Job ID: 191511

Postdoctoral Fellow

George Mason University

  • Aug. 1, 2022
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Institute for Immigration Research
  • George Mason University
    Fairfax, VA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Sociology - General
    Political Science - General
    Economics - General
    Social Sciences - General

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Immigration Research

The George Mason University, Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) invites applications for a one-year, renewable position as a Postdoctoral Fellow. The successful candidate’s areas of specialization will include immigration, economic, social and political consequences of migration, quality of life, and the overall issues related to immigration policy. This position is critical to the success of the IIR and requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the mission of the IIR.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The Institute for Immigration research (IIR) Postdoctoral Researcher position reports to and is managed by the Director of the IIR. This position has 3 major areas of responsibility: support, management, and research.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to:

  • Mentor and supervise graduate and undergraduate students in their acquisition of skills and preparation of research materials;

  • Be an integral part of the Immigration Data on Demand system (iDod), to include allocating tasks and maintaining/improving the system for public use;

  • Pursue research ideas, to include publishing in academic venues, presenting at academic conferences, assisting with obtaining research grants, and the development of new research endeavors;

  • Represent the IIR with various publics, to include collaboration with the Immigrant Learning Center of Malden, MA, the publication of research in public venues, and responding to media inquiries; and

  • Play a vital role in the IIR activities including colloquia, events, partnerships, and projects.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have earned a Ph.D., or have completed it by the start date of the position, in sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, demography, or related field, as well as:

  • Understanding of U.S. immigration system and policies;

  • Knowledge of ESRI Arc GIS;

  • Advanced quantitative research skills;

  • Excellent written communication skills demonstrated by prior publications;

  • Advanced knowledge of:

  • SPSS (syntax based coding) or compatible software

  • Discovertext

  • NodeXL

  • Qualtrics

  • SQL or Database Competency

  • Microsoft Office Suite

  • The ability to manage/oversee multiple projects; and

  • Technical competency to adapt to new technological systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates with a strong background in the following areas are preferred:

  • Advanced qualitative research skills;

  • Familiarity with immigrational policies of other countries;

  • Mentorship and supervision of students.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F9626z at by September 30, 2022; complete and submit the online application; and upload a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three professional references with contact information. In the letter of interest, please discuss your qualifications and research experience. For more information, contact IIR Director, Dr. James Witte: Applicants must apply to this posting prior to contacting Dr. Witte.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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