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Population Science Postdoctoral Training Program

The postdoctoral program produces scientists who understand complex population issues and become leaders in population health fields. The program is structured around a close mentoring relationship between the training faculty and postdoctoral scholars, and is customized to fit the goals and interests of both. The majority of postdoctoral scholars who have completed their fellowship accept university teaching positions. Others hold positions in applied research settings.

Faculty Preceptors

Each postdoctoral scholar works closely with a faculty preceptor.  Prospective applicants should consult the list of CPC faculty fellows and contact potential sponsors to determine their availability and interest.

The program is currently led by Dr. Barbara Entwisle (Sociology), who studies social context and demographic and health behavior and outcomes. She works alongside 50+ faculty fellows; together, they provide scholars with a strong grounding in population science through coursework, seminars, and workshops and a mentored research practicum that continues throughout the doctoral program. See all faculty mentors.

Program Requirements

Postdoctoral scholars work closely with their faculty preceptors to develop, carry out, and publish the results of research projects. They are expected to:

  • Report their research each year at CPC’s interdisciplinary workshop
  • Attend the annual meeting of the Population Association of America
  • Complete university and NIH required training in the Responsible Code of Research

Scholars may also audit relevant courses at the university with approval of their CPC preceptor(s) and permission of the course instructor.


Postdoctoral scholars must have received their PhD or earned doctoral degree in a population-related field of study before the start date of the traineeship. Applicants are evaluated on their previous research experience and relevance to population research, research productivity, and intellectual diversity.

Stipend and Benefits

CPC Population Science Postdoctoral Scholars are supported in a variety of ways, including:

T32 funded positions provide up to two years of training for postdoctoral fellows and include a stipend and financial support for travel to conferences. T32-funded positions requires successful applicants to be US citizens or permanent residents at the time of appointment. Non-US citizens can participate in the training program, but cannot receive funds from the T32 grant.

All scholars regardless of funding source are offered a workspace and computer.

Supplemental Compensation Policy

Funded postdoctoral scholars are expected to have a full-time commitment to their research and training program. Extramural activities resulting in supplemental compensation are allowed only when the activities result in a career building benefit. Income producing activities, with income enhancement as the primary motivation, are not allowed.

All requests to engage in work resulting in financial compensation are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be made in writing and approved by the Program Director prior to beginning any work. All requests must be approved and endorsed by your faculty preceptors. Please contact Training Manager Abigail Haydon ( for information regarding the guidelines that must be followed for consideration of such requests.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for postdoctoral scholars, with a preferred start date of July 2021. The initial term of appointment for a funded scholar is one year, but reappointment for a second (final year) of T32 support is expected.

A completed application for postdoctoral appointment must be submitted online and includes the following:

  • A cover letter
  • Current CV/resume
  • Background and goals statement
  • Copies of research publications (limit: 3)
  • Complete graduate student transcripts

Please refer to the UNC Human Resources job posting for instructions on how to submit these items.

In addition to the items listed above, the following letters should be sent directly to Abigail Haydon (

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members with direct knowledge of prior research and training
  • A letter of endorsement from a current CPC fellow. The letter should describe the specific plans for research collaboration during the postdoctoral fellowship.

All materials including the completed application package, letters of recommendation and endorsement, and your submission through the UNC HR website must be received by December 5, 2020.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Please contact Abigail Haydon ( with questions.


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