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Population Wellbeing Initiative Research Scientist

The University of Texas at Austin
retirement plan
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
March 30, 2024

Job Posting Title:

Population Wellbeing Initiative Research Scientist


Hiring Department:

Population Research Center


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:

Sep 01, 2022


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2023





Job Description:

Seeking Research Scientists for the opportunity to join the Population Wellbeing Initiative at UT-Austin - a network of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin who conduct foundational research in economics, demography, and evaluation for long-term social welfare. Research Scientists will be hosted by the UT-Austin Population Research Center and Economics Department.

The Research Scientist will collaborate with our team in the production of outstanding population wellbeing research. The Research Scientist will be expected to concentrate their intellectual energies and work on program-related research areas. Applicants should welcome the challenge of building this field, in collaboration with our team. Position start date as early as September 01, 2022 funded for one to five years depending on funding.


Job Details:

General Notes

The Research Scientist will report to Dr. Dean Spears and Dr. Mike Geruso and will be expected to collaborate with the entire research team, in a way that respects both project goals and the Research Scientist's own scholarly judgement. This research position has no teaching requirements but the Research Scientist will be expected to provide mentorship to junior team members. Although the Research Scientist will have time to pursue independent, allied research projects, the Research Scientist should expect to collaborate as a coauthor of Population Wellbeing Initiative research, including in studies led by the Research Scientist.

A successful applicant will have research experience in one or more of our program areas, including: the social and economic determinants of fertility; the macroeconomic consequences of long term population growth; long-term social discounting in public policy evaluation; the use of social welfare functions or population ethics in public economics and policy evaluation; long-term depopulation; social policy of care work and parenting; endogenous growth; social and economic policy in low-fertility populations.

  • Produce scholarly research in line with program areas, under direction of program principals

  • Communicate regularly with program principals

  • Collaborate with the entire research team, including mentoring and directing the efforts junior team members, such as research assistants

  • Participate in program activities, including participating in seminars and conferences and hosting visiting scholars

Required Qualifications
  • PhD in Economics, Population Science, Social Demography, or a related field

  • Research experience

  • Excellent English for scholarly writing.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Expertise in public economics, demography, or social welfare evaluation

Salary Range

OPEN - Competitive, contingent on qualifications, discipline, and market conditions

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • Job market paper or other writing sample

  • 3 references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from an academic advisor or senior colleague (reference letters need not be included with the initial application).

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an ,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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