Mid- and Senior-Level Social Demographer
RAND Corporation - Santa Monica, CA

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Mid- and Senior-Level Social Demographer

Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. We focus on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, and the environment. Our research is commissioned by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations, and private-sector firms. Approximately 1,600 people from more than 50 countries work at RAND's offices in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, representing diversity in work experience; academic training; political and ideological outlook; and race, gender, and ethnicity.

Position Description

RAND's Labor and Population Division is seeking mid-level and senior-level researchers to conduct high-quality, cutting-edge social demographic research as part of the RAND Population Research Center (PRC). The RAND PRC is dedicated to the scientific advancement of population studies in a period when demographic changes are creating especially complex theoretical and public policy issues. Its purpose is to provide a supportive setting in which a community of scholars can pursue population studies with the resources and facilities to produce the highest quality work. RAND is looking for dedicated scholars who can contribute to the mission of the PRC by actively taking on leadership roles within the center, mentoring and supporting junior researchers, and developing and managing interdisciplinary research teams. Currently, the PRC's research agenda is characterized by a focus on children and families, labor market and human capital investments, and socioeconomic disparities in health. RAND's Labor and Population Division is looking to both grow in these areas and to expand into other domains of demographic research. Persons seeking a collaborative and entrepreneurial research environment are encouraged to apply.


All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.

Senior researchers at RAND are expected to show a demonstrated ability to lead interdisciplinary teams, to mentor junior staff, and to communicate interim and final results to the RAND community as well as to scientific and policymaking audiences. Candidates should have excellent quantitative research skills, both in statistics and demographic methods, as well as demonstrated expertise in one or more topic areas listed above. Other requirements include:

-Record of externally funded social demographic research, preferably including support from NIH

-Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals

-Active participation and visibility within the national sociology/demography community

Education Requirements

Ph.D. in Sociology, Demography, Family Studies, Public Policy, or related fields.


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