Monday, February 21, 2022

Cornell hiring postdocs in immigration

Cornell Law School is seeking to hire 1-2 Postdoctoral Associates to collaborate with and contribute to Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr’s foundation-funded research on various immigration law and policy issues, including but not limited to:

  • Private refugee sponsorship.
  • How to legalize the estimated 10 million undocumented immigrants.
  • Possible paths to permanent status for immigrants who are currently in tenuous immigration statuses like DACA and temporary protected status.
  • The economic, sociological, and educational outcomes of immigrants and refugees under recent changes.
  • The extent to which immigrants fail to use public benefits to which they are entitled.

The selected candidate(s) will conduct research on one or more of these key immigration issues, write reports and op-eds, and coordinate conferences on the findings and recommendations. The selected candidate(s) may also assist on research and analysis of other immigration policy issues through the Law School’s Migration and Human Rights Center and Cornell’s Migration Global Grand Challenge 


Applicants must have a relevant Ph.D. and/or a law degree (J.D.) completed by June 2022. The ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Superior analytical skills and an ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Self-motivation with the ability to take the initiative and follow through on projects to completion.
  • Ability to work independently and with others.
  • A demonstrated commitment to immigration law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 


This is a full-time position for a period of one-year starting in summer 2022, and is benefits-eligible. Reappointment for an additional one-year term is possible, based on performance and funding availability. 

The selected candidate(s) will receive an annual salary of $57,500. 

The position may be conducted either in-person at the Law School in Ithaca, NY or remotely at a location of choice in the United States. Please note that the New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for the position if the work is conducted outside of NYS. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working outside NYS. 

To Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a CV, detailed cover letter, the names of and contact information for three references, and one or more writing samples to The cover letter should include: your interest in this position and Professor Yale-Loehr’s research and how it fits with your career objectives; your organizational skills and experience with research projects; and an example of how you have taken initiative to solve a work-related research problem.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applicants. 

Questions may be referred to Liz Flint ([email protected]).

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