Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies

The Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University is seeking one or two Postdoctoral Research Associates in Population Studies with expertise in migration research to start between July 1 and September 1, 2021. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal.

The fellow will work with Associate Professor Elizabeth Fussell and her collaborator, Professor Narayan Sastry (University of Michigan), on two related studies of the long-term outcomes of disaster-affected populations. One NIH-funded study focuses on the Hurricane Katrina-affected population of New Orleans. The other study is funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and focuses on the effects of economic crisis and Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the population of Puerto Rico.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will participate in a number of activities related to these projects, including data analyses, literature reviews, manuscript production, and presentations at scientific conferences, especially the Population Association of America. Publications stemming from will be co-authored with Fussell and other co-investigators. The Postdoctoral Research Associate is encouraged to lead one or more of these papers and to publish independent research.


The preferred candidates will have a PhD in a social science discipline with a specialization in demography and a theoretical and empirical familiarity with the field of environment and migration; experience in statistical and spatial data analysis and survey methods; advanced programming in Stata or another statistical package; excellent writing ability. Special Sworn Status with the Census Bureau is a plus, and a successful applicant without this status will be assisted in obtaining it.

Application Instructions

To apply, please go to Applications must include (1) a cover letter that briefly describes your educational preparation, research interests and plans, and a statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion; (2) a two-to-three page research statement detailing your substantive and methodological research experience; (3) curriculum vitae; and (4) one or two recent samples of published work (listed as “Other Document” under application documents). In addition, candidates should submit three letters of reference via the online system at the time of the application.

Applications should be submitted by April 15, 2021 to receive full consideration, although applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applicants must have completed the PhD requirement prior to the start of the position. Inquiries may be directed to Prof. Elizabeth Fussell, email: [email protected].