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Postdoctoral Researcher - Whitman School of Management
Whitman School of Management in Syracuse, New York
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Date Posted August 05, 2019
Graduate Business School -Admin-Development

Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description

This newly created Postdoctoral Researcher position will help combined two areas of excellence at Syracuse University: scholarship in the areas of Entrepreneurship and veteran and military families. This is a one-year fully-funded position, with the opportunity for an additional one year renewal. The Postdoctoral Researcher will serve in a dual-role, based within the Department of Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises (EEE) at the Whitman School of Management and as a member of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) Research and Analytics team. At Whitman, the Postdoctoral Researcher will contribute to the EEE Department’s scholarly output and teach one course. Within IVMF, the Postdoctoral Researcher will play a leading scientific role in the launch and day-to-day management of the National Survey on Military-Connected Entrepreneurs initiative, a multi-year study of military-connected (veteran and military spouse) entrepreneurs. This initiative is designed to address critical gaps in understanding of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs and the supporting mechanisms needed to assist throughout their entrepreneurial journey. This survey will be distributed (both yearly and over time) to aspiring, current, and former business owners in the veteran and military spouse communities. Key aspects include: a broad focus on the military-connected entrepreneur community (i.e., transitioning service members, veterans, guard/reservist, and military spouses); annual, consistent, and in-depth insight into the various barriers, concerns, and progress within military-connected business owner community; insights on business performance, surrounding ecosystems of support, and military service background; annual cross-sectional and longitudinal (year-over-year) data collection; a publicly available dataset on military-connected entrepreneurship for general use and subsequent research. The Postdoctoral Researcher will contribute to the IVMF’s mission by working primarily in the National Survey on Military-Connected Entrepreneurs and translating knowledge that informs the Institute as well as national practitioners and stakeholders who serve the veteran and military connected community. This position will work closely with the Director of Applied Research at the IVMF and EEE faculty. The Postdoctoral Researcher will report to the Alex McKelvie (Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman), with additional supervision and mentorship provided by Nick Armstrong (IVMF Senior Director of Research and Analytics).


  • Ph.D. completed by start of position, in entrepreneurship [preferred], public or business administration, social sciences, or related disciplines considered

  • Previous experience in large scale survey data collection and creation of multi-item measures

  • Minimum of 2-3 years of overall experience in academic research with at least 1 year of self-directed quantitative survey research, or interpreting research data for publication

Job Specific Qualifications

  • Three or more years of progressive experience in research related to entrepreneurship, business administration, social/behavioral science. Preference given to those who have worked with veteran, military, and/or family stakeholders, universities or think-tanks, and with familiarity with government programs and services for veterans, families, and related civilian human services programs.

  • Superior critical thinking and written and oral communication skills required.

  • Ability to design, plan, and implement research activities in various contexts and using various methods.

  • Grant writing experience and demonstrated potential for obtaining grant funding.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach, with a preference for Entrepreneurship

  • Proven proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access required.

  • Proven proficiency with statistical (e.g., STATA, SPSS, SAS), survey (Qualtrics), and qualitative analysis (Atlas.ti, NVivo) software packages highly desirable.

  • Project management training and/or experience also desirable.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work as a team.


Lead the National Survey on Military-Connected Entrepreneurs research project, data collection, analysis, publication (conference papers, peer review journals, and white papers), dissemination, and professional presentation of results.

  • Original Research and Project Management
    The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will serve as a member of the IVMFs Research and Analytics team, and assist in developing, planning, coordinating, and executing the National Survey on Military-Connected Entrepreneurs initiative. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide timely response to external and internal requests for research data and analysis that support the IVMF, EEE program, SU (sponsored programs, accounting, etc.), partners, and stakeholders.

  • Supervise student research assistant(s) assigned to various projects, as required.

  • Collaborate with other scholars in ensuring world-class data collection and dissemination

  • Translate original and existing academic research and policy analysis into practice. Develop prescriptive guidance and communicate recommendations to IVMF program management, IVMF partners, and national stakeholders via multiple formats (e.g., peer reviewed publications, reports, briefs, op-eds, blogs, etc.).

  • Assist and participate in IVMF and national convening events to engage with and gain insight from prominent thought leaders and researchers in the veteran and military community.

  • Conduct other research projects in collaboration with Whitman faculty and other research scholars.

  • May involve domestic travel as part of data collection and dissemination.

Updating course syllabus in line with overall course and program goals, in collaboration with EEE Department Chair

  • Teach one undergraduate class in Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School.
    Teaching duties include:

  • Preparation of lectures, projects or other student assignments.

  • Maintaining regularly scheduled office hours.

  • Presenting instruction based on the competencies and performance levels of the course.

  • Meeting all designated class periods.

  • Submitting completed mid-semester progress reports and final grades according to University regulations as well as Whitman School’s grading policy.

  • Grading student assignments and exams in timely manner

  • Providing departmentally sanctioned forms for completed student evaluations.

  • Building a positive rapport with students and faculty.

Cultivate new research opportunities through independent (non-sponsored) project development, persistent proposal writing, and engaged collaboration within the national and international veterans’ research and policy community.

  • Grant Administration and Development

  • Other related duties as assigned.


Physical Requirements

not applicable



not applicable

Application Instructions

For full consideration candidates must attach the following documents: cover letter, curriculum vita, research statement, teaching philosophy statement (including evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness), and ames of three academic references.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit


About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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