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Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award - NICHD Postdoctoral Traineeship

The Population Research Center (PRC) at The University of Texas at Austin anticipates having an opening for one NICHD-funded postdoctoral position starting September 1, 2022. The position is for one year, with the potential for a one-year renewal. The PRC is an interdisciplinary research and training unit of The University of Texas at Austin (UT) that provides infrastructure support services and project development support for a very productive, interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Most of the research at the PRC is concentrated in four overlapping thematic areas: Family Demography and Intergenerational Relationships; Education, Work, and Inequality; Population Health, and Reproductive Health.

As part of a research unit with a strong culture of collaboration, postdocs are expected to spend about half of their time working independently and about half of their time working together with faculty research associates. In addition, postdocs are expected to attend the weekly PRC brownbag, present at least once at the brownbag during their period of support, and submit research for presentation at the Population Association (PAA) meetings. 

Postdoctoral fellows must have a Ph.D. in sociology, demography, public health, family studies, or a related social science discipline and must be citizens, or permanent residents, of the United States at the time of appointment. Potential applicants should contact faculty research associates to identify shared interests and to determine if one or more faculty research associates can serve as mentors to the fellow. Applications are due April 15th, 2022.                      

Interested applicants should send the following materials in a single pdf to (1) a letter of interest that includes information about research interests and plans, at least one anticipated postdoctoral PRC faculty mentor, and future employment goals; (2) a CV; and (3) 2 examples of written (preferably peer-reviewed) work.  Three letters of recommendation are required. Letter writers should send their letters directly to  All documents must be submitted electronically.

For more information about the PRC research activities and faculty, please visit our website:

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Shannon Cavanagh, PRC Postdoctoral Training Director at

The University of Texas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity. Funding for this position comes from the grant, 5 T32 HD007081, Training Program in Population Studies, awarded to the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Download a PDF of the call HERE

2020-2021 Postdoctoral Fellows:

Michael Schultz

Jeffrey Swindle

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