Postdoctoral Research Associate in Spatial Analysis

Postdoctoral research associate in spatial analysis

Position description: The Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University is currently recruiting a postdoctoral research associate in spatial analysis to start in July 2021. This position is for one year with the potential to renew for a second year.

The postdoctoral associate will participate in a variety of research projects supported by external grants and directed by Dr. John Logan through the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) research initiative. These studies examine the residential and labor market incorporation of immigrants and minorities in U.S. cities from the end of the 19th Century to the present, making use of 100% population microdata. Contemporary microdata are accessed through the Census Bureau’s RDC system, and the Research Associate will access these data at the RDC in Cambridge, MA.  The projects have a major geographical component that includes geocoding of residential locations, tracking neighborhood change within constant boundaries and at multiple spatial scales, and analyzing individual residential mobility over time.  The main project uses confidential linked census records from 2000 to the present to study individual residential mobility and the net effects of individual patterns on net neighborhood change, such as gentrification and racial change.


Candidates with a Ph.D. in hand are preferred, but those near completion of their dissertation may be considered.  The position requires familiarity with quantitative research methods including GIS and spatial analysis and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets.  

Application Instructions

We seek candidates who contribute to diversity and inclusion in their teaching and research. Applicants are asked to include in their cover letter a statement of how their teaching/research or other experiences prepare them to contribute to an inclusive and diverse environment.

On-line applications need to include (a) a cover letter describing expertise related to the position along with their inclusive and diverse environment statement; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) up to three relevant manuscripts. In addition, candidates should provide names and contact information for three letters of reference.

The initial deadline for applications is December 1, 2020, but will remain open after that until the position is filled.


To apply, please go to On-line applications need to include 1) a cover letter describing expertise related to the position; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) relevant manuscripts; and 4) names and addresses of three references who can be asked to write on behalf of the applicant. 

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