Stanford University, Immigration Policy Lab

Position ID:Stanford-IPL-POSTDOC2 [#17290]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Health)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Stanford, California 94305, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Data Science / data analytics, Data Architecture, Data Science, Data Science and Information Technology, big data, Computational Biology, Computational Medicine, Computational Neuroscience, Computational Social Science
Appl Deadline:2021/01/26 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/10/22, finished 2021/01/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

About the Lab 

Stanford University is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Health) to join the Immigration Policy Lab (IPL). IPL conducts research that employs field and natural experimental methods to quantify the impacts of immigration and integration policies throughout the world. Using large datasets, creative research designs, and modern analytical tools, we bring new evidence to bear on the urgent problems practitioners face. By guiding the people who set public policy, as well as those who serve immigrant communities, our research can generate solutions and ultimately improve lives. IPL reorients academic training by placing postdocs in a hub of experiential research activity. Working side by side with faculty and professional staff, postdocs are fully immersed in an innovative research model that combines the efficiency and rigor of an academic lab with the energy and innovation of a civic-tech startup.


We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join our team, collaborating on and developing projects related to immigration policy and health. The principal job of the postdoc will be to design and implement immigration policy evaluations and conduct rigorous quantitative analyses using advanced methods of causal inference under the supervision of Professors Jens Hainmueller and David Laitin. She or he will be involved in all aspects of the research, but with a particular emphasis on identification, data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation of results. Specifically, this fellow will join a team of researchers from IPL, Stanford School of Medicine, Oregon Heath and Science University, and Duke School of Medicine to evaluate the effect of immigration and health policy on the intergenerational health of immigrant families. 

IPL is a highly collaborative environment. The postdoc will have the opportunity to co-author papers envisioned to appear in top journals that report on the results of the studies and work with an array of affiliated faculty from top institutions. While the majority of the postdoc’s time will be dedicated to collaborative lab projects, there is also an opportunity to develop related independent health research. Examples of previous studies produced by the lab include projects on the intergenerational impact of DACA on the mental health of children (Science), public health insurance and immigrant families location decisions (JAMA Pediatrics), and the impact of prenatal care for children of undocumented women (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

The initial appointment will be for one year (with potential to renew for a second and third year). Start date is flexible, but no later than July 2021 and the position is currently remote (subject to university, county, and state COVID-related policies). Salary is standardized based on Stanford University guidelines. Benefits are provided.


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have completed a Ph.D., with a preference for Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Statistics, or Computer Science. She or he should have a range of statistical and data skills including graduate-level knowledge of causal inference methods, data management, and data analysis. Knowledge of immigration and health policy will also be valued. 

In addition, having experience working with medical claims data and executing and managing data analysis in a server-based environment is highly valued. 

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research missions.

Application Requirements 

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, graduate school transcripts, a writing sample, contributions to diversity statement, and at least two letters of recommendation. The “Contributions to Diversity Statement” should describe any past efforts, as well as future plans, to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as a postdoc at Stanford and IPL community member. Additional papers may be requested at a later date. Applicants should be prepared to complete a research design and data analysis exercise as part of the interview process. 

Applications will only be accepted through We will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2020. Applicants who have questions about the position may contact the executive director of the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University, Duncan Lawrence, directly (, Subject: Immigration Lab Postdoc (Health) 2020).

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Further Info:
417 Galvez Mall
Encina Hall West
Suite 100
Stanford, CA 94305

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