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  • November 22, 2017

    This award honors the memory of Etienne van de Walle, a world-renowned Penn demographer who was tireless in his support of graduate training and research. Graduate students are invited to submit papers for the Etienne van de Walle Prize. The Prize is awarded every other year for the best paper in demography written by a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. Submissions for the 2017 prize are due on 22 November 2017. Students from any discipline may submit a paper. The prize, including a cash award, will be announced in December 2017.  The winner will be asked to present the paper at the Population Studies Center colloquium in February 2018. The submission, a paper or a dissertation chapter, should be equivalent to an article suitable for a demography journal, e.g., a length of approximately 30 double-spaced pages, excluding tables, figures, notes, and bibliography.  The submission must be a single-authored paper. The paper must have been written since July 2015 and while the student was still in a Ph.D. program at Penn. All submissions should be sent to Tanya Yang by 22 November 2017.
    Date posted: 6/12/2017 | View listing
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  • May 1, 2017
    Stephen A. Matthews, Professor of Sociology, Anthropology & Demography (Courtesy Geography) at Penn State, seeks high-quality manuscripts for submission for a theme issue on “spatial and mathematical demography” to be published in the journal Mathematical Population Studies (Taylor and Francis Science Publishers, SSCI). He is especially interested in submissions that leverage geospatial and contextual data to investigate substantive demographic questions, integrate theory, measurement and careful data analysis, use new and innovative methods, and harness large-scale demographic data sets or use emergent data. Submissions focusing on econometric analysis, small area estimation, Bayesian spatial and hierarchical modeling, spatio-temporal analysis and spatial simulation are strongly encouraged. He encourages all those interested in submitting an abstract to consult the Mathematical Population Studies website http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gmps20/current for general information on the journal and to examine back issues and published papers.
    Date posted: 3/31/2017 | View listing
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  • University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
    March 31, 2017
    Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the Era of Inequality, a Laboratory Program for Korean Studies funded by the Academy of Korean Studies and housed in the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. This one-year Postdoctoral fellowship begins September 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2018.The Korean Millennials Laboratory includes Director, Hyunjoon Park (Sociology, University of Pennsylvania) and four Laboratory Fellows - Grace Kao (Sociology, University of Pennsylvania), Seung-kyung Kim (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University), Joongbaeck Kim (Sociology, KyungHee University), and Jaesung Choi (Economics, Sungkyunkwan University). The details of the Korean Millennials Laboratory can be found at the website, http://web.sas.upenn.edu/koreanmillennials/. The postdoctoral fellow will engage in research and develop publications focused on Korean Millennials and their transition to adulthood. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to remain in residence at the University of Pennsylvania during the period of the fellowship, and to participate in various activities of the Laboratory including regular project meetings and the weekly colloquium of the Population Studies Center.For more information about the requirements and details of the position click here.
    Date posted: 2/1/2017 | View listing
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  • Social Policy & Practice
    December 31, 2017
    The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Administrative Data Research Facilities (ADRF) Network Administrator at the School of Social Policy & Practice. The Network Administrator, will direct the day-to-day operations of the center and will support the establishment of the Sloan ADRF Network through the following three, key activities: (1) developing a network governance process, (2) organizing annual PI meetings and network conferences, and (3) creating a communications plan that includes a website and monthly newsletter. The Network Coordinator is expected to establish collegial and collaborative relationships with researchers and faculty at the Penn Population Studies Center. Here is an in-depth description of this position.
    Date posted: 12/22/2016 | View listing
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  • Fels Institute of Public Policy
    October 28, 2016
    The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. Because policy topics characteristically span the disciplinary boundaries of the academy, FPRI’s Collaborative Working Group Grants will support the formation of faculty working groups that gather a variety of perspectives around a topic. The grants will support working groups designed to stimulate deeper discussion on neglected or emerging areas, develop new research ideas and agendas, and heighten awareness of the policy implications of research. We hope to accelerate exploration and early collaboration and to identify potential projects for further development. These grants, for up to $15,000, can be used to support a series of talks, a series of related workshops, or some other new collaboration made possible with funding.
    Date posted: 10/24/2016 | View listing
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  • American Federation for Aging Research
    December 15, 2016
    The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible. For more information about the eligibility, guidelines, and application procedures click here.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
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  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    November 28, 2016
    We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Population Scientist to work as an Associate Professor for 4 years working on demography projects at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This post is a great opportunity for a talented academic with relevant skills and a commitment to population research, which will allow the successful candidate to work with some of the world’s research leaders in the field of demography and health.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
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  • Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research
    December 9, 2016
    The post-doc / research scientist will carry out research within the Max Planck Research Group: Gender Gaps in Health and Survival. His/her research will focus on investigating gender differences in health and mortality by ethnic background, and on examining the respective roles of social position, civil status and reproduction in driving these differences. The research interests of the group also encompass health trends at older ages, determinants of long-term care use, cohort differences in health at older ages, and related topics. The post-doc may also be asked to help teach some courses, co-supervise PhD students, organize workshops and lectures, and assist in the daily running of the group. Knowledge of German is not a requirement.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
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  • Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research
    December 9, 2016
    The Statistical Analyst will support the research carried out by the Max Planck Research Group: Gender Gaps in Health and Survival (GGHS) by performing statistical programming and by analyzing large datasets, particularly register datasets and population-based survey datasets. The analyst will also be responsible for cleaning and preparing datasets for analysis, and for providing assistance as needed with other data management activities.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
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  • Washington State University
    Pullman, Washington
    Date posted: 10/12/2016 | View listing
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  • Temple University
    Philadelphia, PA
    The Department of Sociology at Temple University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Population Health for Fall 2017. We seek a scholar who studies health and illness and their interrelationships with the social determinants of health at and across local, national, or global levels. We are particularly interested in researchers who also address urban processes, race and ethnicity, or gender. This faculty member is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in medical sociology, the social determinants of health, and urban and/or global health, as well as specialized and advanced courses in their area(s) of interest. We welcome scholars who use qualitative or quantitative methodological approaches. Our department offers a major, a minor, and a research certificate in the sociology of health. We are in a great and diverse city, well situated on the east coast, and Temple is a wonderful place to practice sociology. Applicants should submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, samples of written work, and a statement of teaching interests, experience, and philosophy. Three confidential letters of reference are also required. E-mail materials as attachments to healthsearch@temple.edu. If necessary, they may also be sent by mail to the department chair, Professor Kim Goyette c/o Cathy Staples, Coordinator, Department of Sociology, Gladfelter Hall, 7th floor, 1115 Polett Walk, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Applications must be received by November 15 to receive full consideration. The candidate is expected to have a PhD upon appointment. Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we welcome applicants from underrepresented groups.
    Date posted: 10/12/2016 | View listing
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  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    The ICPSR Summer Program provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques and research methodologies used in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences. With more than 80 courses, our curriculum is designed to fulfill the needs of researchers throughout their careers. First Session: June 26-July 21, 2017Second Session: July 24-August 18, 2017For more information about past and future program click here.
    Date posted: 10/12/2016 | View listing
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  • January 31, 2017
    The RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging enables outstanding junior scholars in demographic and aging research to sharpen their analytic skills, learn to communicate research results effectively, and advance their research agenda. Housed within RAND Labor and Population, the program blends formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers in a variety of disciplines. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second. Each fellow receives an annual stipend, travel stipend and health insurance.Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must have completed a Ph.D. (or its equivalent) in a relevant discipline before they begin the program. The RAND Fellows program is open to new scholars in the field of demographic and aging research, as well as individuals who already have research experience on these topics. For example, in some cases, fellows are on leave from an academic position so they can engage in research and writing full time, and extend their research agenda and funding base.The Program gives Fellows a great opportunity to jump-start their research careers. After completing the program, RAND Fellows have taken positions at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Minnesota, Johns Hopkins University, SUNY Stony Brook, the World Bank, and CDC, for example.
    Date posted: 10/4/2016 | View listing
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  • University of California Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging-CEDA USC/UCLA Center for Biodemography and Population Health
    February 27, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
    University of California at Berkeley
    October 21, 2016
    This workshop is designed to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns of adult mortality risk factors in low and middle income countries (LMIC), following-up on an inaugural workshop held on this topic at USC in February 2016. The goal is to build a robust evidence base for understanding the drivers of cross-national mortality and health expectancy patterns, especially in populations with unusually high or low adult mortality. The newly expanded availability of longitudinal HRS-type surveys in LMIC make this an opportune time to gather a network of researchers using such data to study mortality patterns, in order to share innovative methods, new results, and ideas for the most promising research agenda going forward. We solicit presentations of papers using longitudinal data from one or more LMIC, particularly from harmonized HRS family studies (see https://g2aging.org/) in China (CHARLS), Costa Rica (CRELES), Ghana (SAGE), Korea (KLOSA), Indonesia (IFLS), Mexico (MHAS), and South Africa (SAGE). We also encourage use of other LMIC micro-data with mortality follow-ups, e.g. from Taiwan (SEBAS), China (CLHLS), South Africa (HAALSI), and elsewhere, as well as comparisons with data from higher income countries such as the US (HRS), Japan (JSTAR or NUJLSOA), England (ELSA), and Europe (SHARE). The sponsors will cover hotel accommodations and meals during the workshop. Participants should be prepared to bear other costs associated with travel to the conference. This will be a small meeting of about 30 people. We invite one-page abstracts, which should be submitted by October 21st to evasile@berkeley.edu. For inquiries about topical areas please contact Will Dow wdow@berkeley.edu and Eileen Crimmins Crimmin@usc.edu. For further information please contact CEDA Executive Director Elizabeth Vasile (evasile@berkeley.edu).
    Date posted: 10/4/2016 | View listing
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  • Eastern Sociological Society
    February 23, 2017 - 9:00am - February 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia, PA
    October 15, 2016
    The Digital Sociology Mini-Conference seeks papers that address the many ways digital media technologies are “revolutionizing” everyday life.  Suggested topics, include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
    • Critical Theories of Everyday Digital Life: How have we theorized everyday life, and how are these theories being challenged by digital transformations? What challenges does the digital pose to epistemologies underlying sociological theories of the everyday? 
    • Digital Labor: How is the “gig economy” shifting the means of production, alienation from labor, and wages? How is creating online content a form of labor and who benefits from this? What are the consequences for social life of temporary labor done primarily online? 
    • Digital Citizenship: Given the changing landscapes of public and private life, what does it mean to be a citizen in the digital era? Do the affordances of ditigal technologies changes our responsibilities as citizens? How do citizens respond to moves toward “open government” in an era of pervasive government surveillance?
    • Digital Structures, Digital Institutions: The datafication of everyday life is posing unique challenges to the composition of social institutions and giving rise to new instantiations of education, finance, labor, and governance. How do we theorize, study, and conceptualize the re-composition of these institutions?
    • Digital Sociological Methods: How do traditional, analog sociological methods become digital? Are there new, “born digital” sociological methods? Is knowledge production different now? Will big data replace survey methodology?
    • Identity, Community, and Networks: How do sociological concepts of micro and macro, personal and public, “front stage” and “back stage,” evolve as digital and mobile technologies increasingly blur these boundaries? How do digital environments shape identities of race, gender, sexuality and queerness?
    • Social Movements, Digital Technologies: Given the increasing attention to social media as a tool used by both political and social movements and campaigns in the U.S. and abroad, we invite papers that address the connections between movements and media. Topics may include but are not limited to comparisons of online and offline activism, risks and costs associated with online activism, comparisons of traditional and social media, online activist identity, and ways in which social media platforms transmit movement content such as frames.
    • Digital Pedagogy: How are educators using digital tools to teach in innovative ways?
    We encourage submissions from scholars at all levels, and are particularly enthusiastic to support the work of graduate students and early career researchers. We welcome submissions for individual papers and for entirely constituted sessions. The organizers share a commitment to creating a field that honors diverse voices, and as such are excited to see scholars from groups that are typically underrepresented in sociology. When proposing entirely constituted panels, please keep this commitment to diverse voices in mind.If you have any questions about proposals, topics, or session ideas please contact one of the organizers: Leslie Jones (lesjones@sas.upenn.edu), Rachel Durso (rdurso2@washcoll.edu)  or Jessie Daniels (jdaniels@hunter.cuny.edu). For individual presentations, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, as well as the title of the paper, name of presenter, institutional affiliation and contact details. Please email your submissions to ESSDigitalSociology@gmail.com.  
    Date posted: 10/4/2016 | View listing
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  • Population Association of America
    April 27, 2017 - 9:00am - April 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Chicago, IL
    September 29, 2016
    For more information about submitting a paper click here.
    Date posted: 9/23/2016 | View listing
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  • Russel Sage Foundation
    November 30, 2016
    Social science research on many topics has often been hampered by the limitations associated with survey data. However, the digital age has rapidly increased access to large and comprehensive data sources such as public and private administrative databases, and unique new sources of information from online transactions, social-media interactions, and internet searches. New computational tools also allow for the extraction, coding, and analysis of large volumes of text. Advances in analytical methods for exploiting and analyzing data have accompanied the rise of these data. The emergence of these new data also raises questions about access, privacy and confidentiality.The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. Examples of research (some recently funded by RSF) that are of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:
    • Linked Administrative Data
    • Private Administrative Data
    • Machine-Learning
    • Online Surveys and Experiments
    • Text Analysis
    • Social Media
    For more information about RSF funding click here.
    Date posted: 9/20/2016 | View listing
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  • National Institute of Aging and Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging
    November 18, 2016
    With financial support from NIA, we seek proposals for manuscripts assessing various aspects of population level trends in dementia. The authors will present the manuscripts at a conference in the Washington DC area in May or June 2017. We anticipate that the manuscripts will be published as part of a supplemental issue of a peer-reviewed journal, and we are currently in discussions with Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.Four priority areas have been identified:
    1. latest data on population-level trends in dementia from the US and abroad;
    2. disparities in trends in dementia;
    3. causes of population-level trends in dementia;
    4. consequences of population-level trends in dementia for individuals, families, and societies.
    Authors of each of the 10 manuscripts that are selected will receive a $3000 honorarium. Travel expenses associated with participation in the conference will also be covered.The 2-3 page proposal should describe the aim of the manuscript as well as data and methods to be used. If initial findings exist, they may be described. Please include CVs of the authors along with the proposal.The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 18, 2016. Please submit proposals to Rhonda Moats at rmoats@umich.edu. Authors will be notified by December 9, 2016. Questions about the call for proposals should be directed to Bob Schoeni (bschoeni@umich.edu).Bob Schoeni, Vicki Freeman, Ken Langa University of Michigan Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging Disability TRENDS Network Find more information here.
    Date posted: 9/20/2016 | View listing
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