Postdoctoral Research Associate – College Park, MD 20740

The Women’s Empowerment: Data for Gender Equality (WEDGE) project, led by Sonalde Desai and Feinian Chen, focuses on women’s economic empowerment in the developing world. This project, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, is housed at the University of Maryland. Post-doctoral scholars are expected to have a firm grasp of the relevant literature, develop and test new measures, and engage in independent and collaborative research. In addition, they will be expected to participate in the creation of a community of scholars engaged in these issues.

Applications should be submitted electronically via
The following application materials are expected:
1. A curriculum vitae.
2. A cover letter (500-750 words) explaining the applicant’s suitability for the job.
3. Statement of research interests.
4. List of references. Letters will only be solicited for short-listed candidates.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. research completed.


  • A Ph.D. in sociology, economics, demography or related quantitative social sciences.
  • Record of scholarship focused on gender, economic empowerment and the global south.
  • Able to work independently with quantitative data and experience with large datasets.
  • Editorial judgment and strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously while ensuring accuracy in data management, fact checking and research.
  • Attention to detail, including exacting standards to maintain accuracy and impartiality in all work products.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with staff from the team, as well as with staff from collaborating institutions and advisors.

Additional Certifications: Additional Information: Posting Date: 11/15/2019 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Yes Best Consideration Date 01/15/2020 Physical Demands Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research (examples: research statement, research programs)
  • List of References (no emails sent from system)

Optional Documents


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