Postdoctoral Fellow for Interdisciplinary Social Science Research

New York University Shanghai

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Postdoctoral Fellowship of Interdisciplinary Social Science Research NYU Shanghai


Job Description:

We are recruiting a postdoc for the project “Growing up in China: Cohort 2021 Study” at NYU
Shanghai. This is a 2year renewable appointment. The successful applicant will work with a faculty
group from multiple disciplines to design and implement the project and conduct a pilot study.
The crossdisciplinary project aims to uncover sociological, psychological, neural, and epigenetic
processes of the intergenerational transmission and accumulation of advantages and
disadvantages in the Chinese context, with important implications for public policies to boost birth
rate, alleviate poverty, reduce educational disparity, and promote longterm social mobility. It will
follow newborn children through first grade to collect comprehensive data on early child
development outcomes in physical, neural, cognitive, social and emotional development domains
within multiple social contexts in which children grow up, including parental and nonparental
care, kindergarteners/schools, community, and state policies.



The fellowship will involve a diverse set of tasks…
1. Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan, monitor progress and make
adjustments as needed, provide project updates on a consistent basis to various
stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress, and measure project performance
to identify areas for improvement. (15%)
2. Work with the faculty group on questionnaire and survey instrument design, and work with
a technology team to implement the instrument. (25%)
3. Coordinate IRB protocols: writing, submission, maintenance and compliance. Apply and
obtain IRB approval for the study. (15%)
4. Serve as a liaison for research partners, government offices, and other stakeholders, assist
with grant submission: explore funding opportunities, assist in submission, manage
deadlines. (15%)
5. Conduct a pilot study using the instrument. (10%)
6. Professional development writing his/her own research publications, gaining teaching
experiences, etc. (20%)



Required Education

The successful applicant should have a Ph.D. or ABD in social science (education, psychology,
sociology) or a related field.

Required Experience

Successful candidates should have strong training in social sciences and demonstrate strong
research, organizational and project management skills. Must have the ability to work and
communicate with diverse internal and external stakeholders in individual and group settings.
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

A good command of written and spoken English and Chinese is highly preferred.
Excellent planning, organizational, and communication skills.
Highly motivated and goal oriented.
Training in quantitative methods will be a plus.


Application process:

Interested applicants should send a C.V., two recommendation letters and a cover letter
addressing research and academic interests to We will continue to review
applications until the position is filled. Fellowship can begin as early as April 1, 2021.
Please visit our website at for instructions and
other information on how to apply. If you have any questions, please email


About NYU Shanghai:

NYU Shanghai is the third degreegranting campus within New York University’s global network.
It is the first higher education joint venture in China authorized to grant degrees that are
accredited in the U.S. as well as in China. All teaching is conducted in English. A research
university with liberal arts and science at its core, it resides in one of the world’s great cities with
a vibrant intellectual community. NYU Shanghai recruits scholars of the highest caliber who are
committed to NYU’s global vision of transformative teaching and innovative research and who
embody the global society in which we live.

NYU’s global network includes degreegranting campuses in New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, complemented by eleven additional academic centers across five continents. Faculty and students circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and crosscultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global.

NYU Shanghai is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social
inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in
the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, and gender
and sexual identity. NYU Shanghai affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we
strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach.

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