Join IPL as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Data Science

The Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University seeks a new addition to our research team.                                                                               


Stanford University is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Data Science to join the Immigration Policy Lab. The Immigration Policy Lab 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 cutting-edge 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 inspire solutions and ultimately improve lives.

The Immigration Policy Lab 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.

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow with extensive experience and training in computational social science to join our team and help grow our exciting portfolio of digital tools related to immigrant and refugee integration in the United States, Europe and other regions throughout the world. The principal job of the data scientist postdoc will be to lead data analysis and the development of innovative digital tools related to immigration policy, programs, and services under the guidance 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 data science, machine learning, statistical analysis, programming, and causal inference research design. For instance, the postdoc will help drive a global effort to support refugee integration by developing matching tools for various countries using machine learning. The postdoc will have the opportunity to co-author papers envisioned to appear in top journals that report on the results of the studies, work with an array of affiliated faculty from top institutions, and develop independent projects and tools related to immigration policy evaluation


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have completed a Ph.D. in a social science, statistics, computer science, or related program, with a preference for candidates who have demonstrated training and skills in both data analysis and programming.

She or he should have a range of statistical skills including graduate level knowledge of program evaluation methods, data management, statistical inference and modeling, and machine learning. Experience or skills in data visualization and optimization methods are also highly valued.

In addition, she or he should also have significant programming experience. Proficiency in R is required. Experience working with a general-purpose programming language (e.g. Python, Java, C++) and/or with SQL is also a plus. Demonstrated ability to develop user-friendly digital tools, apps, or programs that leverage data and statistical methods in novel ways 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.


The initial appointment will be for one year beginning between January and June 2019, with an expected renewal for a second year contingent on satisfactory performance and funding. Salary is competitive with excellent benefits provided by Stanford.  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 data analysis and programming exercise as part of the interview process. Applications will only be accepted through (#12861). We will begin reviewing applications on December 7, 2018. Applicants who have questions about the position may contact the Executive Director of the Immigration Policy Lab, Duncan Lawrence directly (, Subject: Immigration Lab Postdoc 2018).

Ready to apply? Submit your application here.