PSTC Opportunities

The PSTC is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

The Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University is currently recruiting a two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate to start on or around July 1, 2017.

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 the Watson Institute for International and Policy Affairs, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, the School of Public Health, the 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.

Qualifications

Postdoctoral Research Associates must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, economics, sociology, demography, or a related social science discipline.

Application instructions

Apply online at https://apply.interfolio.com/39702. 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. A review of applications will begin by January 31, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. 

Contact Ana Karina Wildman (ana_wildman@brown.edu) with any questions.

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

The Research Associate will participate in a recently funded National Science Foundation (NSF) project under the direction of Dr. Rachel Franklin and associated with the University’s initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC). The tentative starting date is 7/1/17.

The project addresses spatial and demographic patterns of decline at the city and county levels and emphasizes the importance of spatial context in characterizing loss. Meeting project objectives of developing county- and city-level typologies of decline and investigating demographic change and migration patterns associated with different types of areas will require a background in GIS and spatial analysis, as well as experience working with relatively large spatial datasets. Project components include the development of new measures of place-specific population change that incorporate spatial context and temporal scale. This typology of population change will identify various types of declining and growing places, according to recent population change, the growth trajectory of neighboring areas, and population change in previous decades; the identification of the demographic sources of population decline (fertility, mortality, and migration) associated with each category of population change and investigation of variations in migrant characteristics and destinations by decline type; the evaluation of the demographic burden of decline (i.e., differences in the characteristics of those exposed to population decline), with special focus on the characteristics of those living in areas declining at multiple spatial scales; and an assessment of the dynamics of decline in order to elucidate how age structure, residential segregation, population composition and distribution, and poverty levels change when places lose population.

Qualifications

This project requires familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand or firmly expected in a relevant field by September 2017.  Applications will be considered beginning January 15, 2017, and new applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application instructions

Apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com. On-line applications need to include (a) a cover letter describing expertise related to the position; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) relevant manuscripts; and (d) names and addresses of three references who can be asked to write on behalf of the applicant.

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN SPATIAL ANALYSIS

The Research Associate will participate in a variety of research projects under the direction of Dr. John Logan and associated with the University’s initiative on Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences.  The tentative starting date is 7/1/17.  Major current studies are focused on the use of historical census data for the period 1880-1940 for which 100% population microdata are available.  These 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.  These projects require familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets

Qualifications

The position requires familiarity with GIS and spatial analysis methods and experience working with census data and similar large-scale datasets. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand or firmly expected in a relevant field by September 2017.

Application instructions

Apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com. Applications need to include (a) a cover letter describing expertise related to the position; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) relevant manuscripts; and (d) names and addresses of three references who can be asked to write on behalf of the applicant.  A review of applications will begin by January 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. 

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

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