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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now Job no: 101317-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific, Other

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to hire a faculty member with research interests in aging, health or the life course with requisite background in longitudinal survey use, design and/or management - as well as experience obtaining external funding - to provide social science leadership for the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. The tenure home would be in Sociology.

The Sociology department is enthusiastic about recruiting a faculty colleague who would bring leadership to the WLS - a longstanding and important research resource that has emerged from our department - and would also bring important contributions to the department's current research and teaching needs (e.g., in areas of medical sociology, aging and the life course, and social stratification). The position requires a scholar with a relevant research portfolio, survey management experience/interest, and the potential of raising significant external funds. We expect that candidates with the requisite qualifications will be mid-career (associate or full professor), but advanced assistant professors with the relevant qualifications and interests may also be considered.

The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) follows more than 10,000 individuals from the 1957 high school graduating class in Wisconsin. The WLS provides a unique opportunity to study the human life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through old age. The study has been innovative in both the duration of data collection and in the types of data collected, including extensive self-reported survey information (from respondents plus spouses and siblings), as well as genetic and biological markers (including blood, stool samples and most recently brain scans).

A candidate for this position should have expertise in topics related to the past and future opportunities for research using the WLS, including aging, health, the life course, social stratification, and/or multi-generational relationships and transfers. Disciplinary background would likely include a PhD in sociology, demography, public health, public policy, social work, economics or related field.

Since its inception, the WLS has been led by a social scientist, and such leadership will be important for the future of the study, given the potential sampling and fielding complexities associated with studying the children (and grandchildren) of the WLS respondents - a likely next step for the project given the advancing age of the original respondents. Since 1991, the WLS has been continuously funded via five major, multi-year NIH grants, and we expect that NIH support will be critical to the study's future. Therefore, we seek a scholar with experience/interest in survey development, implementation and management, as well as prior experience in grantwriting and demonstrated success at obtaining external support for research.

Principal Duties:

Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the research, teaching and service missions of the Department of Sociology - and to assume the UW leadership of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. Candidates will be expected to engage in research in their area of specialization leading to scholarly publication at the national and international levels. Teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels is expected, as well as mentoring of graduate students. University and professional service required as appropriate.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Ph.D. in Sociology, Demography, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Economics, or related field, with a substantive specialization in areas related to aging, life course, health, social stratification, or multi-generational research, as well as relevant experience in the use of longitudinal surveys.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidates with relevant substantive expertise, an excellent publication record, and experience with obtaining external funding are strongly encouraged to apply. Appointment at the tenured level requires evidence of excellence in research, teaching, and service and requires review by the Social Sciences Divisional Committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Additional Information:

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our university's interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Furthermore, diversity and inclusion are primary values for the Department of Sociology, as well as other units on campus, and are integral to achieving our strategic goals. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion across all spectrums.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.



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Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, go to and click on PVL 101317, then please click on the 'Apply Now' button. You will be asked to create a profile and upload the following: 1) C.V., 2) cover letter, 3) research statement, 4) teaching statement, and 5) 2 samples of written work (please upload these 2 samples together). You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references as part of your online application.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is January 10, 2020; however, positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


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