Internships & Opportunities

The PSTC is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Postdoctoral research associate
  • Grant and contract specialist


The Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University is currently recruiting a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate to start on or soon after 1 September 2016. This position will be funded, in part, by a five-year research grant from the Eunice Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.  In this research, Brown’s PSTC team is collaborating closely with colleagues at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. 

Research at the PSTC (, as illustrated by this project, is distinguished by its commitment to collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries as well as its strong portfolio of research in developing country settings. The successful applicant for this postdoctoral position will be a key member of the “Migration, Urbanization, and Health” project team, working both at Brown and for substantial periods in the field in South Africa.  The tasks involve all phases of designing, fielding, and analyzing a multi-wave longitudinal survey. Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the PSTC website to learn more about the institutional environment and related research underway. 

In addition to playing a central role in this ongoing research, the Associate will be expected to attend the weekly PSTC colloquium when in residence, present research locally and at appropriate scholarly society annual meetings, and submit articles for publication. Postdocs have access to the considerable PSTC research infrastructure and also have the opportunity to benefit from workshops and mentoring on grant preparation, research skill development, and the responsible conduct of research. Some opportunity will also be reserved for the Associate’s own independent research.

This is a two-year position with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance in the first year. Salary will be based on current NIH guidelines that depend on the experience/credentials of the appointee and will include health benefits. Applications will be accepted beginning 1 August 2016, with earliest start date for the position as 1 September 2016. New applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 


Postdoctoral Associates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent training in social science or related health discipline.  The evaluation of candidates will consider several key features of each applicant’s qualifications, including prior field experience, ability to work in a team, analytical ability, and scholarly promise.


Apply online at Screening of applications will begin 15 August 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should provide an up-to-date CV, example(s) of written work, and a cover letter with the following information: research interests and evidence of suitable skills and relevant experience. Also provide names and contact information for three references. 

Contact Ana Karina Wildman ( with any questions.


The Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) is a multi-disciplinary social science research center, which provides central research administration services to over 100 research affiliates, both faculty and graduate students from the disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Public Health, and Sociology. The PSTC excels in providing comprehensive and flexible research administration support in a highly interdisciplinary and international research environment.

The Grant and Contract Specialist position (The Specialist) is designed to serve as a research administration liaison and grants manager, a single point of contact for investigators who is responsible for fully managing an assigned portfolio of small and large (complex) research proposals from proposal preparation to closing with a flexible, proactive, and service focused approach. The Specialist is able to manage and have full ownership of assigned portfolio of grants from a complex mix of funding mechanisms such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, multi-million dollar private foundation awards, etc., in addition to having familiarity with interdisciplinary and international research settings. The Specialist is responsible, in a highly personalized manner, for managing and finding flexible approach to the idiosyncrasies of each project with a wide range of funding sources and partners.  The Specialist also manages all relevant communications and processes related to institutional and international partners to ensure policy compliance and timely submissions. The Specialist educates faculty, graduate students, and staff on funding and reporting requirements, and facilitates relevant workshops in preparation for significant NIH or NSF deadlines.

Further, the Specialist is responsible for keeping abreast of current and changing policies and providing regular updates at weekly grant administration meetings, and communicating changes to investigators, as needed.  The Specialist, in collaboration with the assistant director, is a key player in the implementation and maintenance of processes related to compliance, data, and public access management, which entail data collection, storage, tracking, and reporting components.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years grant management experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; advanced degree a plus
  • University or research institute experience preferred.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Familiarity with federal and foundation funding processes; experience analyzing RFPs
  • Knowledge of, NIH eCommons, NSF FastLane, Proposal Central and other common eRA portals expected.Knowledge of Coeus/InfoEd and WorkDay is preferred.
    Understanding of “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” at 2CFR200 (a/k/a the Uniform Guidance).
  • Exceptional customer orientation
  • Excellent accounting/budget/financial skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat Pro, Fastlane, and COEUS
  • Must be able to shift focus and manage multiple priorities in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex work environment, negotiate demands of a diverse constituency, and meet deadlines
  • Must be detail oriented and successful in a large volume of grant submissions with excellent accuracy.

To learn more and/or apply, click here.

Screening of applications for the following postdoc positions usually begins in mid-January of each year and continues until the positions are filled.

  • NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow (supported by a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD] Training Grant from the National Institute of Health [NIH])
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (supported by PSTC internal funds)
  • Presidential Diversity Post Doctoral Fellowship and STS
  • Joint postdoctoral appointments with other campus units