Columbia University Postdoctoral Fellowship in Poverty and Social Policy

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy, at the Columbia University School of Social Work, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with a PhD in economics, public policy, demography, social work, sociology or a related discipline to conduct analyses on poverty at the national, state, and local levels. The postdoc will work with faculty and staff to conduct new analyses of antipoverty policies using an improved measure of poverty based on the supplemental poverty measure (SPM) recently developed by the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The project will focus on policy impacts across multiple levels of government and historical trends therein. The project will also focus on key vulnerable subgroups that are targets of policy concern (e.g., young adults, parents of young children). The postdoctoral fellowship is for one year, with the option to renew for a second year contingent on performance and funding.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please submit the following materials under the subject line of CPSP Postdoc to cpsp@columbia.edu:

  • CV or resume

  • Sample paper or publication

  • Three letters of recommendation

Each application will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The degree of fit of research interests

  • How the postdoctoral training will help to further the postdoctoral scholar’s research trajectory

  • Demonstrated record of work with quantitative data

  • Demonstrated quality of writing

  • Strength of letters of support

We are highly interested in candidates from underrepresented groups.  Review of applicants will begin immediately. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.