Applications Invited for 2024-2025 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Madeline Johnson


Notre Dame's Church Properties Initiative is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the 2024-2025 academic year to advance research within the initiative’s three focus areas: Diocesan Restructuring; Adaptive Reuse and Densification; and Land, Environment, and Food Systems.

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In addition to supporting the Initiative’s ongoing research projects in these areas and carrying out his or her own aligned research projects under the mentorship of Notre Dame faculty, the Research Associate will support the planning and production of CPI’s annual conference, the development of public-facing materials such as case studies and web-based resources, and engagement with Church and community stakeholders in collaboration with Institute staff.

This is a full-time, in-person position available with an initial appointment of one year, renewable for a second year on the basis of satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Expected start date is July 1, 2024.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in religious studies, sociology, economics, geography, urban studies, urban/regional planning, environmental studies, engineering, architecture, historic preservation, public affairs, business, law, or other relevant discipline, earned no more than five years prior to the position start date.

Desired Qualifications

Experience or aptitude in working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS);  experience or aptitude in working with data and statistical programs such as R or Stata.


Stipends for Postdoctoral Research Associates meet or exceed NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) salary levels. Health insurance and additional benefits are summarized for full-time paid “Postdoctoral Research Associate” appointments at Funding is offered for research-related travel and conference participation.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit the following to Maddy Johnson at by April 15, 2024:

  1. 1 - 2 page cover letter outlining the applicant’s research experience and aspirations, and explaining fit with CPI’s research focus areas
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. A work or writing sample of 20 - 25 pages; applicants with strong quantitative/data visualization skills should include a work sample that reflect this aptitude (variable format)
  4. Three references

Interviews will take place in late April with an offer expected to be extended by May 15.