STLAAN (https://www.stlaan.org/) is a collaboration among eleven anchor institutions in the St Louis metro region, including major health systems (BJC, Mercy, and SSM), colleges and universities (Washington, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis – UMSL, Webster University, St. Louis Community College, and Harris-Stowe, an HBCU), the St. Louis Zoo, and one private corporation (Edward Jones). The Network aims to increase employment, income, and wealth in 22 predominantly African American ZIP Codes in North St. Louis City and County that have been systematically disinvested. STLAAN is building a research agenda to better understand the impact of Anchor Institutions’ intentional employment and purchasing strategies on people and businesses within the focus geography. Besides evaluating outcomes, the research also aims to better understand the pathways or processes of change, including the barriers to addressing racial and spatial inequities in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

We are looking for a post-doctoral fellow in residence to lead this research, helping to set the agenda and implement the research in collaboration with the research team. Preferably, the person will have a PhD in hand by June 1, 2022 in an appropriate field, such as, political science, economics, sociology, social work, urban studies, public administration, or public policy. Background in workforce development, business development, and/or community development is desirable. Proficiency in data management and quantitative and qualitative analysis is expected. The research will involve existing data bases (public and proprietary), as well as the collection of original data through surveys, focus groups, etc. The Research Fellow will be based at UMSL’s Community Innovation and Action Center (https://ciac.umsl.edu/), with an affiliation with the appropriate department at UMSL. The Research Fellow will lead a team of researchers from institutions of higher learning in St. Louis and other organizations. We expect the research to result in peer-reviewed publications, as well as other reports and policy briefs. The term of the appointment will be for two years at $50,000 salary per year ($68,000 budgeted with full benefits), with the potential to extend to a third year. The Research Fellow will work with the research team to pursue external funding opportunities. There are no teaching or service responsibilities. If interested, the Research Fellow will have an opportunity to supplement the salary with adjunct teaching.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Applicants must apply at http://www.umsl.jobs. Applications received through other sources will not be considered. Applicants are asked to combine all application materials into a single PDF file and upload as RESUME. Application materials should include at least the following: a letter of application addressing the requirements of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three professional references. Interested individuals may contact Dr. Todd Swanstrom at (swanstromt@umsl.edu) with any questions. No phone calls please. We will begin reviewing applications on April 22nd and continue until the position is filled.