Prison Violence Postdoctoral Scholar

The Criminology, Law, and Society Department at University of California, Irvine is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral scholar position. The successful applicant will collaborate with the Prison Violence Consortium on research related to the causes and consequences of prison violence. The Prison Violence Consortium is a partnership between seven state prison systems and correctional experts to create a framework for reducing and preventing incidents of prison violence. Prison Violence Consortium members include the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, Colorado Department of Corrections, Massachusetts Department of Correction, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Oregon Department Corrections, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The postdoctoral scholar will work closely with Dr. Nancy Rodriguez (PI), a research team, and the Prison Violence Consortium on a grant funded project dedicated to expanding the evidence base on prison violence. The postdoctoral scholar will play a key role in developing knowledge into the situations and contexts under which prison violence unfolds, as well as the various individual, institutional, system-level factors that increase the likelihood of violence. The research will inform policymakers and corrections administrators about effective and cost-efficient approaches to managing and reducing violence in prisons.

We are seeking a highly-motivated individual with data collection, data management, and analytic experience with cross-sectional and longitudinal data. Travel to state prison systems to support the research process (e.g., conduct interviews, meet with correctional leaders, and key stakeholders) will be part of the postdoctoral scholar’s duties. Experience conducting research with justice-involved individuals in correctional settings is preferred.

Required qualifications:

• Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields of criminology, psychology, or a related field.

• Strong skills in data management and quantitative data analysis.

Other considerations:

• Excellent scientific writing and spoken English skills.

• Strong skills in qualitative methods.

• Outstanding individual initiative.

• Publications in academic journals.

• Experience developing reports/products for non-academic audiences.

• Strong organizational and managerial skills.

Application materials:

Final date: June 1, 2022; 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

• Please send a CV, cover letter, and names of 3 references that can provide letters of recommendation upon request. The position is a one-year appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applications must be submitted online:

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Nancy Rodriguez (

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.