The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (USC Price) invites nominations and applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar – Research Associate. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Economics, Statistics, Finance, or other quantitative social science discipline; experience working with large data sets (e.g., American Community Survey, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, American Housing Survey); strong econometrics skills; strong oral and written communications skills; the ability to work as part of a team and to meet deadlines. Interests in housing, real estate, and the impact of demographic change on housing markets are valued, but not absolutely necessary.
The successful Postdoctoral Scholar will work closely with Richard Green, Director of the Lusk Center in Real Estate and Jorge De la Roca, Director of Research of the Lusk Center, and will be responsible for coordinating the Lusk Center seminar series and conducting research consistent with the mission of the Lusk Center.
About USC Price:
The mission of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is to educate leaders and produce knowledge that improves problem solving on the most critical issues facing society. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the betterment of communities here and abroad. To that end, USC Price provides interdisciplinary solutions for the challenging and complex issues of governance, public policy, planning, management, and development. In addition, the school offers industry-oriented programs with a significant public-private interface in health policy and management and real estate development. USC Price offers professional master’s degrees, executive master’s degrees, doctoral programs, and an undergraduate degree.
USC is one of the nation’s premiere research universities, and USC Price is a major contributor to the university’s reputation. USC Price supports an array of thematic research centers with $30 million in active sponsored research, ranking third overall in funded research at USC on a per faculty basis. Much of the school’s research is conducted through its centers, institutes, and research groups. Among them are the Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, the Lusk Center for Real Estate, the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, the Metropolitan Transportation Center (METRANS), and the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the country’s first Homeland Security Center of Excellence.
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Compensation and Benefits: This will be an annual contract, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The university also offers excellent postdoctoral benefits which include: health, dental, vision and life insurance; tuition assistance; disability and retirement plans; credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.
The annual base salary range for this position is $64,480 – $65,883. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate to join its team. The Postdoctoral Scholar will provide analytic leadership and support to a portfolio of academic research at the intersection of epidemiology, gerontology, and economics, covering topics including cognition and dementia, environmental risk factors such as pollution and climate, mental health, and cardiovascular disease. The Postdoctoral Scholar will work in a multidisciplinary environment as part of the larger research community within Global Aging team and the Center for Economic and Social Research, which offer substantial opportunities for professional development and growth.
Strong candidates will have an excellent quantitative background, strong writing skills, be highly motivated, and have excellent organizational and logical reasoning skills. The position is ideal for candidates finishing PhD programs in epidemiology, biostatistics, or other quantitative social science field. During their training, the Postdoctoral Scholar will be expected to publish first-authored manuscripts on projects aligned with the group and engage in collaborative research. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
- Conduct statistical analyses (regression, longitudinal data analysis, imputation).
- Develop complex statistical code to extract, clean, manage, and analyze data in support of research projects.
- Lead new and innovative research projects focused on cognition, dementia, and other aging-related research topics.
- Disseminate findings from analytic projects at conferences and in peer-reviewed journal articles.
- Collaborate with team members on interdisciplinary projects.
- Methodologic expertise in topics which may include causal inference methods, longitudinal data analysis, psychometric measurement methods, structural equation modeling.
- The ability to produce careful and detail-oriented work.
- Exceptional problem-solving abilities and strong analytic skills.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Past research experience involving large datasets and complex computational tasks.
Salary range: The salary range for this position is $64,480-$82,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.