Cornell University
United States

Director, Cornell Center for the Social Sciences

Cornell University

Cornell University seeks a visionary social scientist to serve as the new Director for the Cornell Center for the Social Sciences (CCSS).  Charged with elevating Social Sciences research at the University, the Director of the CCSS oversees a suite of research infrastructure and grant initiatives. In tandem with a broader investment in the social sciences at Cornell University, the CCSS was launched in 2019 and the Provost has committed significant support for its growth of the CCSS over the next 5 years.  The next Director will bring a clear vision of how to enhance disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, skills for connecting across Cornell’s wealth and breadth of research areas, a research profile indicative of the successful navigation of the external funding landscape, and focus and financial acumen for ensuring the CCSS’s long-term success.  The Directorship of the CCSS is open to social scientists in any discipline with a strong record of external funding and research excellence; previous commitment to leadership of research initiatives is beneficial.

The CCSS accelerates, enhances, and amplifies social science research at Cornell. The CCSS accomplishes these goals by uniting programmatic and infrastructure resources within the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR). Programmatic resources include faculty fellowship support and a broader set of grant incubation programs designed to foster systematic, evidence-based, and collaborative research studies addressing important disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and public policy concerns. Infrastructure resources support all aspects of social science research at Cornell, including finding and collecting data, computing infrastructure and support for storing and analyzing data, replication, and amplification of research findings. The CCSS either provides this research support directly or directs Cornell social scientists to the available services and support provided by other centers and units at Cornell. 

Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing their vision for the Center, their curriculum vitae (CV), and a diversity statement. Candidates are expected to have completed their Ph.D. prior to the start of this position, and to have already done substantial research in areas relevant to the Center. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible; there will be a periodic rolling review of all completed applications. Applications should be submitted online at

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who can contribute to a welcoming climate for students, staff and faculty of all races and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply.

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Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.


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