Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) in Economic Inequality - Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York City, NY

ID: 7180932
Posted: September 20, 2023

Job Description

Position: Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) in Economic Inequality - Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Job ID: 27279

Compensation: $87,000/year plus an allowance for research-related expenditures, as well as an allowance for hiring research assistants from the Graduate Center’s student population

Closing Date: November 1, 2023


The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.


The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality conducts and promotes quantitative research using inequality as a lens on society, politics, and the economy. The core faculty, the affiliated and postdoctoral scholars, and the students working within the center share a commitment to scholarship that is data-driven, interdisciplinary, and policy-oriented, often addressing questions that are cross-nationally comparative or global in scope.

The Stone Center:

· Is home to a group of six core faculty members (senior scholars) who teach sociology, political science, and economics, and who—with graduate students and external affiliated scholars— are actively engaged in research addressing diverse aspects of socio-economic inequalities;

· Hosts the US Office of LIS, the cross-national data center in Luxembourg, with socio-economic microdata from 60+ countries;

· Organizes three seminar series related to inequality and collaborates with the Graduate Center’s Office of Public Programs on several large events each year.

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The Stone Center seeks to hire a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) working on economic inequality. In this cycle, priority will be given to candidates whose work focuses on one or more of the following:

· global inequality, currently or historically

· economic inequality in historical perspective;

· economic inequality in China.

The postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to work individually on their own projects, and also to collaborate with Professor Branko Milanovic, as well as with other Stone Center senior scholars and postdoctoral scholars, as appropriate. This position reports to a Professor and is a full-time two-year position beginning in fall 2024.

In addition to the responsibilities listed under “General Duties” above, the scholar will:

· Conduct self-directed research that contributes to the growing national and international conversations on inequality, and on feasible public and private strategies aimed at furthering fair and effective policy and institutional change;

· Engage with other Stone Center postdoctoral scholars to build community and share research; Work with the Center’s communications team to produce and disseminate public-facing scholarship, via a mix of social media tools and public programming;

· Perform other duties, occasionally, as requested by Stone Center senior scholars or staff.

All full-time and part-time CUNY staff are expected to work in-person at their campus office 70% of their work time. For full-time staff, this is equivalent to 7 out of 10 days of in-person work in a two-week period (e.g., 7 days in-person, 3 days remote). This hybrid work schedule is subject to change.


- Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

- Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

- Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

- Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

- Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

- Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

· Ph.D. degree in economics, history, sociology, political science, demography, public policy, or a related social science discipline; applicants must have completed their Ph.D. no more than seven years prior to the application date, or demonstrate that it will be completed by the position start date;

· Research portfolio that demonstrates interest in and experience with empirical, methodological, or theoretical scholarship on socio-economic inequality, with a focus on the content areas noted above;

· High level of technical skill, expertise in a range of quantitative methods, and experience with complex data sets;

· Experience with communicating research findings in a way that is relevant to the public.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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Please click on "Apply Now" which will bring you to the registration screen. If you are a new user, you must register to apply. If you already have a user ID, please use your existing ID. The following are all required:

· Curriculum vitae.

· Statement of interest, not to exceed 1,500. Summarize your qualifications, and describe your past work related to global inequality, economic inequality in historical perspective, and/or economic inequality in China. Please include a brief description of the projects that you hope/expect to carry out during the two-year period.

· One writing sample.

· Contact details for three (3) professional references, including their names, titles, organizations, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Letters of recommendation are not required with the initial application.

Please upload all documents in PDF format.

Scholars studying facets of wealth inequality may choose to apply for a different Stone Center postdoctoral scholar position, referenced here as Job ID 27282. Candidates whose research experience is appropriate for both positions are welcome to apply to both.

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.