Postdoctoral Scholar

Irvine, CA
Aug 04, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
  • School of Social Sciences - Anthropology


    Open date: August 3rd, 2017

    Next review date: September 1st, 2017
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: September 1st, 2017
    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.


    Department of Anthropology

    One postdoctoral position is available in the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Valerie Olson, the postdoctoral fellow will participate in collaborative ethnographic research associated with a one-year, multi-institution study on the strengths and needs of communities in a Southern California watershed. Main tasks include, but are not limited to:

    1)Developing and participating in ethnographic research data collection activities, such as community listening workshops, interviews, focus groups, and archival data collection. Specific tasks will include: leading the development of ethnographic data collection instruments; supervising and training research fellows; and assisting study partners with water authority engagement, broadly construed.

    2)Participating in ethnographic data analysis and writing, including: partnering with a data management firm to develop data coding, analysis, and display; and contributing to the collaborative writing and editing of the final ethnographic report as appropriate.

    3)Providing review, reports, and content as appropriate for water agency plan updates based on the ethnographic study.

    4)Project management duties, including but not limited to: producing quarterly progress reports of study activities; contributing to study monitoring; data management and maintenance.

    5)Participating in other study activities as needed, such as: technical advisory committee meetings, engagement and education events throughout the watershed, conferences, etc. Participating in other Department of Anthropology activities as needed, including but not limited to giving lectures in one undergraduate anthropology course during the 2017-2018 school year.

    Requirements - Candidates must hold a Ph.D. at the time of application in anthropology or sociology. Candidates must have a relevant ethnographic research profile, including: ethnography of community and regional level water insecurity and vulnerability, preferably in the study area of Southern California; research on California water agencies, water policy, and/or water decision making; and community-engaged research. Candidates should also have 3-5 years of progressive research project coordination and data management experience, including: conducting literature reviews; data coordination, monitoring, and management; and preparing reports. Candidates must be able to travel within the regional study area as determined by the project.

    The ideal candidate will have experience developing ethnographic research instruments and supervising research assistants. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a record of scholarly excellence and achievement through research publications, teaching, and service.

    The appointment is scheduled to begin as early as September 1, 2017 for a period of one year. There is not currently an option for renewal. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Travel expenses for research activities related to the study will be reimbursed. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

    Application Procedures - Applicants should forward 1) cover letter (including research skills and qualifications), 2) a current curriculum vitae, and 3) three names and contact information for references. Submit materials via UC Irvine's online application system, 4) other documents as listed below in Requirements. Applications must be received by September 1, 2017 for consideration.

    Submit materials via UC Irvine's online application system, RECRUIT, located at Applications must be received by 9/1/2017.

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
    Job location Irvine, CA


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