Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Urban Studies Institute @georgiastateu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

The newly created Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University seeks a postdoctoral research associate interested in questions related to housing (affordability/access), neighborhood change, poverty and/or other aspects of the urban form starting in Fall 2017.

The urban studies institute conducts top-level urban research from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives; develop an innovative and specialized interdisciplinary curriculum; and engage with stakeholders in metropolitan Atlanta. It will seek close collaborative relations with other academic institutions in the Atlanta region.  The research agenda ranges from local to global scales, from urban theory to policy research, and is particularly geared to comparative urban approaches. Research themes emphasize urban economic resilience and inclusive development, including questions of urbanization and development, sustainability, diversity, inequality, life-chances, social/spatial integration, access to public goods, urban health disparities, etc.

The Institute is directed by Jan Nijman. Recently recruited faculty include Dan Immergluck, David Iwaniec, and Jean-Paul Addie. It is presently housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, which is ranked among the Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. Located in downtown Atlanta, its students, alumni and faculty work to advance economic opportunity, human rights and social justice around the world.

The scope of responsibilities will include these essential duties but not be limited to the following:

  • Develop independent research agenda on urban studies, with emphasis on housing affordability/access, neighborhood change, poverty and/or other aspects of the urban form
  • Comparative research work on Atlanta
  • Collaboration on research projects within institute
  • Teach one course/year on interdisciplinary urban studies
  • Engagement / participation in events sponsored by institute or affiliates

The preferred candidate should have prior research in Atlanta OR comparative urban research in the US and have completed PhD (including defense) prior to start date.


Applications Instructions

Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made as applications are received. Please submit your application to with the following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Personal Statement: up to two-pages (single spaced, 1 inch margins); include a synopsis of research interestes, proposed work, and carerr objective related to urban research
  4. Three letters of recommendation (including one from dissertation advisor or equivalent)


Competitive salary with full benefits in addition to a mentored research experience, and support for travel/training; position currently funded throughAugust 31, 2019.

Georgia State University is a major urban institution with more than 50,000 students. GSU is recognized as a national leader in student success and in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked GSU as the 4th most innovative school in the nation. Atlanta, with a metro population of nearly six million, is among the 10 biggest urban regions in the country. Given its unique civil rights history and its current growth and transformation into a large, international city region, it provides an exciting laboratory for urban research.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.