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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Sarah Billington

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Billington, Sarah
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Woods Institute
Civil and Environ Engineering
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
This is a 12-month appointment with possibility of renewal for a second year and offers a competitive salary and benefit package.
Appointment Start Date: 
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Email documents to Heather Bolei at as a .pdf file attached. Please note email with “Building for Wellbeing Postdoc”. Accepting applications until position is filled.

The Building for Wellbeing Lab seeks a Post-doctoral Scholar with a vision for the design of a sustainable built environment to foster human wellbeing supported by social science and engineering research. The candidate should have strong experience in collecting, analyzing, and/or synthesizing data from a variety of sources and have experience conducting research using quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. The Lab is a collaborative team of researchers with projects spanning the study of physical and digital spaces and their impact on worker wellbeing to the exploration of the ways in which the built environment impacts community wellbeing and social acceptance of affordable housing. We seek a new team member who enjoys team-science and engineering and would thrive in a dynamic, curious, and team-oriented environment. Our projects span multiple schools and centers at Stanford University as well as external collaborations with other universities and municipal and non-profit partners. This environment provides many professional growth opportunities in academia and beyond for those with interests in social impact.
Your responsibilities include:
● Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities. Conduct research that supports and expands the impact of projects conducted in the Lab.
● Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research.
● Source, collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
● Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
● Advise and mentor students.
● Present research and represent the Lab at relevant conferences and participate in relevant programming on campus.
The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is a research unit that encourages interdisciplinary and solutions-oriented approaches to important environmental problems. More than 150 Stanford faculty members, representing all seven of Stanford’s schools, are affiliates. The institute pursues its objectives through seed funding, hosting interdisciplinary centers, organizing convenings, and leadership training.

Required Qualifications: 

Education & Experience

  • Candidates must have completed a doctoral degree in the social sciences or in engineering collaborating with social scientists from an accredited university and must demonstrate expertise in the project area.
  • A publishing record in peer-reviewed journals is required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Experience in planning, designing, conducting, and managing research involving experimental psychology, sociology, or human factors, including the ability to work with human subjects.
  • Exceptional technical skills spanning data science and statistics with knowledge in the built environment (e.g., civil engineering, urban planning, architecture).
  • Experience and interest working in interdisciplinary groups and with partners in nonprofits, municipalities, and developers.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and communications skills
  • Creative, self-motivated, able to identify research opportunities.
  • Strong writing skills with ability to publish in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Experience with qualitative software such as NVivo or Atlas.ti.
  • Experience using statistical software such as R, STATA, SPSS, and Python.
Required Application Materials: 
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevant authored publications
  • Names and full contact information (email and phone numbers) of three potential references


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.