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Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate
University of Southern California (USC)
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December 5, 2013
University Park Campus, California
Full-time - Experienced
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University of Southern California (USC)
When the University of Southern California opened its doors to 53 students in 1880, Los Angeles still lacked paved streets and electric lights. Today, the University of Southern California is one of the world?s leading private research universities and operates an integrated academic medical center that serves more than a million patients each year. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.
Recently the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET, and the Department of Economics at the University of Southern California initiated a five year research cooperation under the name USC-INET Institute which is to be founded in the USC Dornsife College.

The USC-INET Institute is inspired by the increasing awareness that the analysis of economic problems can no longer be based on idealized concepts of representative agents and competitive markets alone. New tools from decision theory under uncertainty and the theory of networks are needed if we are to address problems of globalization, unemployment, increased economic inequalities, financial crises, and regulation of financial institutions. Economic theorizing alone cannot succeed and must be augmented with the analysis of disaggregated transaction data, as well as experimental and survey data on individual behavior and their interactions.

During the five year period research projects on financial markets, forecasting techniques, global modeling with special emphasis on the role of China, the empirical analysis of networks, and the measurement of social well-being will be initiated. A full list and description of the research projects can be found at (weblink).

The research themes cover a number of diverse areas, but all consider novel approaches to the analysis of interdependence, networks, and decision making. The proposed themes contribute to the developments of new methodology as well as substantive empirical applications that enhance our understanding of policy issues at different micro and macro levels.

The support from INET and the matching support from USC will be used to attract talented postdoctoral fellows and eminent visitors who can further the research agenda of INET-USC. The resources will create a unique research environment for postdocs.

INET-USC seeks applicants for 4 positions of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. These are 3-year positions with annual renewal contingent on satisfactory performance. Salary depends on experience and research record, and will be competitive. The position is available beginning September 1, 2014.

We are looking for talented applicants with a strong research record in one of the projects of INET-USC. The applicants will work with the faculty associated with INET-USC (both at USC and external). Candidates must have been recently awarded a PhD (or will have by September 2014). There are no teaching requirements associated with the position.

Applications should include: (i) a cover letter describing research interests, (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) three letters of recommendation to be emailed from references to and (iv) up to five published or unpublished papers or a link to a site from where papers can be downloaded.

Review of applications will start in January 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

For further inquiries about the position, please contact Ms. Young Miller at

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Internal Number: 022231
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