Postdoctoral Research Associate – Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy



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Job description

The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia invites applications for multiple postdoctoral research positions. The school seeks candidates who have research interests related to the core mission of the school – to generate new knowledge to solve the world’s toughest public policy challenges and educate ethical and effective leaders prepared to lead in a diverse and divided world. Opportunities for postdoctoral researchers include mentorship, sponsorship, access to resources and research infrastructure, and opportunities to collaborate with faculty at a truly interdisciplinary school.

We seek candidates from a range of disciplines including leadership/organizational behavior, social psychology, economics, political science, public administration, and public policy. Successful candidates’ research may focus on a range of topics in one of the aforementioned disciplines. We welcome candidates who  conduct research that has synergies with areas of current strength such as leadership and organizational behavior, stereotyping, prejudice, ethics, social equity, conflict management, development, education, environment, health, national security, social entrepreneurship, voting, and American institutions. We also welcome applications from candidates working on other topics in line with the mission of the Batten School. In addition, because diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Batten, a demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and inclusion is also required.

Finalists with a humanities-based or mixed-methods focus will also be considered for inclusion in UVA’s recent Mellon Foundation-funded grant “Race, Place, and Equity” and included in a university-wide group of postdocs with similar interests, spread across two cohorts. This program seeks to recruit postdoctoral scholars who have the potential to assume a tenure-track faculty position and who would benefit from a mentored professional development opportunity.

The postdoctoral appointment is renewed annually with a target length of two years and is expected to begin August 2023. Appointments involve independent research and/or opportunities for research collaboration with faculty, additional research funds, and teaching one class per academic year at the Batten School. Candidates should identify in their application 2 to 3 possible faculty within the school to serve as disciplinary mentors with whom they would be matched during the postdoc.

A terminal degree in a discipline with behavioral and policy relevance is required by the start date of the position. A criterion for selection for this position is evidence of scholarly potential that could lead to a tenure track appointment at a research university. Strong quantitative, communication, and project management skills are also required. Applicants with a track record of publication are preferred.

How to apply

Apply online at
Search for requisition R0045905. Complete the application, and upload the following Required materials:

  • 1-page cover letter identifying 2-3 potential  Batten faculty mentors
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement (max. 3 pages), including a broad introduction to your research, both past successes and future plans, as well as how your research agenda could integrate with current areas of study at the Batten School
  • Teaching statement, describing prior teaching experience and/or teaching philosophy and courses you would like to teach
  • Diversity statement (max. 2 pages), discussing your track record advancing equity and inclusion in previous positions and your plan for advancing equity and inclusion at UVA
  • Contact information for three references (references will only be contacted for those who are short listed)

** Note: Documents should be combined into fewer than five files, as five is the maximum number that can be uploaded in the CV/Resume box. Incomplete applications that are missing required documents may not be given full consideration.

Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.

Review of applications begins March 20, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions about this position should be directed to Jennett Murphy, Faculty Affairs Manager, at [email protected].  Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Recruiter, at [email protected].

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

The office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at UVA maintains information at to support postdocs.

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