The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) seeks a Post-Doctoral Scholar with urban research experience and expertise in urban informatics for the 2022-2023 academic year. This is a full-time, non-tenure track one-year appointment. Extension of the appointment beyond one year is contingent upon funding. Start date, August 15, 2022.

SUAPP is the University’s primary community-facing academic and research unit, with a mission to engage academia in addressing urban challenges. SUAPP is home to four degree granting disciplines (City and Regional Planning, Social Work, Public & Nonprofit Administration, and Criminology & Criminal Justice). In 2021, SUAPP launched a new PhD program in Urban Affairs, focused on providing an interdisciplinary, community-engaged approach to urban problem-solving.

Minimum Qualifications:
To be considered, applicants must possess a PhD in a discipline related to one of those hosted within SUAPP and demonstrate experience in urban research and advanced data analysis. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to combine emerging technology with advanced data analytics and qualitative data to support proactive public policy that improves quality of life for current and future citizens.

The candidate’s expertise in integrating big data with advanced statistical analysis techniques and qualitative data will support SUAPP faculty and Doctoral researchers in one or more of the following areas: poverty, neighborhood change, housing, environmental sustainability, transportation, and urban food systems.

The candidate will be able to build on connections with the University’s the new MA program in Data Analytics, the FedEx Institute Smart Cities Research Cluster, and research institutes like the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER), as well as SUAPP’s existing relationships with local data intermediaries like Innovate Memphis, Slingshot, the City of Memphis, and the Health Department.

We are especially interested in applicants who:

  • Have a cross-section of methodological and analytical skill sets and experiences
  • Can combine technical expertise with the ability to contribute to collaborative community-based problem solving,
  • Have experience with community-university research partnerships
  • Can demonstrate experience working effectively with diverse populations and on interdisciplinary teams
  • Can assist in the preparation of external funding proposals, reports, and academic manuscripts.

The SUAPP Post-Doctoral candidate will be expected to:

  • Increase the capacity of SUAPP faculty to develop external funding proposals focused on applying urban data analytics to key challenges in Memphis
  • Support and mentor Urban Affairs PhD students in developing appropriate analytical techniques and research designs
  • Teach courses (no more than 1 per semester) in the Urban Affairs PhD core and/or the post-doc’s area of interest

This position is full-time and offers a competitive salary and full University benefits described at the University of Memphis Business and Finance Office’s website at:

Applicants must submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in the position, a current CV, and a list of three references. Application material must be submitted electronically at beginning June 1st. Screening of applicants will begin after the search closes on June 15, 2022.

To apply, please visit the University of Memphis’ WorkforUM page:

For additional information, contact:

Charles Santo
Associate Director,
School or Urban Affairs and Public Policy