Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Scholar - Child Poverty

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Columbia Population Research Center are seeking a postdoctoral scholar with a PhD in economics, public policy, demography, social work, sociology, or a related discipline, for a project on the costs, benefits and distributional consequences of alternative policy packages to halve U.S. child poverty. The postdoc will work with faculty and staff to develop a micro-simulation model to simulate the distributional consequences of the alternative packages, including the taxes required to finance the benefits. The postdoctoral fellowship is for one year, with the option to renew for a second year contingent on performance and funding.

Please submit the following materials to

  • 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 micro-simulation modeling and writing
  • Strength of letters of support

 We are highly interested in candidates from underrepresented groups.  

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Review of applicants will begin immediately. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.