How to Apply

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The PSTC is accepting applications for the following:

  • Postdoctoral fellow
  • Postdoctoral research associate in spatial analysis
  • Presidential Diversity Post Doctoral Fellowship and STS


The Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University is currently recruiting a two-year postdoctoral fellow to start in or around July 2016. This position is funded by a T32 training grant from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, and funding restrictions require the postdoctoral researcher to be a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.

Research at the PSTC is innovative and interdisciplinary. It 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 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 determinants of health, gender, family structure, residential segregation, and the consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Opportunities also exist to build on connections the PSTC has with other interdisciplinary units at Brown, such as the Watson Institute for International and Policy Affairs, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, and more. Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the PSTC website to learn of research activities, intra-institutional links, and faculty associate 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 associates. In addition, postdoctoral fellows are expected to regularly attend the weekly PSTC colloquia, present to the colloquium during the second year of their postdoctoral appointment, present research at the Population Association of America (PAA) annual meetings, and submit one or more articles for publication. They benefit also from workshops and mentoring on grant preparation, various research skills, and the responsible conduct of research.

Applicants are encouraged to visit our PSTC faculty page and identify one or two potential faculty collaborators; however, it is not necessary to seek a mentor at this time. We will help identify a mentor at the end of the search. 


Postdoctoral fellows must have a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Demography, or a related social science discipline.


Apply online at  Screening of applications will begin December 15, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled (for full consideration please submit materials by January 1, 2016).

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

Contact Ana Karina Wildman ( with any questions.


Brown University announces a likely opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate that may be of interest to social demographers and human geographers.  The starting date is flexible, but could be as early as June 1, 2016.  The initial appointment will be for a one-year term that may be renewed for a second year. Candidates with a Ph.D. in hand are preferred, but those near completion of their dissertation may be considered. 

The Research 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 at the end of the 19th Century and early 20th Century making use of 100% population microdata. The 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; 3) studies of neighborhood change and segregation trends over time; and 4) analyses of individuals’ recruitment into specific locations. The position requires familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets. 

The Research Associate will be affiliated with the Population Studies and Training Center and will have access to the considerable PSTC research infrastructure. 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 considered beginning January 15, 2016, and new applications will be accepted 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. 


The application (at ) calls for the following:
Brown University invites applications for one- to two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships to support the development of early career scholars from diverse backgrounds (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) who show promise as innovative scholars in certain areas of integrative scholarship. (see list at link above)

The successful candidate will teach one course per year as part of the appointment and will participate in activities related to the President’s Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Program. Scholars with a Ph.D. in the humanities, social sciences, sciences or engineering will be considered. The candidate’s dissertation must be complete by July 1 following application.

These one- to two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships are not renewable. Candidates should submit a letter of application that describes how the candidate’s scholarship fits into one or more integrative area, and describes the candidate’s interest in and plans for impacting the ethnic, gender, and/or racial diversity of the campus. Please also indicate clearly your desired departmental affiliation. In addition, a curriculum vitae and three letters of reference are required. 
Deadline for applications is February 10, 2016. Appointment is effective July 1, 2016.

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