Brown University

Postdoctoral Fellows at Population Studies & Training Center

Location: Providence, RI

The Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University is currently recruiting one or two postdoctoral fellows to start on or around July 1, 2019. The initial term of appointment is one year, but reappointment for a second year is expected, subject to good performance.

The PSTC builds scientific understanding of local, national, and global population challenges and their implications for health and well-being. Research at the PSTC 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 children, families, and health; migration and urbanization; population and environment; demographic change and global development; reproductive health and HIV/AIDS; and social inequalities. Potential applicants are encouraged to consult the PSTC website to learn of research activities, intra-institutional links, and faculty affiliate interests.

One fellowship will be jointly funded by PSTC and Data Science Initiative at Brown University. We are looking for a PhD in a population-related field with strong expertise in data science, broadly defined.

Another fellowship will be open to all who have a PhD in a population-related field of study and pursue research topics which fall into the scope of PSTC research.

We also welcome applicants with financial support from other sources, including NIH F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to spend part of their time working independently and part of their time working collaboratively with one or more mentors 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 encouraged to prepare grant applications. The data science fellow is also expected to participate in activities of both PSTC and Data Science Initiative and help strengthen the connections between the two units. 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.

Apply online at Screening of applications will begin on January 11, and will continue until the position is filled.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in anthropology, economics, sociology, demography, or a related social science discipline at time of appointment.

Application Instructions

Applicants should provide CV, 2 example(s) of written work, and a cover letter with the following information: background, 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.

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.

Contact Tom Alarie ( with any questions.

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Last updated: 2019-02-11