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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor David Grusky

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Grusky, David
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Juliana Bidadanure
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Stanford Impact Lab (SIL)
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Two year, full time
Appointment Start Date: 
September 1, 2023
How to Submit Application Materials: 

To be ensured of full consideration, please send your complete application by February 20, 2023 in a single PDF to with the subject line: “SIL Postdoc_Grusky-Bidadanure”.

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
Yes. The expected base pay range for this position is listed in Pay Range field. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the qualifications of the selected candidate, budget availability, and internal equity.
Pay Range: 

Open postdoctoral position through the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program with Profs. David Grusky and Juliana Bidadanure.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stanford Impact Labs is an initiative at Stanford University that invests in highly motivated teams of researchers and practitioners—impact labs—to generate new insights and solutions to persistent social problems. To begin in the Fall of 2023, Stanford Impact Labs is now accepting applications to the two-year postdoctoral fellowship program in collaboration with four research teams.
We are seeking a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join a team-based, collaborative community and who value the different skills, expertise, and perspectives necessary to design, conduct, sustain, and disseminate public impact research. We particularly encourage applications from women, minority, and first-generation PhD recipients, as well as candidates from a broad diversity of PhD-granting institutions. 
For this position, the postdoc will be working with the Economic Inclusion Project. The purpose of this project—a joint undertaking of the Stanford Basic Income Lab (BIL), the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CIP), and the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences—is to examine the effects of (a) the new guaranteed income pilots in California, and (b) the planned Baby Bonds pilots in California. Using a mix of survey, administrative, qualitative, and experimental approaches, the project will equip state and local government partners with gold-standard estimates of the effects of expanding these pilots into expansive programs for all low-wealth and low-income children. We are currently recruiting a postdoctoral scholar with a strong background in statistical analysis, causal inference, and machine learning.
Mentorship Structure
The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by Profs. David Grusky and Juliana Bidadanure and will collaborate with research scholars, staff, and PhD students affiliated with BIL and CIP. Mentorship of the Postdoctoral Fellow will be structured according to research and professional interests.
In addition, a goal of the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to create a diverse community of scholars who are motivated and equipped to pursue academic careers focused on partnership and solutions-oriented research. Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to engage with one another and with the broader Stanford Impact Labs team and community, and will participate in professional development, cohort-building, and other programming activities.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Completion of all doctoral requirements within the past three years and no later than September 1st, 2023
  • Has research expertise in statistical analysis, causal inference, and machine learning
  • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Is committed to advancing solutions to social problems through rigorous research, and communicating research findings to diverse audiences, including non-academic audiences
  • Wishes to grow their collaborative research skills and ability to partner with organizations 

Candidates will be evaluated according to their:

  • Scientific record and potential
  • Commitment to pursuing scholarship that can impact public policy or social outcomes
  • Potential contribution to the research team
  • Potential contribution to the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship program and the educational activities, goals, and community of Stanford Impact Labs
  • Potential for scholarly careers that will contribute to addressing historical inequities and advancing diversity through their research, teaching, and service
Required Application Materials: 

Complete applications should include:

  • Letter of interest explaining your motivation to become a postdoc with the respective research lab through the Stanford Impact Labs postdoctoral fellowship program (500 words max).
  • Short responses to the following three prompts, in 300 words or less for each:

                    Please provide a short description of your dissertation research and broader research agenda.
                    How does your research training and expertise prepare you to make progress towards understanding and identifying practical solutions to social problems?
                    In what ways have you contributed towards and/or demonstrated a commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity through your academic career, and how do you plan to advance these commitments professionally?

  • CV: Provide a curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages.
  • One representative writing sample.


  • The application deadline is  February 20, 2023.
  • Those advancing will be notified and may be asked to submit additional materials, including letters of recommendation, and may be invited to interview. Please do not send emails asking about your status; you will be contacted by the faculty leads if you are advancing in the review process.
  • Final selections will be made by the end of April 2023.


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