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Postdoctoral Scholar in Sentencing Research and Policy

 The Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) and Department of Sociology and Criminology at The Pennsylvania State University invite applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position to begin June 1, 2019, or as soon as practical thereafter. The successful applicant will collaborate with the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing on research related to sentencing guidelines, risk and needs assessment (development and validation of tools), pre-trial release, parole, program evaluation, and related topics. Applications are encouraged from both current Ph.D. candidates (an appointment to the position is contingent on completing all requirements for the degree by the appointment date) and scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the past two years. A Ph.D. in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, economics, public policy, or a related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced training in statistics or methods of causal inference and to those with research interests in courts or sentencing and with a knowledge of, or practical experience with, program evaluation. Responsibilities may include data collection and/or management; data analyses; preparation of grant proposals, manuscripts, and conference presentations; and participation in graduate student mentoring. In addition to collaborative projects, the scholar will have access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. The CJRC has an outstanding portfolio of faculty affiliates, seed funding resources, and externally funded ongoing research projects. The Department of Sociology and Criminology is ranked among the top in the nation and provides graduate and undergraduate programs focused specifically on crime and the criminal justice system. The initial appointment will be for two years, with the potential for a third year contingent on the candidate’s productivity and the availability of funding. Interested candidates must submit an online application and should include a letter of interest and CV. If selected as a finalist for the position, recommendation letters will be requested. Review of applications will begin October 15. For more information about the position, please contact Professor Derek Kreager (dak27@psu.edu).