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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

School of Life Sciences
Tempe, Arizona
$47,476 - $57,000 annually, benefits-eligible
Posted Date
Jun 9, 2023

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The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to contribute to the development of a graduate scholar’s network, Earth Systems Science for the Anthropocene (ESSA). The postdoctoral fellow will spend approximately half time researching other graduate scholars programs, networks, and initiatives internationally, nationally, and internally; working with diversity and inclusion trainers and facilitators to develop a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) training program for the ESSA, working with students and practitioners to develop and lead interdisciplinary team science experiences as training elements for ESSA scholars, and developing and facilitating a Reading and Reflection Seminar for ESSA scholars. The other half of the postdoctoral fellow’s time will be spent developing and carrying out a research project in some area related to the PI’s ongoing research projects, which can be viewed

About ESSA Scholars

An exciting graduate training network was formed at ASU in 2020 and we aim to revolutionize the way we train graduate scholars for careers in the Anthropocene. Challenges of this new age require systems thinking and convergence across disciplines in collaborative team science. ESSA scholars will recognize diverse ways of knowing and the societal and cultural underpinnings of Anthropocene challenges that enable effective communication beyond the academy and a focus on solutions that are just and equitable.

This position is funded by PSIF and is expected to run for two consecutive years. The second-year renewal is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the development of the ESSA Scholar Program, the needs of the university, and availability of resources. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2023. This position comes with a competitive salary and health insurance coverage.  Candidates must be within four years from receipt of their doctoral degree.

Essential duties

  • Work with ESSA Scholars Network team to help develop the program Work with ESSA Scholars Network team to lead an interdisciplinary team science experience Develop and host the ESSA Reading and Reflections Seminar Develop a research project in some area of urban ecology, futures, OR environmental sciences related to global change. Write scientific papers associated with the research Travel to research other graduate scholars’ programs, perform research, and present results at meetings Be an active member in research group activities (e.g., participate in lab meetings, mentor students) Engage in research that reflects at commitment to ESSA core values: acknowledging diverse ways of knowing, solutions-oriented research, and centering JEDI

Minimum Qualifications

  • Successful candidates must have at the time of appointment an earned doctorate in a relevant field, such as: ecology, conservation, environmental studies, sustainability science, environmental engineering, environmental social science, or urban science; American Indian Studies (and similar), Chicane/Latine Studies, and/or African American Studies, particularly as they intersect with environmental issues; or the equivalent terminal degree in their field Must demonstrate their dedication to principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through research, scholarship, and/or other evidence of commitment. Demonstrated capacity or commitment to working effectively in interdisciplinary teams, a strong record of scholarly achievement commensurate with career stage, and excellent communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Special emphasis will be placed on candidates who have experience, as part of their doctoral research or other activities, working with stakeholders or practitioners outside academia and as part of an interdisciplinary team. We are particularly interested in applicants who have direct experience with environmental justice and equity through their research or outreach. Direct experience with interdisciplinary training programs will be valued.

Department and project information

The School of Life Sciences (SOLS) has provided a vital hub for creative excellence at Arizona State University, with more than 670 faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff, and research that ranges from studies on biodiesel and biohydrogen to vaccine development and the conservation of whales. As ASU’s first academic unit to fully reflect President Michael Crow’s integrated, interdisciplinary vision for the New American University, the School of Life Sciences offers active and evolving platforms for collaborative, cutting-edge research and faculty whose discovery is freed from traditional institutional boundaries.

The Global Futures Laboratory (GFL) provides key engagement spaces for scientists, educators and leaders across ASU and around the world to address critical issues related to the future of planet Earth. Rather than solving problems after they arise, we seek to design a future in which humanity not only survives, but thrives.  Using the model of the multi-focused National Laboratories, The Global Futures Laboratory is creating a platform for wide-ranging exchange across all knowledge domains to address the complex social, economic and scientific challenges spawned by the current and future threats from environmental degradation. This platform positions a new world headquarters for an international network of scientists, scholars and innovators, it lays the foundation to respond to existing and emerging challenges and it uses innovation to purposefully shape and inform our future.

Arizona State University is a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, to rethinking university education, and to integrating excellence in research and teaching. The university has been ranked #1 for innovation by the US News & World Report for the past five years. ASU’s School of Life Sciences is committed to curricular innovation in traditional and digital learning environments.

Arizona State University is located in the Phoenix/Scottsdale metropolitan area. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by viewing

Instructions to apply To review and apply for this position, please visit Applicants must submit:

  1. Cover letter and research interests. Applicants should describe their experience and suitability for the position. Unlike a standard cover letter, this proposal should highlight the strengths of the applicant’s experience towards developing and implementing proposed research. Applicants are encouraged to discuss relevant research questions, approaches, scientific significance, and significance to action-oriented research and the ESSA core values.
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume.
  3. Contact information (name, email and phone) for two or three references.
  4. Diversity statement: A statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence. 

The deadline will be Friday (July 10, 2023) at 5:00 p.m. AZ time. All application materials due by July 24 (must be at minimum 14 days after close date); Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.  (See and

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