Career Opportunities with FFCWS

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study 

The Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW), directed by Dr. Kathryn Edin and part of the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, invites outstanding researchers to apply for appointments each academic year. CRCW conducts research on children and young adults' health, education, and economic wellbeing and on understanding disadvantaged communities. Our current initiatives include the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) and work to understand how disability insurance helps families make ends meet.

The following appointment is available for the 2023 - 2024 academic year. 

The Center for Research on Child Wellbeing is offering a highly competitive postdoctoral research position to an individual with documented interest in the study of adolescence and the transition to young adulthood and experience working with the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) or other, similar longitudinal survey data. This position will provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to be among the first to use data from the FFCWS age 22 survey. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal, pending satisfactory performance, with negotiable starting dates for the next academic year. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Each application will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Postdocs are expected to have outstanding potential and be self-motivated, goal-oriented and capable of successfully communicating ideas to diverse audiences. They must also be able to build on existing strengths, bridge different fields, and be motivated to work with faculty and staff on complex projects. This position will support independent and collaborative research on the above topics. Preference will be given to candidates that have obtained their Ph.D. within the last two years. Postdocs will participate in all of the Center's activities, including student-faculty seminars, workshops, and public lectures. The postdoc will be expected to spend about half their time working on publications using data from the FFCWS (with an emphasis on using age 22 data) and about half their time assisting the FFCWS data team on preparing the age 22 data for release, including assisting with data preparation and merging contextual and administrative data files to the survey data.

Applicants should apply online and submit:

  • A cover letter describing areas of interest
  • Graduate training
  • Relevant background and possible fit within the center
  • Recent CV
  • Names, e-mails and phone numbers of three references