Stanford University, Immigration Policy Lab

Position ID:Stanford-IPL-POSTDOC [#15074]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Stanford, California 94305, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Statistics
Political Science
Data Science
Appl Deadline:2019/12/12help popup finished (2019/10/10, finished 2020/06/14)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Immigration Policy Lab, Stanford University

Rank: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

About the Lab: Stanford University is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow 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 directly serve immigrant communities, our research can generate solutions and ultimately improve countless 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.

Position: We are looking for multiple postdoctoral fellows to join our team, collaborating on and developing projects related to immigration policy around the globe. 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, David Laitin, and Jeremy Weinstein. She or he will be involved in all aspects of the research, but with a particular emphasis on identification, survey design, data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation of results. IPL is a highly collaborative environment, and postdocs will have the opportunity to develop new lab projects with other team members as well as join existing ongoing projects. 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 work on independent research.

The initial appointment will be for one year beginning in August 2020. Salary is competitive and standardized based on Stanford University guidelines. Benefits are provided.

Qualifications: 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 program evaluation methods, data management, and data analysis; experience in running and analyzing field experiments and/or conducting quasi-experimental program evaluations would be highly useful; knowledge of immigration/refugee policy, with the ability to operate in a language other than English, will also be highly valued. We are open to scholars with a wide range of expertise in immigration and policy and have a particular interest in researchers focused on migration and development.

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 and at least two letters of recommendation. 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 should be submitted by November 8, 2019 , though applications may be considered after the deadline. Applicants who have questions about the position may contact the Executive Director of the Immigration Policy Lab, Duncan Lawrence, directly (, Subject: Immigration Lab Postdoc 2020).

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

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