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Postdoc - Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Scholar in the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research

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Energy Justice in Global Perspective Postdoctoral Position

The Global Studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Scholar on the theme of “energy justice in global perspective.” This seminar focuses on the ways in which certain communities are disproportionately affected by energy regimes and seeks to advance energy justice scholarship with the goal of analyzing and transforming, at this pivotal time, how decisions about energy development, production, and use are made. The Mellon Sawyer Seminar award is being managed by the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research.

The successful candidate will have a track record of research in energy justice that is interdisciplinary and global, and have plans for extending this research agenda. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also assist in all aspects of the organization of a year-long seminar that includes keynote speakers, roundtables, and public film screenings, and will work with two graduate students affiliated with the seminar. The Postdoctoral Scholar will be mentored by one of the UCSB faculty leading the seminar.

Requirements: Ph.D. in the humanities or interpretive sciences, including Native American and indigenous studies, ethnic studies, feminist studies, global studies, history, film and media studies, environmental studies, or related fields. Ph.D. must be awarded from an accredited university within the last five academic years. For Ph.D. candidates - degree must be awarded by the anticipated start date of July 1, 2018. Applicants with experience organizing and hosting academic events are particularly encouraged to apply.

This is a full time, 12-month appointment with an anticipated start date of July, 2018 or later. Postdoctoral Scholars are required to be in residence for the entirety of the 2018-2019 program. Sawyer Seminar organizers are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, professional activity, and service. Primary consideration will be given to applications submitted by December 18, 2017. If a successful candidate isn't identified from the applications received by the primary consideration date, applications received after the primary consideration date will be reviewed. Questions about the position should be directed to Jana Bentley,

Applications should be submitted via UC Recruit and should include:
-- Brief Cover letter
-- Curriculum vitae
-- Statement of Research (1,000 words maximum) summarizing the applicant's intellectual interests, scholarly training, research agenda, and relevant experience as these relate to our seminar's projected themes
-- A writing sample
-- Two letters of recommendation
--if applicant is ABD, one of these letters should be from the dissertation advisor indicating expected date of degree.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and 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
  • Cover Letter

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

  • Statement of Research

  • Writing Sample

  • Misc / Additional - If ABD (all but dissertation), letter from dissertation advisor stating expected degree date.

Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required