Postdoctoral Fellowship: Immigration Policy Lab

Fellowship Description

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.

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, as well as 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). 

Appointment Details

The initial appointment will be for one year (with potential to renew for a second year). Start date is flexible, but no later than July 2022. Funding includes a living stipend plus certain medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage through Stanford's Postdoctoral Scholars program. Postdoctoral researchers receive stipends per Stanford funding rates guidelines, based on research experience.


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 and Recommendations

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.

IPL encourages applicants from diverse and underrepresented groups to apply. In particular, IPL encourages individuals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (Black or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as described by the National Science Foundation), individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged economic and educational backgrounds (low-income households and disadvantaged educational environments) to apply. 

Applications will only be accepted through (ID19939). We will begin reviewing applications immediately and on a rolling basis. Applicants who have questions about the position may contact Elisa Cascardi at the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University.

* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

Group/Department Websites: Immigration Policy Lab; Center for Population Health Sciences

Postdoc Appointment Term:  One year, with option to extend by mutual arrangement