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  • Postdoctoral Scholar in Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Crime and Victimization
The Justice Center for Research (JCR) at The Pennsylvania State University ( invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position to begin June 1, 2018 or as soon as practical thereafter. The JCR supports innovative criminal justice research focused on the connections between research, policy, and practice. The successful applicant will collaborate with Dr. Eric Baumer in the Department of Sociology and Criminology on research that focuses on the spatial and temporal dynamics of crime and victimization. Applications are encouraged from both current Ph.D. candidates (an appointment to the position is contingent on completing all requirements for the degree by the appointment date) and scholars who have completed the Ph.D. within the past two years.  A Ph.D. in sociology, criminology, economics, public policy, or a related field is required. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced training in statistics or methods of causal inference and to those with research interests in communities and crime and/or crime trends. Responsibilities may include data collection and/or management; data analyses; preparation of grant proposals, manuscripts, and conference presentations; and participation in graduate student mentoring. In addition to collaborative projects, the scholar will have access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research. The JCR has an outstanding repertoire of faculty affiliates, seed funding resources, and externally funded ongoing research projects. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the potential for a second year contingent on the candidate’s productivity and the availability of funding. Salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000. To apply and be considered for this opportunity, please submit a letter of interest and CV here. If selected as a finalist for the position, recommendation letters will be requested. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For more information about the position, please contact Professor Baumer (

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  • Criminology Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Position Information

Supervising Unit: PSU Justice Center for Research

Division: College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University

Title: Criminology Research Project Assistant

Application Deadline: 17 November, 2017

Description: Dr. Derek Kreager, professor of criminology and sociology, is seeking two undergraduate research assistants to help support the Reentry Prison Inmate Networks Study ( R-PINS follows approximately fifty male inmates as they leave prison and re-enter their communities. Students in these positions will help clean and qualitatively code transcribed audio interviews conducted with each inmate. Work hours are approximately eight to ten hours per week, with some fluctuation based on project load throughout the semester. The positions have a good possibility of continuation for multiple semesters and are particularly well-suited for students seeking advanced degrees. Possibility to accompany inmate interviewers also exist and applicants willing to do this are preferred. 

Positions will be unpaid and cover 3 credits of CRIM 494 in the first semester with the possibility for wage pay during the summer or future semesters. 

Responsibilities: Undergraduate assistants will be working with audio recordings of qualitative interviews with incarcerated offenders. The interviews cover a variety of topics, including early life experiences preceding involvement in crime, the daily routines of prison life, and inmates’ future expectations and plans for life after release. 

The undergraduate assistants will carry out multiple tasks related to readying the audio files for transcription, redacting personal information from transcribed files, and coding interviews for qualitative analysis. The bulk of the assistants’ time will be independently coding the interviews. The research assistants will be trained in qualitative data analysis software (NVIVO), thematically code interviews, and produce summary analyses of coded interviews. Assistants will also be tasked with assembling census information to be linked to survey and network data.


  1. Current Penn State student with at least a 3.0 GPA
  2. Ability to learn quickly, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
  3. Ability to work with minimal supervision and manage schedule independently
  4. Trustworthy, ability to work with sensitive information without disclosure
  5. Successful completion of a research methods course, criminology major, and strong interest in criminal justice processes are preferred

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and information for two references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with interviews beginning in late-November and ending once positions are filled. 

Application materials should be sent electronically to with “Criminology Undergraduate Research Position” in the subject line. 

Location Nationwide: No

City: University Park

State/Province: Pennsylvania

Country: United States

Position Type: Project Research Assistant

Salary Level: Unpaid

Academic Credit Required: Yes (CRIM 494- 3 credits)