Postdoctoral Research Appointee

Indianapolis, Indiana
Jan 18, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Description 

Postdoctoral Research Appointee IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, IUPUI 

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Appointee who will be in residence at the IAHI from July 15, 2018 through June 14, 2020 (2 Year, Full-Time Appointment). This position is open to early career scholars studying the arts, social sciences, and humanities from a broad range of fields (e.g. urban anthropology, visual anthropology, cultural anthropology, human geography, public history, digital humanities), but whose research fundamentally integrates interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary methodologies and perspectives. 

The IAHI Postdoctoral Research Program aims to create a legacy of scholars with rich experience in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and publicly engaged research across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This program is designed to nurture the academic careers of early career scholars by providing opportunities to pursue innovative research while gaining mentoring from IAHI affiliates and faculty.  

The Postdoctoral Research Appointee will be under the supervision of the IAHI Director and will be a key member of the IAHI research team. The Postdoctoral Research Appointee will:  

  • participate as a researcher in IAHI research projects under the supervision of the IAHI Director. These projects include the Rivers of the Anthropocene ( and the Cultural Ecologies Project ( Rivers of the Anthropocene project and its international research network of over 60 scholars has been active publishing, curating exhibitions, holding scholarly workshops, and developing community-based educational programming since its creation in 2012. The Cultural Ecologies Project—a multifaceted effort that includes, research, evaluation, public seminars, and a PhD program—asks the seemingly simple question, "How do cultural interventions transform cities?" This project works with community stakeholders to examine the impact of the arts and humanities across multiple scales—from the personal to the neighborhood to the city level. 
  • work alongside the IAHI Director to frame and engage the IAHI within national and international conversations relating to interdisciplinary scholarship in the arts and humanities through attendance at conferences and workshops. 
  • support the IAHI Director and research group in the design and development of research instruments, grants, peer-reviewed publications, and public programming. This includes working with the IAHI Director to identify, develop, and apply for major grants focused on developing the IAHI's research projects and programs.  
  • engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required by the IAHI Director. 
  • play an active role in the day-to-day activities of the Institute as required by the IAHI Director. 



The Postdoctoral Research Appointee is expected to maintain their research profile and pursue an independent research project that they will move forward across the two years of the appointment. The approximate division between IAHI-related work and independent research will be 70/30.  

This two-year position commences on July 15, 2018 and ends on July 14, 2020.  

The Postdoctoral Research Appointee will receive up to $3,000 each year in research support for travel related to IAHI efforts. Furthermore, each Postdoctoral Research Appointee will be eligible for enrollment in an IU sponsored healthcare program, see details on available plans here:  


Candidate Requirements 

This position is ideal for early career scholars with a PhD in anthropology (all subfields welcome), history, public history, human geography, environmental studies, or field related to this research topic. 


The ideal candidate will be: 

  • motivated to work in a highly collaborative research environment 
  • committed to innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship 
  • enthusiastic about engaging with diverse, community audiences  


Application Process  

We invite applications from qualified candidates at the beginning of their academic careers who do not yet hold tenure-track academic positions. Candidates are expected to have their PhD no later than June 2018. This position is open to U.S. and international applicants.  

Applicants should submit by February 28, 2018

  • Cover letter (2 pages) 
  • CV 
  • Research statement (2 pages) 
  • Sample of writing (dissertation chapter, published article, links to online projects, etc.) 
  • Names and contacts for 3 references 

Please submit materials electronically here:


Further Information 

Please address any questions relating to the position or application process to Dr. Jason Kelly at [email protected]  


About the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute  

Established in 2012, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) supports research and creative activity across the IUPUI campus; serves as a campus liaison to the central Indiana community; and fosters ongoing partnerships and ventures that advance arts and humanities endeavors at IUPUI and in Indianapolis. 

The IAHI showcases and promotes the major intellectual and scholarly contributions that IUPUI faculty members from across the disciplines are making in the arts and humanities, serving individual faculty members, groups, and interdisciplinary teams through grant programs, workshops, symposia, and research collaborations.  

As an urban-based institute, the IAHI works closely with the Indianapolis community, connecting local institutions and residents with IUPUI. Working with Indianapolis’ diverse publics to create engaging new programming and forums for dialogue, creativity, and experiment, the IAHI also facilitates experiential and service learning opportunities for faculty-led student teams in academic programs across campus. 

The IAHI seeks to become a national model for an urban-based arts and humanities institute that is both a leader in academic research and creative activity and an active participant in its community. 

The IAHI is a collaboration between the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the School of Liberal Arts, the Herron School of Art and Design, the IUPUI Library, the School of Informatics and Computing, the School of Engineering and Technology, The School of Science, and the School of Medicine. 

To learn more about the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and its programs, visit our website at


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