Postdoctoral Research Associate in Spatial Analysis

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Spatial Analysis

Brown's Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) Initiative seeks a postdoctoral research associate to participate in a variety of research projects under the direction of Dr. John Logan and associated with the University’s initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences. There are as many as two openings, with a tentative starting date of 7/1/20. 

Major current studies are focused on the use of historical census data for the period 1880-1940 for which 100% population microdata are available. These projects have a major geographical component that includes drawing historically accurate GIS street maps of major cities, identifying enumeration district boundaries, and geocoding individual addresses. Projects include: 1) examination of Bayesian models to improve small area estimation, 2) identification of neighborhoods based on race, ethnicity and class composition, 2) studies of neighborhood change and segregation trends over time, and 4) analyses of individuals’ recruitment into specific locations. 


The projects require varying skills. All require familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods. Experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets is helpful. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand or firmly expected in a relevant field by September 2020.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted online at and must include (a) a cover letter describing expertise related to the position; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) relevant manuscripts; and (d) three letters of recommendation submitted online. 

The initial deadline for applications is February 15, 2020, but will remain open after that until the position is filled.

Please direct questions to Tom Alarie ([email protected]).