions of the data sets (e.g., low-level geography). Additionally, restricted access versions of data sets often carry greater possibilities for linking with other data sets in ways not possible using public versions (in some cases useful linkages have already been established). Examples of widely used data sets include Decennial Census micro data files, the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey (CPS), micro data files for economic census such as the Census of Manufacturing, the Survey of Small Business Owners, the Longitudinal Business Data Base (LBD), the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics data base (LEHD), the Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, and many, many more. (See links at our website for more information about available data sets.) Qualified researchers with approved projects can access these data sets and perform analyses using them in TXCRDC’s secure computing lab. In many discipline subfields access to RDC-data is crucial for conducting research addressing current issues.
The postdoc positions will provide opportunities to establish connections with researchers, departments and research centers throughout Texas A&M University. Please contact Director Mark Fossett by email (email@example.com) for information about possible research mentors and relevant opportunities for connections in fields relating to your research interests.
Postdoctoral fellows are expected to spend about half of their time working independently and about half of their time working in collaboration with one or more designated faculty mentors from relevant departments at Texas A&M University. In addition, postdoctoral fellows are expected to be involved in TXCRDC activities including regularly attending TXCRDC research presentations, participating in TXCRDC workshops, making presentations in the TXCRDC series and relevant departments at Texas A&M University. It also is expected that postdoctoral fellows will prepare one or more articles or book manuscripts for publication and initiate projects that will lead to publications in the future.
SELECTION PROCESS AND REVIEW CRITERIA
Review of applications will begin May 1, 2014 and will continue until both positions are filled. Application files will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty researchers with interests in RDC-based research.
Review criteria will include, but not be limited to: potential for research productivity during the postdoc appointment; potential for productive collaboration with TAMU researchers and on-going projects at the TXCRDC; previous RDC research experience (desired, but not mandatory); and ability to enhance the research environment based on special expertise and/or research interests.
STARTING DATE AND TERMS OF APPOINTMENT
Starting date is anticipated to be in the July 1 – September 1, 2014 time frame. Later starting dates may be considered, but are not preferred. Minimum salary is $45,000 annually and potentially higher based on relevant discipline norms and applicant qualifications. Benefits include health insurance and support for research and professional development. Appointments will be for a minimum of one year with the potential for a two-year appointment based on research plan and meeting reasonable expectations for progress in the first year.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, economics, geography, political science, public health, sociology, urban planning, or a related social science discipline on or before August 31, 2014.
Candidates must be lawful residents of the United States for the entirety of their appointment. Relatedly, candidates must be eligible for obtaining special sworn status to work on RDC-based projects is required.
Prior research experience in an RDC setting is preferred, but not required.
Applicants should provide a current CV, examples of written work, and a cover letter addressing: research interests and plans, 1 or 2 anticipated or potential TAMU faculty mentor(s), and future career goals. Note that research interests must have a primary, but not necessarily exclusive, focus on projects that use restricted access data. Also include with the CV names and contact information for three references.
Please send application materials to:
Preferred, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, mail to:
Texas Census Research Data Center
101 D. L. Houston Building
200 Discovery Drive
College Station, Texas 77845-2403