Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Job description

Working Title: Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 02-08-2018

Posting Summary:
The University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce three one-year positions beginning August 2018, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, based on performance.

Advising and teaching load:

Fall Semester
Teach 3 COLA classes (details below)
Advise COLA students and second-year students
Professional development

Spring Semester
Teach 2 seminar classes in home department (25-30 students each)
Continued advising of students from COLA classes
Professional development

If hired to return for a second year, teaching load will be as follows:

Year 2
Fall Semester
Teach 1 seminar class in home department (25-30 students each) and 1 COLA class
Advising of students from COLA classes (first- and second-year students)
Research/Writing; Professional Development

Spring Semester
Teach 2 seminar classes in home department (25-30 students each)
Continued advising of students from COLA classes
Research/Writing; Professional Development

Advising will consist of regular one-on-one appointments with students from COLA classes and at least one group activity per class each semester. A small budget is provided for each COLA class activity.

Training starts on or around August 6 and continue throughout the academic year. Successful candidates receive mentoring, advising, and administrative experience with dedicated time to developing new classes and continuing their own research and publications.

COLA courses are one-credit, graded seminars that meet once each week for 75 minutes in the fall semester and capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor for their lower-division advising. The COLA seminars allow faculty to teach students how to discuss important issues, how to read critically, and/or how to relate real-world issues to the kinds of courses they have an opportunity to take. Students meet for the course weekly and some significant portion of time during the course of the semester is devoted to advising issues (e.g., selecting and declaring a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). See for a list of fall 2017 COLA classes.

All requirements for a terminal degree (Ph.D. or MFA), including a successful defense for the Ph.D., must be completed no later than June 1, 2018 and no earlier than May 2015.

Because this position requires advising undergraduate students in UVA's College of A&S, this position is only open to University of Virginia graduates.

To apply, please complete a Candidate Profile online through [email protected] UVA (, and electronically attach the following to posting 0622524:
1. A statement of your approach to advising and teaching in an undergraduate context.
2. A current CV.
3. An unofficial transcript (attach to OTHER 1).
4. A short description for two different COLA classes (you will teach three but two of the three sections can be the same COLA class) and some of the small seminars you would teach (attach to OTHER 2).
5. One letter of support from the Chair of the department; one letter of support from your Ph.D. Committee Chair, and one other letter of recommendation - emailed directly to Adam Richard [email protected]

If you have any questions about this opportunity please contact Rachel Most by phone or email ([email protected]; 924-8873).

U.Va. will perform background checks including receipt of official transcripts from the institution granting the highest degree for all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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