Postdoctoral Fellowship Position Announcement

Penn Identity & Conflict Lab

AY 2022-2023

The Penn Identity & Conflict (PIC) Lab, led by Professor Nicholas Sambanis at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pennsylvania, seeks exceptional candidates for a one-year, full-time, potentially renewable, residential appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow.  The Lab addresses a broad range of critical questions focused on inter-group conflict and identity politics.  The Lab prioritizes research in three key areas: how social identities shape individual behavior, how conflict affects identities, and what interventions are effective in reducing inter-group conflict.  Both violent and non-violent forms of conflict are considered, ranging from bias, discrimination, and protest to ethnic violence, secessionism and war.  The Lab has ongoing work in several countries and in different areas, including: (1) native-immigrant conflict; (2) gender bias and discrimination; (3) effects of sports competition on attitudes and behavior; (4) determinants of nationalist policy preferences; (5) strategies to reduce prejudice and induce cooperation; and (6) mechanisms underlying the violent escalation of group claims for self-determination. A variety of methods are used to study these topics, including surveys, survey experiments, field experiments, and analysis of observational data.  The Lab seeks to integrate substantive and methodological knowledge across the social and behavioral sciences to better understand these topics.

Fellows will split their time between their own research and work with Professor Nicholas Sambanis on one or more of the Lab’s ongoing projects.  Innovative new project proposals by fellows can be considered for funding by the Lab.

Requirements and Application Information

All postdoctoral fellow positions pay a stipend of $60,000 plus relevant fees and health insurance. The position also provides $2,000 in research support.

Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees since June 2020, or who expect to complete their degree by June 2022.  Applications will be reviewed starting December 20, 2021.  To receive full consideration, application material should be received by that date.

To apply, please go to: Applicants will be asked to upload a cover letter, CV/resume, one-page research statement, writing sample, and unofficial PhD transcript (only required for current graduate students).  We will also ask for the name and email address of a letter writer who can submit a letter of recommendation.

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