UCLA Anderson

Postdoctoral Scholar for the UCLA Anderson Strategy Area

Job description


Open date: February 1st, 2021

Next review date: Friday, Feb 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Apr 30, 2021 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.


UCLA Anderson plans to hire a postdoctoral scholar to join the Strategy area in the summer of 2021. The position will have an expected term of 2 years, conditional on a satisfactory evaluation of research activity in the first year.

This postdoctoral scholar position is intended to support a talented scholar doing research relevant to strategy. The Strategy group currently has strengths in field experiments and the analysis of archival data on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship, personnel and incentives, and the application of behavioral economics to strategy questions. Candidates whose research interests intersect with one of these strengths will be preferred.

Before beginning this position, fellows must have completed a PhD (or at least a successful dissertation defense) in a discipline related to strategy (e.g., economics, management, sociology) and have demonstrated an interest in and ability to advance strategy-relevant research. Candidates will also be evaluated on their interest in and enthusiam for building ties across disciplines and across the university, and the extent to which they are committed to the success and mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations.
Once hired, the fellow will be expected to continue to pursue his or her research program, as well as to engage in departmental activities that promote the success of our diverse research community (e.g., attending research seminars, mentoring graduate students, exploring research collaborations). The fellow will be encouraged to work both independently and in collaborations of their choosing to enrich the empirical research contributions of the school.

Review of candidates for the position will begin on February 26. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, a representative manuscript, a research statement describing their interests (including any specific faculty collaborators and/or projects they would like to pursue as part of the fellowship), and a Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Conclusion. In order to receive full consideration, please submit your application materials online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06111.

For questions about this position, please contact Prof. Olav Sorenson at olav.sorenson@anderson.ucla.edu.

The Strategy area at UCLA Anderson houses a diverse group of scholars interested in business and corporate strategy, broadly construed. Strategy faculty members have expertise in innovation, incentives, behavioral strategy, organization design, healthcare, technology, and entrepreneurship. Core faculty include: Sushil Bikchandani, Keith Chen, Jana Gallus, Ashvin Gandhi, Jennifer Kao, Ian Larkin, Marvin Lieberman, John Mamer, Christopher Poliquin, Mariko Sakakibara, and Olav Sorenson.

For more information on the group and its activities, see the website for the UCLA Anderson Strategy Area.

Located in an urban setting, UCLA is California’s largest university with a diverse student body of 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 25% of whom come from underrepresented groups. As a campus with a diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to the success of underrepresented groups. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

More information about this recruitment: https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty-and-research/strategy


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research - Please indicate any faculty members in the Strategy area at Anderson with whom you would be interested in working.
  • Representative Manuscript - Provide a manuscript of yours (either published or unpublished, solo- or co-authored) that best represents your research interests.
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 2-4 letters of reference required

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