Post-Doctoral Research Associate Domestic Violence Housing First

Nov 05, 2020

Dr. Cris Sullivan, from Michigan State University, has funding to rigorously evaluate the impact of Domestic Violence Housing First (community-based advocacy and flexible financial assistance) on domestic violence survivors’ housing stability, safety and well-being. This longitudinal study involves over 400 study participants, with data gathered across five time points over two years. Data collection is ongoing and expected to be complete in August of 2021 but data across one year have already been collected and are being analyzed. 

The postdoctoral research associate will assist with conducting and overseeing quantitative data analysis, co-authoring papers for submission to academic journals, report writing, and assisting in dissemination. Additional responsibilities may include data management, grant writing, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The postdoctoral research associate will receive strong mentorship in further developing their own, independent program of research, grant development and manuscript development. This position is ideal for graduating doctoral students or junior level PhDs who are looking to further their careers in either academic or applied settings. 

Minimum Qualifications  

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant applied social science or interdisciplinary field such as Community Psychology, Applied Social Psychology, Social Work, Human Development & Family Studies, or Public Health by the start of the position (or at a minimum, the final defense date must be scheduled). The successful candidate must have experience in all aspects of the design, methods, and evaluation of community-based research projects pertaining to either domestic violence or housing/homelessness (ideally both). Strong quantitative analytical skills with longitudinal data are required, as are strong writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to social justice.    

Preferred Qualifications  

Preference will be given to those with demonstrated success in publishing research in academic journals. Candidates fluent in both English and Spanish are preferred (but Spanish not required) as data are being collected in both languages. 

Key Cultural Competencies  

The successful candidate must be excited about participating in an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences. They must communicate respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.  

Compensation: The starting annual salary for this position ranges from $50,000 to $60,000 based on prior experience. Additional funding is available for conference travel and research expenses. The position will be for one year, beginning January 2021, with an option to renew based on available funding.  

The position will be online due to COVID-19 precautions until in-person restrictions are lifted in Michigan and at Michigan State University. Continuing the position remotely is a possibility.  

To Apply: Please submit your application through the Michigan State University employment website at: The following materials will be required for your application:  

● Cover letter describing your scholarly interest and relevant experience, and that includes a description of your commitment to social justice (with specific examples of how this is demonstrated in your work) 

● Curriculum vitae  

● Writing sample of at least 2 manuscripts (published or unpublished)  

● Three references who can speak directly to your research capacity: include name, phone number, email, and relationship. Reference letters will be requested for finalists.   

Review of applications will begin after 11/16/2020, and the position is expected to begin 1/4/2021

Michigan State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that values diversity in its faculty, staff, trainees, and students and especially encourages applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. 

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