Cornell University, Law School

Position ID:Cornell-Law School-IMMPA [#21049]
Position Title: Immigration Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2022/05/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/01/27, finished 2022/07/05, listed until 2022/05/15)
Position Description:   URMs  

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

Cornell Law School is seeking to hire 1-2 Postdoctoral Associates to collaborate with and contribute to Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr’s foundation-funded research on various immigration law and policy issues, including but not limited to:
  • Private refugee sponsorship.
  • How to legalize the estimated 10 million undocumented immigrants.
  • Possible paths to permanent status for immigrants who are currently in tenuous immigration statuses like DACA and temporary protected status.
  • The economic, sociological, and educational outcomes of immigrants and refugees under recent changes.
  • The extent to which immigrants fail to use public benefits to which they are entitled.
The selected candidate(s) will conduct research on one or more of these key immigration issues, write reports and op-eds, and coordinate conferences on the findings and recommendations. The selected candidate(s) may also assist on research and analysis of other immigration policy issues through the Law School’s Migration and Human Rights Center and Cornell’s Migration Global Grand Challenge.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a relevant Ph.D. and/or a law degree (J.D.) completed by June 2022. The ideal candidate will have the following:
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Superior analytical skills and an ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Self-motivation with the ability to take the initiative and follow through on projects to completion.
  • Ability to work independently and with others.
  • A demonstrated commitment to immigration law.
Compensation/Benefits/Term: This is a full-time position for a period of one-year starting in summer 2022, and is benefits-eligible. Reappointment for an additional one-year term is possible, based on performance and funding availability.

The selected candidate(s) will receive an annual salary of $57,500.

The position may be conducted either in-person at the Law School in Ithaca, NY or remotely at a location of choice in the United States. Please note that the New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for the position if the work is conducted outside of NYS. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working outside NYS.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a CV, detailed cover letter, the names of and contact information for three references, and one or more writing samples. The cover letter should include: your interest in this position and Professor Yale-Loehr’s research and how it fits with your career objectives; your organizational skills and experience with research projects; and an example of how you have taken initiative to solve a work-related research problem.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applicants.

Questions may be referred to Liz Flint (

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Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. We offer a 3-year JD program for about 200 students per class, a one-year LLM program for about 90 students from countries throughout the world, and a doctoral (JSD) program for about 2-3 new students per year. Cornell Law School has 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including 20 with chaired faculty positions; and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international level. Our faculty is consistently ranked among the top in the country for scholarly productivity and influence, and has preeminence in many areas, including quantitative and qualitative empirical legal studies, international and comparative law, and robust doctrinal scholarship in core fields. Our school is committed to being recognized as the leader among law schools at combining inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community, so that our graduates can achieve excellence in all facets of the legal profession.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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