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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate Justice & Community Engagement


Position title: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate Justice & Community Engagement

Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC salary scales set the minimum pay based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See the salary scale titled,Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee/Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow / Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct -Fiscal Year. A reasonable estimate for this position is $65,000 - 78,000.

Percent time: Full-time (100%)

Anticipated start: Start date is negotiable but must be before June 1, 2024. Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of initial appointment (rather than at the time of application).

Position duration: Maximum Duration of Service in a Postdoctoral Title: Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time and the initial appointment is for a minimum of two years, with the possibility of reappointment. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution.



Open date: February 20, 2024

Next review date: Sunday, Mar 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

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.


The Center for Reimagining Leadership (CRL) and the Center for Coastal Climate Resilience (CCCR) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), in partnership with the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate Justice & Community Engagement. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a faculty mentor from UCSC and research mentors from CAB to co-design a community-engaged research project that both informs theory and practice in climate justice and aligns with the following core goals of the three partner organizations:

  1. Contribute to CRL’s mission to center and support the scholarly expertise and career goals of underserved early-career leaders with a view towards enhancing climate justice;
  2. Move forward CCCR’s goals of advancing innovative solutions for building coastal resilience that engage partners, foster leaders and address the challenges from climate change in California; and
  3. Contribute to CAB’s mission to eliminate poverty and create change through advocacy and essential services, and their work aimed at collaborating, resourcing and elevating the climate change conversation about impacts on local and regional communities, including preparedness education and recovery support

Each applicant should identify a primary faculty mentor from the Social Sciences or Humanities Divisions at UCSC. UCSC faculty mentors in other divisions may be considered as long as the project will be rooted in the social sciences and/or humanities research. Possible UCSC faculty mentors include those previously funded through CCCR Projects or those identified across campus. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be mentored by CAB Executive Director, Maria Elena de la Garza, and her team. Given the close collaboration expected with CAB and the direct relevance of the project to CAB’s Community Action Plan (CAP), the fellow will spend some of their time at a designated CAB office in Watsonville. The fellow will be expected to be deeply immersed in CAB’s work and gain an understanding of the agency's history, mission, and service delivery across programs. The fellow will also have a significant amount of time to write and publish. The exact division of time will be determined in consultation with the UCSC and CAB mentors depending on the nature of the agreed project.

Fellows will receive two full years of postdoctoral salary and benefits plus $15,000 for research and travel expenses associated with their research project. Start date is negotiable but must be before June 1, 2024.

This position requires that the postdoctoral scholar collaborate and successfully work as part of a team, take initiative to ensure project progress, demonstrate critical thinking, and contribute to the preparation of academic publications and any outputs as agreed with CAB. Fluent Spanish language skills (verbal and written) are required for this position. Demonstrated experience working with and communicating with diverse partners (e.g., faculty researchers, staff, community leaders, community members) is essential. Experience with community engaged work and social science methods, such as conducting interviews, focus groups, and/or document analysis, are also required. Candidates with a demonstrated track record of contributing to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion within their prior institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be evaluated based on the scholarly and community engaged qualifications of the applicant, the potential of the proposed project to contribute to the overlapping goals of the CRL, CCCR, and CAB, and the ability of the applicant and proposed mentor to carry out the project.


Written and verbal fluency in Spanish is required for this position.


All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs and should be forwarded to Submit application materials as a single PDF via email to CRL Associate Director, Dr. Sikina Jinnah at; please refer to the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate Justice & Community Engagement position the email subject line and refer to Position JPF01696 in all correspondence.

REQUIRED Documents/Materials

  • Cover Letter: Letter that details applicant’s experiences with community-engaged work, social science research, analytic skills, and career goals. The cover letter should also reflect on the CAB's 2023 Community Action Plan survey and explain how a fellowship that engages with CAB’s work will help them meet their goals and/or push forward climate justice (3 page maximum).
  • Curriculum Vitae: Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publications (5 page maximum).
  • Letter of Support from a Prospective UCSC Faculty Mentor: Letter that describes their mentorship plan for you. If the faculty mentor is outside the social sciences or humanities divisions this letter must discuss how a mentor network will be created to support the fellow in social science and/or humanities research (2 page maximum).
  • List of Professional References: Provide the names and contact information for a minimum of three professional references (a maximum of five will be accepted). The committee will contact the references for applicants who are under serious consideration.


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by March 31, 2024. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

Center for Reimagining Leadership (CRL): Center for Coastal Climate Resilience (CCCR):  Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB):



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in any field addressing climate justice and community engagement.

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