Racial Justice & Global Change: An Interdisciplinary Research Training Program, DU IRISE

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The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE: www.du.edu/irise) is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners for term beginning January 2022 and ending June 30, 2023.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $26,880 for the first six months and $54,144 for the second year, a professional development and research account ($ of up to $6,000 for the term of the fellowship), access to space and research equipment (including personal office and computer), and a comprehensive benefits package.

Position Summary


The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to join and grow preexisting DU faculty projects examining the connection between racial biases and the natural world and built human landscape, within the general areas of global change and social justice. Global change includes a wide variety of anthropogenic impacts, such as climate change, invasive species, water quality, and light and air pollution. Specifically, the fellow will be able to train in validated and innovative research methodologies and apply them in a inter- or transdisciplinary way, to participate in the engagement and recruitment of minoritized populations, and to learn and implement strategies for community-engaged collaborations.


The fellow will teach one courses (either independently or in collaboration with DU faculty) in the 2022-23 academic year on a topic that will satisfy requirements for DUs Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor or related emerging graduate curriculum on racial inequality in its sustainability curriculum. Courses may be cross-listed across relevant departments and/or taught in alternative departments in different terms.


The fellow will work closely with IRISE to develop as a campus leader and to thereby extend the impact of DU faculty and students on issues of racial (in)equity. More specifically, the fellow will collaborate on the vision, design and implementation of IRISE programming related to their research areas each year. The successful candidate will also be expected to actively participate in and support IRISEs intellectual life and various other partner initiatives (DU IMPACT 2025 and the DU Grand Challenges) in amplifying their role as a scholar confronting racial inequality in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a STEM discipline. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD by start date.
  • Interest in pursuing research that integrates race and ethnic studies in addition to the applicants own background of training.
  • Strong methodological training.

Application Deadline

Please submit your application materials by 6pm (MST) on November 1st, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $50,000-$55,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter (which includes a brief research statement and description of teaching interests/accomplishments) that addresses specifically how a research and teaching agenda is related to issues of racial and social inequity, inclusion, and climate change.
3. 1 Writing sample (e.g., peer-reviewed publication(s), dissertation chapter)

Candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of racial inequality, we especially encourage applications from racially as well as gender minoritized groups.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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