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Postdoctoral Scholar -The Energy and Environment Transitions (ENVENT) Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 28th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Dec 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Energy and Environment Transitions (ENVENT) Lab in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for the position of postdoctoral scholar for the academic year 2020-2021.

The Postdoctoral Scholar appointment is a full-time position of advanced academic preparation and research training under the mentorship of faculty members Leah Stokes and Matto Mildenberger. The postdoctoral scholar will work to advance scholarship on political behavior, public opinion, and environmental politics by participating in ongoing research on the electoral ramifications of climate and energy policy in the United States and Canada. The scholar will also advance their individual research and publication agenda on topics in political science, and work with UCSB-based scholars on projects related to the political economy of the environment, and political behavior. Duties include focused work on existing lab research projects related to climate and energy politics, spearheading the design, execution, and writing of research related to elections, political behavior and the environment, and active participation in ENVENT lab.

Basic Qualifications: To apply for this position applicants must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) except the dissertation in political science or a related discipline granted from an accredited university within the last five academic years at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications: Ph.D. conferred by the anticipated appointment start date.

Preferred Qualifications: We seek applicants with strong quantitative analytical skills, previous experience working with public opinion data, and familiarity with spatial analysis. Applicants with a record of working on environmental politics or with a substantive interest in developing a research agenda on environmental politics are preferred. Demonstrated experience in low-carbon economy policy or political economy issues in Canada is also an asset.

For primary consideration, interested candidates should use the following link to submit a completed application including an up-to-date curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research, and two letters of reference by August 12, 2020. We strongly encourage applicants to submit an optional Statement of Contributions to Diversity. These statements, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional, and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement, retention, and mentoring of students in various under-represented groups.

The postdoctoral scholar is a one-year appointment with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2020.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity & excellence of the academic community through teaching, research, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required