School of Education, Postdoctoral Fellowship

Requisition #: A-51454-3

Status: Full Time

Type: Fellowship

School: School of Education

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Location Zip Code: 21218

Closing Date: 07/28/2018 at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time

General Description

Johns Hopkins University

Institute for Educational Policy

Post-doctoral Fellowship  for Academic Year 2018-19


The Institute for Education Policy with the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University was constituted on August 1, 2015. Our mission includes identifying research on interventions that show significant positive effects on equity and excellence, and to channel it into policy circles. We also undertake original research. The Institute is offering one post-doctoral position to a highly qualified  post-doctoral candidate whose work overlaps with, and whose participation will undergird, the Institute’s activities.

The post-doc will spend the majority of his or her time working with the Institute’s senior leadership on current policy and research projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Creating literature reviews and accompanying short-form summaries of research on specific subjects, such as the effects of grade-retention policies upon student achievement, best practices in principal preparation, or international research on site-based inspections
  • Use data for multiple purposes, including to evaluate policy proposals, summarize research findings, and analyze survey responses.
  • Reviewing state education laws and regulations to assess their likelihood of narrowing achievement gaps
  • Writing commentaries on important research for the Institute’s website
  • Attending meetings at which the Director and Deputy Director present research findings for policy-makers


A successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in economics, political science, education, or sociology and have had experience in education research. He or she must have a strong statistical background with a minimum of two years’ experience in quantitative research; a track record of follow-through and organizational talent; the proven ability to work independently; manifest interest in education policy; and excellent writing skills. The candidate should have experience working with a major educational database and have worked in a K-12 setting for at least 2 years and/or have had experience in a district or state education level agency. 

Application Instructions

Applicants must provide a letter of interest, current CV, three references (at least one professional and one academic) and a 3- to 4-page writing sample that is relevant to policy (preferably something published).   Please email Connie Kinsley, Director Human Resources, at with any questions regarding the application process and Dr. Ashley Berner, Deputy Director ( with any questions regarding position expectation.

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