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

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

Job ID: 22059

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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 James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality conducts and promotes quantitative research using inequality as a lens on society and the economy. The 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 core faculty members who teach economics, political science and sociology, and who—with students and external affiliated scholars—are actively engaged in research addressing diverse aspects of socio-economic inequalities.

  • Hosts the US Office of LIS, an archive of internationally comparable data on income and wealth covering over 50 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.

For more information about the Stone Center visit

Position Description

The Stone Center seeks to hire a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Scholar) to work on research related to socio-economic inequality in the United States, other countries, or through cross-country comparisons. This is a full-time appointment for two years beginning in Fall 2021. The position will report to a designated Stone Center Senior Scholar. The Research Associate Postdoctoral Scholar will engage as an active member of the research team.

Including the duties in the CUNY General Duties, other duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducts self-directed research that contributes to the growing national and international conversation on inequality, and on feasible public and private strategies aimed at furthering fair, effective, and efficient policy and institutional reforms;

  • Collaborates with senior scholars affiliated with the Stone Center;

  • Contributes to public dialogue through lectures and presentations, organizes public programs, develops curricula and information materials, publishes public-facing policy and research briefs, engages in professional quality social media, and builds relations with key stakeholders and other scholars;

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Ph.D. degree in labor economics, public economics, or a related field in economics; 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 focused on socio-economic inequality.

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

  • Engagement with public policy and the communication of research findings in a way relevant for public policy.

Priority will be given to candidates conducting research in the following areas:

  • Distribution of earnings, income, wealth, and/or consumption

  • Intergroup disparities (gender, race, ethnicity, migration status)

  • Social mobility

  • History and public policy of inequality


$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. These positions are 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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The following are all required:

  1. Curriculum vitae

  2. Statement of interest, not to exceed 1,500 words: Please summarize your qualifications, and describe your past work related to inequality; provide a description of the projects you expect to carry out during the two-year period and how they are related to the work of the Center’s core faculty; indicate your career goals.

  3. Writing/research sample: Please send a sample of your academic work; sole authored or first-authored contributions are preferred.

  4. Contact details for three (3) professional references, including the name, title, and organization of each referee, their telephone numbers and email addresses.

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


November 15, 2020 (REVISED)


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