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Research Associate Position

School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) seeks to appoint a post-doctoral research associate on the Indianapolis campus. The successful candidate will assist with funded projects examining behavioral health interventions within the criminal justice system that are aimed at persons with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorder. In addition to developing their own substantive area of research, the successful candidate will be expected to author/co-author several peer-reviewed publications related to projects in conjunction with the Principal Investigator (Dr. Brad Ray) and collaborate on new federal funding proposals (NIDA, NIMH, or NIJ). This position offers ample opportunities for publications, inter-disciplinary collaboration, professional networking, and refinement of analytic skills. Successful candidates are also required to teach two courses per academic year from the undergraduate or graduate curriculum; however, course selection and distribution of courses are flexible (i.e., 1:1 or 0:2 teaching load).

The ideal candidate has recently earned their Ph.D. (in criminal justice, public affairs, social work, sociology, public health, or related field) and seeks another year or two to develop their research program in pursuit of a tenure-track position. The research associate will be expected to collaborate to publish in peer-reviewed journals; contribute to a research program on mental health, substance use disorder, criminal justice interventions, or overdose prevention; and gain experience as an instructor. They will do this in a strong and committed academic environment. We also encourage collaborative policy work with the Center for Criminal Justice Research (CCJR), a research center that works with local agencies and organizations to provide impartial applied research on criminal justice and public safety issues. The Public Policy Institute serves as an umbrella organization for the CCJR and provides analysis, evaluation, and assistance to local agencies.

SPEA is a multi-disciplinary professional school of Indiana University, committed to excellence in research, teaching, and civic engagement. The Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses make up one core school, and combined have over 100 faculty members. Among public affairs programs, SPEA is ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. IUPUI is a research-intensive institution, with over $300 million annually in external grants and contracts. SPEA-IUPUI maintains excellent relationships with state and local government agencies and departments. We encourage collaborative policy work with the Center for Criminal Justice Research (CCJR), which is housed on the Indianapolis campus. IUPUI is located in thriving downtown Indianapolis within walking distance of the state office complex, many world-class museums and sports facilities for four professional teams.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application, current vita, complete contact information, a writing sample, and three letters of reference to:

Dr. Brad Ray
Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
801 W. Michigan Street, BS 4073
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Educator and Contractor, M/F/D and strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, applicants with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.

Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in criminal justice, social work, sociology, public health, or related fields with training in empirical research methods. This appointment may be renewed for a second year, dependent on good performance and funding.