Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion and Public Life Program

Rice University

United States


Position Summary

The Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) at Rice University is offering one postdoctoral fellowship that is two years in length that will begin on July 1, 2019. The fellow will be housed in the Religion and Public Life Program in the Department of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences. The fellow will work primarily on quantitative analyses related to the Faith at Work and Religious Discrimination in the Workplace Study (Elaine Howard Ecklund, PI, and Denise Daniels, co-PI), a U.S.-based study that examines the impact of gender, race, and social class on perceptions of faith expression in the workplace and religious discrimination. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will work on other research projects, including the Religion among Academic Scientists in International Context study, RPLPprogramming, and other studies as needed. The fellow will also have the opportunity to pursue independent research projects. There are no teaching responsibilities associated with the fellowship.

Education Required

PhD or other Doctoral Degree



Experience Required

No experience required

Skills Required

The successful applicant must have the ability to work in a team setting, have excellent communications skills, and be organized and detail-oriented. He or she should possess at least basic proficiency in Social Sciences software packages (SPSSSTATA, Atlas.ti., etc.).

Skills Preferred

Because of the needs of the study, preference will be given to applicants who have ability to conduct high-level statistical analysis.

Physical Demands

This individual must be able to sit at a computer terminal for extended periods of time.

Working Conditions

This individual will be required to travel occasionally, as well as work evenings and weekends from time to time.

Security Sensitive


Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered, applicants must provide the materials identified in the application (a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of references, and at least one publication using quantitative methods).

In addition to the online application materials, two letters of recommendation sent by writers under separate cover will be required. Letters should be sent to Laura Achenbaum, Associate Director of Research for the Religion and Public Life Program, at

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Job Duty Name

Research on Faith at Work Study

Independent Research

Description of Job Duty

 - This individual will be responsible for working on the Faith at Work project, funded by the Lilly Endowment. He or she will primarily be responsible for quantitative analysis, and there will be an opportunity to publish academic papers and present findings at conferences with the PI and Co-PI.

The applicant selected will have the opportunity to develop and pursue his or her own research agenda.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Writing Sample
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. References/Recommendation Request
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a PhD or other doctoral degree in sociology?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Will have by summer 2019

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