University of Pennsylvania

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position, Economics and Policy

School of Social Policy & Practice

The Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) Program at the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) at University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position beginning no later than August 27, 2024. The position is for 10 months, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will work full-time across research projects focused on labor and/or public economics and teach one section of "Economics for Social Policy” at MSSP (course materials will be provided).

Under the supervision of Professor Ioana Marinescu, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct research in a number of areas, such as monopsony power in the labor market, the impact of technology on jobs and inequality, and the design of income support programs. The fellow is expected to work on at least one co-authored project with Professor Marinescu. The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in Penn’s research community and in professional conferences. This position will provide a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, along with an attractive benefits package.

Compensation will be commensurate with the University of Pennsylvania's postdoctoral fellow policy and will include annual allowances for research and travel.

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in Economics, or a similar field (or expected to obtain one by Fall 2024).

Preferred skills include:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, including possibly supervising research assistants.
  • Proficiency in statistical software, including STATA, is required. Proficiency in R is preferred.

Applications will be accepted until August 14, 2024, and will be reviewed by the Search Committee on a rolling basis. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Please email the following application materials to the MSSP Program at: and use “Econ Postdoc” in the subject line.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Cover letter (1 page, maximum)
  • Job market paper

Location of job: SP2, UPenn

Degree required: Doctorate

Job start date: Flexible

Job duration: 10 months, with the possibility of renewal on July 1, 2025.

Letters of reference required: 3

Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video.

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