The PSTC is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Brown University announces a search for the position of Associate Director of the research initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences.  More information on the program is available at here. This is a 10-month per year position, with potential for salary during summer from external grants, beginning September 1, 2018.

The Associate Director will participate in scholarly program development and training across multiple disciplines.  The individual will have primary responsibility for coordination of a series of colloquia, workshops, and clinics designed to introduce faculty and students to tools of spatial analysis. The Associate Director will teach two courses per year including Introduction to GIS and will lead the S4 Fellows program for doctoral students. Candidates should have a PhD in hand or firmly expected by September 2018 and should show promise of significant scholarship and ability to provide instruction in methods of spatial analysis. 

The Associate Director will be appointed as Assistant Professor (Research) in the Population Studies and Training Center, and will have access to the considerable PSTC research infrastructure. Salary will commensurate with experience and credentials. 

Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a copy of up to three publications or working papers, and names/contact information for three persons who can comment on qualifications for this position. Materials should be posted to Interfolio.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but to guarantee full consideration candidates should apply by April 10, 2018.

Contact Tom Alarie (thomas_alarie@brown.edu) with any questions.



The Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University is currently recruiting a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow to start on or around July 1, 2018. This position is sponsored by NIH and contingent on continued funding.

Research at the PSTC is innovative and interdisciplinary. It is distinguished by its commitment for collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries as well as its strong portfolio of global research. The scope of PSTC research encompasses traditional topics of interest to demographers, such as migration and family processes, as well as a much broader range of issues, including environmental change, social inequalities and health, gender, family structure, residential segregation, and HIV/AIDS epidemic. Opportunities also exist to build upon connections the PSTC has with other interdisciplinary units at Brown, such as Watson Institute for International and Policy Affairs, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, School of Public Health, Data Sciences Initiative, and more. Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the PSTC website to learn of research activities, intra-institutional links, and faculty affiliate interests.

As part of a research unit with a strong culture of collaboration, postdoctoral fellows are expected to spend part of their time working independently and part of their time working collaboratively with one or more mentors from among our faculty affiliates. In addition, postdoctoral associates are expected to coordinate or participate in relevant working groups, regularly attend the weekly PSTC Colloquia and other PSTC workshops and mentoring activities, present their work to the PSTC community, present research at the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meetings, and submit one or more articles for publication. They are also encouraged to prepare grant applications. We request that applicants visit our PSTC faculty page and identify one or two potential faculty mentors; however, applicants do not need to contact potential mentors prior to submitting an application.

Screening of applications will begin on January 25, and will continue until the position is filled.


NIH requires that applicants be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, economics, sociology, demography, or a related social science discipline at time of appointment


Applicants should provide an up-to-date CV, 2 example(s) of written work, and a cover letter with the following information: research interests and plans, 1 or 2 anticipated PSTC faculty mentor(s), and future employment goals. Please have three letters of recommendation submitted online through Interfolio.

Contact Tom Alarie (Thomas_Alarie@brown.edu) with any questions.


For more information on the PSTC postdoctoral program, please contact the assistant director at Ana_Wildman@brown.edu.

Postdoctoral opportunities at the PSTC often include:

  • 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


For other opportunities at Brown, visit http://careers.brown.edu.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.