Environmental Futures Senior Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 05, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a Senior Professional Research Assistant, as part of the interdisciplinary project, “Deep Horizons: Making Visible an Unseen Spectrum of Ecological Casualties & Prospects.” The position connects to a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures.

We encourage applications from curators whose arts practice aligns with one or more of the following topics: decolonizing climate; native and indigenous communities responding to environmental change; and the role of art in responding to larger ideas of sustainability.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems.

The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Senior Professional Research Assistant will help manage two to three art exhibits, work in collaboration with faculty, students, and visiting scholars, and participate in the year-long graduate seminar activities. They will work closely with Professor Erin Espelie, Co-Director of the NEST (Nature, Environment, Science & Technology) Studio for the Arts, and will have the opportunity, if so desired, to consult with the Natural Hazards Center, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the departments of Cinema Studies & the Moving-Image Arts, Critical Media Practices, Art & Art History, and Sociology. Independent research will be expected to traverse multiple disciplines and ask intersectional questions concerning the changing planet as it affects specific peoples, communities, wildlife species, and ecosystems in varying and inequitable ways.

What You Should Know
  • Appointment term: January 15, 2021 – June 30, 2021.
  • Remote PRA's will not be considered, given the on-campus requirements associated with this work.

What We Can Offer

$27,000 plus benefits.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • Master's degree in the humanities or arts and is expected to be completed by July 1, 2020.

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree)

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position
  3. 1-2 page Curatorial Research Statement

You will be asked by our system to provide three (3) professional references, who will be contacted upon interview.

The review process for applications will commence on October 28, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application materials are accepted electronically via CU Boulder Jobs. Please contact Erin Espelie, erin.espelie@colorado.edu, with questions.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Erin Espelie

Posting Contact Email: erin.espelie@colorado.edu

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