Careers

Staff Positions:

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Join a diverse interdisciplinary research team within the PPC that engages in a variety of research and consultation activities involving private and public sector partners. More details below.

Student Assistants:

Many of the PPC's projects include graduate research assistantships or undergraduate research opportunities. Graduate students and undergraduates assist with research and other project activities. Graduate students often work with the faculty and project directors to present and publish the research. Past students have gone on to serve as the executive director of the Nebraska State Bar Association, a renewable energy and commercial real estate attorney, and the director of private sector programs at a private operating foundation. We are always looking for talented and motivated students to work with our collaborative team of researchers, so contact the office if you would like to work with us.

Currently Hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Forensic Psychology/Targeted Violence

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Forensic Psychology and Targeted Violence


The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow based in Lincoln to perform targeted violence research (e.g., threat assessment, workplace violence, stalking, extremist violence) and forensic training. The fellowship is a non-tenure leading, two-year appointment. The goal of the fellowship will be to develop advanced clinical, research, and consultation skills to address various areas of targeted violence. In addition to joining ongoing research activities examining various aspects of the prevention, detection, and management of targeted violence, the fellow will assist with the development of new research efforts. The Fellow will also participate in relevant clinical and consultation opportunities.

The postdoctoral fellow will join a diverse research interdisciplinary team within the PPC that engages in a variety of research and consultation activities involving private and public sector partners. The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by PPC researchers on clinical, consultation, grant writing, publishing, and other research-related activities.

The postdoctoral fellowship is open to applicants with forensic clinical interest or non-clinically trained individuals who have an interest in targeted violence. Applicants who will have successfully completed a doctoral program in psychology, criminal justice, or a related field by May 2023 are encouraged to apply. Applicants must complete all doctoral requirements before the commencement of the fellowship.

Preference will be given to applicants with prior research experience and experience with applied research design, methodology, and statistical analysis.

Review of applications will begin March 31, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. To view details of the position and to apply, visit https://employment.unl.edu/postings/83049. Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, and a Statement of Research Interest.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

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Currently Hiring a Research Manager or Senior Research Manager

Research Manager or Senior Research Manager


The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) is seeking a Research or Senior Research Manager to assist with current and future funded projects. The Manager will join a diverse research interdisciplinary team within the PPC that engages in a variety of research and consultation activities involving private and public sector partners.

The Research Manager position is open to applicants who have a Master’s degree plus three (3) years’ experience in research management, data collection, and analysis (quantitative and qualitative). Outstanding verbal, interpersonal, planning, and writing skills are required including the ability to write and present reports of findings. Applicants must have the ability to: identify complex policy issues and determine significant and meaningful approaches to projects managed with some guidance from Senior Research Managers and Research Directors; work effectively and collaboratively with national, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders; multitask and perform assigned tasked quickly and accurately; and write grant and contract proposals with limited guidance.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD plus five years’ experience with planning and monitoring, collaborative processes, and project administration experience. Two years’ supervision experience is preferred. Managing a team in coordinating projects, developing strategies, and accomplishing tasks independent from supervision is preferred.

To be considered for the position and view qualifications for the Senior level, visit https://employment.unl.edu/postings/83249. Applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, list of references, and writing sample as four (4) separate documents in MS Word or PDF format. The review of applications will begin on January 6, 2023. The successful candidate will undergo a criminal history background check and DMV background check.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

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Currently Hiring a Research Specialist

Research Specialist


The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) is seeking a Research Specialist I, II, or Senior Research Specialist to assist with current and future funded projects. The Specialist will join a diverse research interdisciplinary team within the PPC that engages in a variety of research and consultation activities involving private and public sector partners.

The Research Specialist position is open to applicants who have at least a bachelor’s degree plus one (1) year of experience researching and presenting policy reports. Knowledge of and experience with community and statewide public policy issues. Outstanding verbal, interpersonal, planning, and writing skills required; the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with national, state, and local policymakers and stakeholders; the ability to multitask and perform assigned tasked quickly and accurately. All applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a DMV background check authorizing them to operate university vehicles.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree and/or equivalent experience/education; experience working with policymakers and other stakeholders, problem-solving and decision making, working independently with minimal supervision, keeping supervisor and internal team members informed, and providing excellent customer relations; the ability to translate academic research to accessible quality policy reports; the ability to quickly master a range of content areas; excellent written communication and analytic skills; the ability to coordinate a wide variety of projects; the ability and flexibility to perform other tasks as assigned. Knowledge of behavioral health, public participation processes, and/or social sciences applied research is also preferred.

To be considered for the position and view qualifications for the other levels, visit https://employment.unl.edu/postings/83267. Applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, list of references, and writing sample as four (4) separate documents in MS Word or PDF format. The review of applications will begin on January 6, 2023. The successful candidate will undergo a criminal history background check and DMV background check.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

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Currently Hiring a Training and Outreach Specialist

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center (PPC) is seeking a Training and Outreach Specialist to assist with current and future funded projects. The Specialist will join a diverse research interdisciplinary team within the PPC that engages in a variety of research and consultation activities involving private and public sector partners.

The Training and Outreach Specialist position is open to applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree plus one (1) year of experience with detailed planning in a professional setting. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to pass a DMV background check authorizing them to operate university vehicles.

The ideal candidate will have two (2) or more years of experience with detailed planning in a professional setting; experience and/or training with adult learning principles, training methods and techniques; experience developing training materials; and experience developing training or courses for in-person, virtual, and/or asynchronous online delivery. For this position, experience in coordinating training and outreach is extremely beneficial.

To be considered for the position, visit https://employment.unl.edu/postings/80027. Applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and list of references as three (3) separate documents in MS Word or PDF format. The review of applications will begin on September 9, 2022. The successful candidate will undergo a criminal history background check and DMV background check.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

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Policy Scholars Undergraduate Program

Each semester, the PPC welcomes undergraduate students who have a desire to increase their knowledge, skills, and awareness in policy and research. One of our goals as a Center is to spark students’ interest in policy-based work by creating a learning experience and providing a variety of professional and career opportunities in policy and research, in order to help students become more engaged and confident about their place in policy and research. Each student is paired with a mentor who will provide a space for them to learn and grow by attending weekly mentoring sessions, group sessions, and project meetings related to their areas of interest. We look forward to our next class of Policy Scholars!

Learn More About the Policy Scholars