The Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge
of the Arctic
(ELOKA) invites applications for a three-year
postdoctoral research associate. We seek someone with expertise in
Indigenous Knowledge, data management, and/or digital storytelling
to develop research on Indigenous data and storytelling and to
support the implementation of activities related to community and
Indigenous data management under the ELOKA program.
The Indigenous Data and Storytelling postdoctoral fellow will
develop a research project that will focus on storytelling with
Indigenous data, drawing on existing partnerships and activities of
the ELOKA network of partners.
The postdoctoral fellow will develop original research questions
focusing on Indigenous data and storytelling that contribute to
ELOKA’s goal of enhancing the use and usefulness of Indigenous data
and data management tools while upholding Indigenous data
sovereignty. Examples of relevant research questions: How can
storytelling approaches help data users understand and respect
Indigenous data sovereignty? How can storytelling help preserve and
share the context in which Indigenous data were produced?
This project will utilize a methodology that will be co-developed
with ELOKA partners. The methodology will support research to
understand how to share Indigenous Knowledge and data in ways that
support its use while protecting and enhancing Indigenous data
Work will be carried out under the supervision of ELOKA PI Dr. Noor
Johnson, with additional mentorship from Dr. Stephanie Carroll (
Collaboratory for Indigenous Data
, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona)
and ELOKA co-PI Dr. Matthew Druckenmiller. In addition, the postdoc
will have opportunities to participate in several related networks
and efforts, including the Indigenous Foods Knowledges
and the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data
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
ELOKA partners with Indigenous communities, organizations, and
researchers in the Arctic to create online products that facilitate
the collection, preservation, exchange, and use of local
observations and Indigenous Knowledge of the Arctic. Our partners
collect and manage data for a variety of purposes such as
Indigenous education, language learning, cultural knowledge
transmission, resource use and planning, and adaptation to
environmental change. ELOKA fosters collaboration between resident
Arctic specialists and visiting researchers, provides data
management and user support and develops digital tools for
Indigenous Knowledge in collaboration with our partners. ELOKA is
beginning a new phase of work with a five-year NSF award
(2021 – 2026) that will focus on how to make Indigenous data that
is curated and stewarded by ELOKA and partner organizations more
useful and usable for a variety of end users, with a focus on
At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental
Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand
the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the
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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Work with ELOKA PI/co-PIs and partners to:
- Develop research questions focusing on Indigenous data and
storytelling that contribute to ELOKA V’s goal of enhancing the use
and usefulness of Indigenous data while upholding Indigenous data
- Conduct collaborative research using a co-production of
- Develop innovative products (such as films, podcasts, and story
maps) to share Indigenous Knowledge and data.
- Lead development/writing of research publications and
conference presentations related to this project.
Support the implementation of ELOKA V activities including:
What You Should Know
- Help organize and host in-person and remote network meetings
and working groups.
- Support our partners and technical staff in efforts to enhance
the use and usefulness of Indigenous data management products, such
as digital atlases, applications, and websites.
- Represent ELOKA at relevant conferences and meetings.
- Help develop and implement training on topics of interest to
ELOKA partners and the Arctic research community (i.e. Indigenous
data and storytelling, data sovereignty, community data
- Conduct outreach to Indigenous organizations and communities to
identify new potential partners.
- Develop content for the ELOKA and NSIDC’s websites related to
- Manage social media (Twitter, Facebook).
What We Can Offer
- ELOKA is currently funded under a five-year NSF award that
began on February 1, 2021. Funding for this 3-year postdoctoral
position is anticipated through August 31, 2024.
- The hiring and administering of this position will be through
the National Snow and Ice Data Center ( NSIDC ), which is
part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental
Sciences ( CIRES ) at the University of Colorado
- This position will be based at the University of Colorado
Boulder campus in Boulder, Colorado. Remote work arrangements will
be considered for exceptional candidates. In the event of remote
work, travel to the University of Colorado at Boulder will be
required on an annual basis for team and network meetings.
- CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is
commensurate with education and experience and determined based on
our CIRES internal career track classification.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $60,000 -
- Relocation funds are available for this position following
CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Ph.D. in a relevant field (such as anthropology, sociology,
data science, film or communication studies, Indigenous studies,
environmental studies) completed in the past five years. Candidates
who have a scheduled defense date will also be considered.
- Experience working collaboratively with Indigenous community,
Tribal or organizational partners.
What We Would Like You To Have
- The ability to work with diverse groups of people including
researchers from different fields, Arctic community partners, and
Indigenous Knowledge holders.
- Proven ability to work independently as well as in a
collaborative, distributed team.
- Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
- Outstanding project management skills.
- Technical competence in working with email clients, cloud-based
file-sharing platforms, and other web-based collaboration
- Experience working directly with Arctic communities and
- Experience developing innovative products to share knowledge
(such as films, podcasts, websites, story maps, etc.).
- Videographic and sound production and editing experience.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position.
- A sample of your work relevant to this role (article,
dissertation chapter, film, etc).
- List of contact information for 3 professional references who
may be contacted by the search committee members on your behalf. If
you are selected as a finalist for this role, we will ask one of
these references to also write a formal letter of recommendation
for your application file. Please note that you don't need to
include letters of recommendation with your initial
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified
by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an
approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the
United States, please submit a translated version as an optional
The position will be open until filled. Applications will be
screened as they are received.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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