Call for Applications: Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Postdoctoral Scholar, Columbia University

March 15, 2020


Must have a PhD in economics, public policy, demography, social work, sociology, or a related discipline. 


The Columbia Population Research Center, a cross-campus center located at the Columbia University School of Social Work, is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work with faculty and researchers on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS). FFCWS is a longitudinal study of a diverse cohort of children born in 20 large US cities between 1998 and 2000, with surveys conducted at birth, age 1, age 3, age 5, age 9, and age 15. Surveys of the young adults at age 22 will begin in fall 2020 and will collect new data on the young adults’ households, relationships, employment, education, identity, health, and systems involvement (in particular, child welfare and juvenile justice). FFCWS is co-led at Princeton and Columbia Universities.

The scholar will work with faculty and researchers to conduct analyses of earlier waves of data on child and adolescent experiences and outcomes and, as the age 22 data become available, to extend those analyses to age 22 experiences and outcomes. The scholar will also participate in the FFCWS seminars, working groups, data workshops, new collaborative projects under development, survey and questionnaire development, and emerging analytic work on foundation grants. The postdoctoral fellowship is initially for one year, with the option to renew for an additional year(s) contingent on performance and funding.


Please submit the following materials to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter
  • CV or resume
  • Sample paper or publication
  • Three letters of recommendation

Please visit the posting webpage for additional information.