School of Labor and Employment Relations
Labor Education Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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SHORT DESCRIPTION SUMMARIZING POSITION FUNCTIONS
The School of Labor and Employment Relations at The University of Illinois invites applications
for the position of Post-Doctoral Scholar with the Project for Middle Class Renewal. This is a 12
or 24-month position that begins on August 24, 2016. The Project for Middle Class Renewal was
established in the fall of 2015 with the goal of promoting policy analysis, scholarly research and
scholar-practitioner exchanges on employment related issues. The Project’s focus is broadly on
employment policy, including the labor market, precarious work, industry studies, labor unions,
training, education, and collective bargaining.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Conduct high quality research on targeted industries, specific program, and relevant public
policies. Prepare and present research findings at national, state and regional conferences.
• Contribute to the formation of policy reports and messages for the purposes of educating the
• Work with Labor Education Program staff to provide training and education on research study
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline
as well as evidence of conducting research aligned with the Project‘s interests. Applicants should
have the capacity to work with and analyze large observational datasets, such as the Current
Population Survey (CPS) and conduct impact analysis using IMPlan or other similar tools.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of labor unions, collective bargaining, labor
market public policy and economic trends. Ability to analyze and project trends affecting
workers, employment relations, the labor market, labor unions, employment related policy, and
the collective bargaining process. Capacity to work with and analyze large observational
datasets, such as the Current Population Survey (CPS) and conduct impact analysis using IMPlan
or other similar tools. Ability to annually develop multiple employment policy reports and to
respond to emerging policy debates.
SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with experience
APPOINTMENT STATUS: 100% time for a period of 12 or 24 months.
PROPOSED STARTING DATE: Proposed starting date is February 12, 2018
Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at
http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter and resume by the October 20, 2017 close
date. On-line application will require name and contact information for 3 references. For more
information, contact Professor Robert Bruno, firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-996-2491.
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for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a
disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who
embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).