We welcome applications from new doctoral degree recipients to join us as a postdoctoral research scientist. This three-year position provides new doctoral degree recipients with dedicated time and support to develop as independent scientists and scholars. The postdoctoral research scientist would collaborate and receive guidance from a senior faculty member at CSSW. The areas of doctoral specialization could include social work, social welfare, economics, education, health policy and systems, public health, systems science, psychology, implementation science, sociology, or related disciplines.
Candidates will be identified via an "open search" process, involving our Postdoctoral Search Committee at CSSW. The successful applicant will have strong interests in anti-Black and/or anti-Latinx racism. The faculty at the School are adopting a systems thinking approach to analyzing the complex forces that drive disparities and how these forces interrelate. A systems science mindset affords us the opportunity to explore how economic, education, criminal justice, child welfare, technology, implementation, and health systems are interwoven and have a deep impact on the well-being of Black and Latinx individuals, families, and communities.
The selection criteria will include:
Alignment of the applicant's research program with the School's focus on the well-being of Black and Latinx individuals, families, and communities
An outstanding record of scholarly accomplishment (as appropriate for stage of career), demonstration of independent thinking, and potential for future scholarly contributions and real-world impact
Excellent evaluations from current and former colleagues and mentors
Be able to identify collaborators from other disciplines
Presentation and communication skills, as observed during an in-person or virtual interview that includes a formal lecture to the faculty and school community
Dedication to the principles of anti-racism and anti-bias and potential contributions to the School's diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives. https://socialwork.columbia.edu/about/dei/cssw-anti-racism-action-plan/
Appointments for the CSSW Postdoctoral research scientist position start on/around July 1, 2022, with funding renewable for up to 3 years. In addition to a competitive salary package, the postdoctoral research scientist will also be provided with a research expenditure budget that can be used for conference travel, computing equipment, and/or other research-related costs. On-campus housing is guaranteed for those hired through this search.
For the Columbia School of Social Work Post-Doctoral Scholars Program, we seek candidates who are recent Ph.D. graduates (having completed their terminal degree not more than five years prior to the start of the program in Fall 2022) who are US citizens or permanent residents, and who have explicit interests in advancing the wellbeing of Black and Latinx individuals, families and communities.
We are especially looking for candidates with an outstanding record of scholarly accomplishment (as appropriate for stage of career), demonstration of independent thinking, and potential for future scholarly contributions, and committed to science with real-world impact. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities.
As part of the application process, the candidate will be asked to provide:
A current curriculum vitae
A cover letter describing the motivation for applying to CSSW (maximum of two pages)
A personal statement of no more than four pages that describes:
Their research and how it will advance scholarship in the areas of race and racism;
How they apply principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice throughout their scholarship, teaching, and service activities
Two published articles or unpublished manuscripts that are representative of the candidate's scholarship. If the applicant is not the first, senior or corresponding author, the application should include a description of their exact role on the manuscript.
Three letters of reference
The candidate should identify two to five names of potential mentors who are current Columbia School of Social Work faculty members. A good place to look for mentors would be the list of faculty on the Columbia School of Social Work's faculty page. A list of CSSW faculty can be found here: https://socialwork.columbia.edu/faculty-research/faculty/
Evaluation of applications will begin after December 15, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible and preferably before February 1, 2022.
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