For Postdocs


Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to work with faculty as well as build upon prior work as they become independent researchers. PSTC-affiliated postdoctoral fellows focus on developing their research, publications, and grant portfolios. They may also teach a course (depending on the position's funding sources) and have the opportunity to participate in Brown courses.

Affiliated postdoctoral fellows have access to the same PSTC services as faculty and students, including high performance computing and pre- and post-award administration. The Center provides a stimulating environment and excellent infrastructure for junior scholars to hone their skills through professionalization workshops, editorial support, and developing conference and job-talk presentation skills. 

PSTC postdoctoral fellows are hired into excellent private sector and academic positions, including Oregon State, the University of Toronto, George Mason University, Columbia University, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. See the Alumni section for more information on recent placements.


The PSTC fosters postdoctoral training in population studies with several postdoctoral fellow positions at the Center. The PSTC is currently accepting applications for the following position:


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 ( with any questions.


For more information on the PSTC postdoctoral program, please contact the assistant director at

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

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