POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Durham, NORTH CAROLINA

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Occupational Summary

The Seminary to Early Ministry (SEM) Study, a joint initiative between Duke Divinity School and the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate. The initial appointment will be made for one year beginning on July 1, 2021, with an additional year available upon satisfactory performance.

The SEM Study is the first major longitudinal study examining theological education. Our aim is ambitious: To paint the most comprehensive picture of how theological education forms students throughout their training and into the early stages of their careers. Through this, we hope to spark informed conversations about theological education and to shape the future of ministry. SEM is part of the larger Duke Clergy Health Initiative and is funded by a grant from The Duke Endowment.

We are looking for a scholar with expertise in quantitative methods to support all research aspects of the SEM Study to analyze the several round s of survey data already collected.  The scholar will report findings and lead the publication of articles and other forms of communication to the study’s primary stakeholders and funders.

DEFINITION:

The Postdoctoral Appointee holds a PhD or equivalent doctorate (e.g. ScD, MD, DVM). Candidates with non-US degrees may be required to provide proof of degree equivalency.

  • A candidate may also be appointed to a postdoctoral position if the candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree but the degree has not been formally conferred: in this case, the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree requirements, together with a statement documenting the date on which the degree is to be conferred. If the degree is not conferred by this projected date, the postdoctoral appointment may be terminated.
  • Note for international candidates: Generally, immigration classifications (e.g., H-1B, J-1, etc.) require that the requisite degree be conferred before a petition can be filed or a visa document issued to sponsor the individual.
  • The successful candidate will support all research aspects of the SEM Study, with a special focus on the quantitative aspects of the study. Duties includes, but are not limited to, quantitative analysis, writing manuscripts for peer-review, supervising students, and advancing the intellectual rigor of the study. This position will be supervised by David Eagle, Assistant Research Professor of Global Health. The successful candidate will be part of a larger team of Clergy Health Initiative staff.

    Candidates must hold (or plan to defend by August 2021) a PhD in sociology, psychology or a related discipline and have expertise in quantitative methods. Familiarity with R, or a willingness to quickly get up to speed in R, is required. Candidates must have research interests in religion and/or education. Interest in and experience working with clergy, congregations, and/or theological education is a plus. Familiarity with the United Methodist Church is considered an asset. Authorship on peer reviewed manuscripts is considered a major asset. Experience with mixed methods research is considered a plus.


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    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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