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Postdoctoral Research Appointee
Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
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Date Posted 12/05/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Postdoctoral Research Appointee

Appointment Status

Non-Tenure Track


IUPUI Vice Chancellor For Research

Position Summary

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Appointee who will be in residence at the IAHI from Summer 2020 through Summer 2023 (3 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 methods and theoretical frameworks .

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 not only to nurture the academic careers of early career scholars by providing opportunities to pursue innovative research while gaining mentoring from IAHI affiliates and faculty, but also offer early career scholars a platform from which to transition to careers outside of academia.

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 Rivers of the Anthropocene (rivers.iupui.edu) and the Cultural Ecologies Project (culturalecologies.org). 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.
●Participate 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 three years of the appointment. The approximate division between IAHI-related work and independent research will be 70/30.

This three-year position commences Summer 2020 and ends Summer 2023 (specific dates negotiable). 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: http://hr.iu.edu/benefits/index.html

Basic Qualifications

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

Department Contact for Questions

Please address any questions relating to the position or application process to Dr. Jason Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu.

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Special Instructions

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 2020. This position is open to U.S. and international applicants.
Applicants should submit by January 15, 2020:
• 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

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