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Religion and Social Change Lab
Duke Global Health Institute
The Religion and Social Change Lab (RaSCL) at Duke University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for research investigating the training and formation of religious leaders at from seminary into early career. This position is part of the larger Seminary to Early Ministry Study, a mixed method, longitudinal study tracking students' theological beliefs, social and political attitudes, physical and mental health, social networks, academic experiences, and career aspirations.
Responsibilities will include qualitative data collection, analysis, and writing. It will also involve developing research protocols, participant interactions and scheduling, manuscript preparation, IRB submissions, and the supervision of students and research assistants.
The ideal candidate will have training and experience in qualitative methods including in-depth interviews and ethnography as well as substantive interests in the social scientific study of religion. Preference will be given to candidates with interests and/or a background in the study of clergy, congregations, religious education, professional socialization, and/or health. Familiarity with Mainline Protestant denominations and/or seminary education is a plus as is experience in team-based qualitative analysis and/or mixed-methods research.
Applicants must hold a PhD in sociology or a closely related field (e.g. religious studies, anthropology, psychology) prior to the start date.
While this position is housed administratively within the Duke Global Health Institute, it will provide the opportunity to closely with other researchers across Duke, including in the Department of Sociology, Duke Divinity School and the Clergy Health Initiative.
The initial appointment will be for two years, with the expectation of renewal for a third year pending positive performance. Review of candidates will begin immediately, until the position is filled.
The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023. The position will require relocation to the Raleigh/Durham area and participation in the intellectual life of RaSCL and the broader clergy research collaborative. The position will involve occasional travel to conduct fieldwork in North Carolina and/or around the Southeastern USA.
This is not a remote position. We expect the hired candidate to relocated to the Durham area and to participate fully in the intellectual life of RaSCL and the broader Collaborative. The position will involve occasional travel to conduct fieldwork in North Carolina and/or around the Southeastern USA.
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