The Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School Seeks Social Science and Law Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Justice Collaboratory is an interdisciplinary group of scholars at Yale University and beyond. Led by Professors Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler, our goal is to apply the latest ideas in the social sciences to inform policy and institutional design. Historically, much of our work has involved researching public trust in legal authorities and the popular legitimacy of the criminal justice system.

We are currently inviting applications for a 2020-2021 postdoctoral fellowship. This position is intended for individuals who are interested in an academic or policy career working on the intersections of science and law, with a particular interest in conducting research that informs improvements in outcomes and legitimacy of the criminal justice system. Especially encouraged to apply are candidates whose work is empirically grounded, rigorous and interdisciplinary.

Candidates should hold a doctoral degree (PhD in Psychology, Criminology, Sociology or other social science field, JD or MD), and their research interests may combine different elements of behavioral science, social science and the study of legal institutions. For example, research interests may include or be related to: the perceived legitimacy of legal actors or legal processes; legal authorities’ discretion; or evaluation of impacts of recent/current criminal justice policies, among other related topics.

Candidates must have familiarity with a range of research methods and strong quantitative skills. Experience with policy research is a plus.

Postdoctoral fellows will become integral members of The Justice Collaboratory. They will participate in Yale’s vibrant academic community, receive mentoring from our senior faculty and have the opportunity to share ideas, gain research experience and produce manuscripts for publication. Fellows will be expected to be involved in and contribute to ongoing and upcoming research projects led by the Justice Collaboratory. Responsiblities will include collaboration with the writing of grant proposals, as well as the collection, management and analysis of research data. Additionally, there is an opportunity to teach one course during the academic year, while actively engaging with the broader Yale community, attending seminars and events as appropriate. Postdoctoral fellows will be chosen based on demonstrated academic merit, rigor of their research and likelihood of future success collaborating with The Justice Collaboratory team.

The Justice Collaboratory, 100 Tower Parkway, Baker Hall Room 423, New Haven, CT 06511

This is a full-time, 12-month appointment located in New Haven, CT (appointees may have their contracts extended for an additional year, upon mutually agreed terms). Salary is competitive and we offer top-tier employee benefits.

Candidates should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in this position (of two pages or less), a CV and full contact information for three references. Please collate these documents into a single PDF file. Applications should be addressed to Prof. Tom Tyler and Prof. Tracey Meares and sent to the care of our project coordinator, Ms. Molly Aunger ( no later than May 30, 2020. Select candidates will be asked to submit a writing sample, academic transcripts, and reference letters.

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