CUNY Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) - High end wealth inequality - Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality in New York, New York


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


Research Associate




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 GC has established itself as a leader in the interdisciplinary study of inequality. In autumn 2016, the GC received a $2.5 million gift from James and Cathleen Stone to support research, teaching, and public programming related to inequality. To recognize this generous gift, the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Center was renamed the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality. The Stone Center on Socio-Economic Equality was established in 2009 and houses four major activities: 1. It serves as the U.S. Office of LIS, the renowned data archive located in Luxembourg. 2. Its core faculty members – a mix of economists, political scientists, and sociologists – teach interdisciplinary courses, focused on or including various topics related to inequality. In addition to their regular course offerings, the Center faculty join forces each June to host a week-long intensive workshop on inequality research; so far, over 250 young scholars have completed the workshop. 3. It hosts three seminar series related to inequality and collaborates with GC Public Programs on 3-4 large public events each year. 4. Its faculty and affiliated students are actively engaged in research projects addressing diverse facets of socio-economic inequality.

The Stone Center seeks to hire a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) to work on research related to the high end of the wealth distribution in the United States, cross-nationally, or both. The appointment will be for two years, full-time, and will begin in fall 2019.

Stone Center Research Associates will produce empirical research, actively contributing to the growing national and international conversation on economic inequality and on feasible strategies, both public and private, aimed at furthering fair, effective, and efficient policy and institutional reforms.

This position will report to a designated Stone Center Senior Scholar.

Option for Clinical Year: In the second year, the Research Associate will have the option of relocating to a clinical placement, i.e., to a different organization focused on applied policy work. The clinical placement could be in New York City, in Washington D.C., or elsewhere as appropriate. During the clinical year, the Research Associate will continue to be employed by (paid by) and linked to, the Stone Center and would be required to contribute to the Stone Center. Contributions will include, but are not limited to, adding a paper to the Stone Center Working Paper series, authoring blog posts or Research Briefs for the Stone Center website, delivering one or more lectures or seminars hosted by the Stone Center, and/or assisting with grant-writing/fundraising for the Stone Center.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducts his/her own research with support from senior scholars/mentors in the Stone Center.

  • Collaborates with senior scholars affiliated with the Stone Center.

  • Contributes to public learning by giving lectures in academic and applied settings, organizing public programs, developing curricula and informational materials, writing accessible policy and research briefs aimed at diverse audiences, engaging in professional-quality social media (e.g., blogs and podcasts), and building relations with key stakeholders and other scholars in the field, etc.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Ph.D. degree in economics, statistics or related discipline. (Applicants must have completed their PhD – or demonstrate that they will do so – by the position start date. Ph.D. must have been conferred no more than seven (7) years prior to the application date.)

  • Existing research portfolio that demonstrates interest in, and experience with empirical, methodological, or theoretical scholarship on the high end of the wealth distribution.

  • High level of technical skills, expertise in a range of quantitative methods, and experience with complex data sets.

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.


Salary of $87,000/year; plus an allowance for research-related expenditures. This position has been generously funded by the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation.


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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  • Current CV

  • Statement of interest. Please summarize your qualifications for this postdoctoral scholarship. Describe your past work related to inequality scholarship, and provide a description of the project(s) that you expect to carry out during the two-year postdoc period. Include a brief indication of your career goals. This statement should not exceed 1,500 words.

  • Non-binding statement regarding preference for second year. If you are interested in a clinical placement, you are invited, but not required, to specify the institution.

  • Writing/research sample. Please send one to three samples of your work. We prefer to receive solo- or first-authored pieces. If you send sample(s) with other authorship configurations, please explain your role in the research and writing process.

  • Contact information for three (3) professional references. For each, include: name, title, organization, phono number, and email address.

Please upload all documents as one file in Word or PDF format.


Open until filled with review of applications to begin on January 15, 2019. Preference will be given to applications received by that date.


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Job Title: Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) - High end wealth inequality - Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Job ID: 19631

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular