University of Pennsylvania Fully Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2020

Deadline: January 13, 2020

Applications are open for the University of Pennsylvania Penn Identity & Conflict Lab Postdoctoral Fellowship 2020/2021. The Penn Identity & Conflict (PIC) Lab at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pennsylvania seeks exceptional candidates for a one-year, full-time, renewable, residential appointment as a postdoctoral research fellow.

The Lab is dedicated to addressing a broad range of critical questions focused on inter-group conflict. The Lab prioritizes research in three key areas: how social identities shape individual behavior, how conflict affects identities, and what interventions are effective in reducing inter-group conflict of different forms. Both violent and non-violent forms of conflict are considered, and the Lab integrates knowledge across the social and behavioral sciences to better understand bias, discrimination, and violence.

Fellows will split their time between their own research and work with Professor Nicholas Sambanis on different projects generated from the PIC Lab. Ongoing projects address foreign intervention and peacebuilding after ethno-sectarian war; the legacies of wartime violence exposure; the causes of violent escalation of separatist conflicts; and causes and mitigation of non-violent inter-group conflict, including conflict between native and immigrant populations.


  • All postdoctoral fellow positions pay a stipend of $53,000 plus relevant fees and health insurance.
  • The position also provides $2,000 in research support.


  • Open to scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last two years (not earlier than 2017), or who expect to complete their degree by June 2020.
  • Successful applicants will have excellent training in quantitative methods (statistical analysis, survey, and experimental methods).
  • Programming skills are highly desirable.
  • Applicants should have outstanding organizational and communication skills and prior experience using large computer databases and different statistical software (including Stata, R, and Qualtrics).
  • Applicants should be intellectually curious, ambitious, energetic, highly self-disciplined, and self-motivated
  • They should be able to work individually and as part of a team; and
  • Be open to conducting fieldwork outside the U.S.
  • Inter-disciplinary training in experimental economics and/or social psychology and adjacent fields is a plus.


Applicants will be asked to upload a cover letter, CV/resume, one-page research statement, writing sample, and unofficial Ph.D. transcript (only required for current graduate students). They will also ask for the name and email address of a letter writer who can submit a letter of recommendation.

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