Job Summary

The Department of Political Science at Purdue seeks a Post-doctoral Research Fellow for a 12-month position to support ongoing research in areas of public opinion, political psychology, and political communication. The research fellow will maintain their own research agenda and work on collaborative projects related to one or more of the following: political emotions, social identity, political attitudes, and behavior, and/or text analysis of open-ended survey data. Opportunities for collaborative work within these broader areas will be determined based on the fellow’s interests and skills. In addition, the fellow may provide mentoring and supervision of graduate and undergraduate researchers in a team-based environment, assist in the development of new lab facilities in the department, and participate in the broader intellectual life of the Department of Political Science and the College of Liberal Arts. Start date is on or before August 16, 2022.


The position requires a recent PhD in Political Science, Public Policy, or a closely related field, completed no earlier than August 2019. Candidates must show evidence that all requirements for the PhD have been met prior to the start of the position. Candidates must also have strong training in research design and quantitative methods using both R and Stata. Preference will be given to applicants with skills in one or more of the following areas: grant writing, survey methodology, causal inference, machine learning, or natural language processing. 

The College and University

Founded in 1869, Purdue is a research-intensive, PhD-granting institution and a public land-grant university with an active, and collegial network of faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Political Science faculty members are actively involved with interdisciplinary programs and centers, including the Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP), the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement, the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, the Human Rights Program, the Purdue Policy Research Institute and many others. West Lafayette is an affordable, welcoming community with many opportunities for entertainment, dining, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.


Candidates should submit a cover letter describing fit for the position, CV, the names of three references, graduate transcripts, a separate statement on diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in mentoring, and a solo-authored writing sample. Application materials must be submitted electronically via

Purdue University’s Department of Political Science is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. 

Review of applications will begin 5/23/2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be addressed to Department Head Cherie Maestas at

The anticipated salary range is $52,000 – $55,000 for the fiscal year with additional support for research and travel.  This position is contingent on final budget approval.

A background check is required for employment in this position. 

Ability to work in the US without immigration sponsorship from Purdue University is required.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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