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Postdoctoral Scholar in Sociology of Health and Equity

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Sociology of Health and Equity– AY 2023-24
Salary range: See Table 23 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,000 - $ 71,952. In addition, benefits and funds for research expenses including travel to 1-2 conferences are provided.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: January 2023
Position duration: 12 months

Application Window

Open date: September 12, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Sep 26, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Sociology of Health and Equity (SHE) Lab in the Department of Sociology (https: // at the University of California, Merced is seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Fellow to collaborate on projects. The research projects will be primarily focused on examining racial contrasts within the relationships between structural and interpersonal racism and health outcomes. Qualified candidates with a Ph.D. in Sociology or other closely related social, behavioral, or population science field are invited to apply. We are specifically seeking Fellows who have extensive quantitative training and demonstrated theoretical engagement in the study of race and racism.

UC Merced’s SHE Lab is led by Dr. Whitney Pirtle, an award-winning mentor, who is involved in a variety of research projects related to race and health equity. In addition, Dr. Pirtle’s research includes studies on racial formation and identity, anti-Blackness in educational settings, and Black Feminist Sociology (all of which could be open for collaboration).

The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) work independently with guidance from the principal investigator and collaborators; to, (2) develop and implement research plans; (3) lead data analyses of quantitative projects; (4) contribute to theoretical background to research projects; and, (5) advance dissemination of study findings for academic and policy audiences, including a presentation at UC Merced. Funds will be available for travel to 1-2 conferences. The position is a full-time, 12-month academic position with an anticipated start date of January 2023 and the potential for hybrid virtual and in-person work.

For more information, please contact Dr. Whitney Pirtle at

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

Ph.D. in Sociology or other related social, behavioral, or population science field.

Additional qualifications

• Strong quantitative methodological and data analysis skills.
• Expertise in the areas of race and racism.
• Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent and collaborative scientific research.

Preferred qualifications

• Demonstrated evidence of strong contributions to scholarship, including peer-reviewed publications.
• Experience conducting or collaborating on health research studies.
• Willingness to mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants.
• Substantive training in Critical Race Theory, DuBosian sociology, Black feminist sociology or other Black radical thought traditions.
• Interest in health equity research.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • 1 writing sample (publications or dissertation chapters)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

List of 3 professional references with contact information including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. Reference will be contacted as needed.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA - Partial remote options are available.