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Research Associate

The Graduate Center, CUNY
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 23, 2022

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Position Title:              Research Associate (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Justice in Higher Education) - PublicsLab

Job ID:                         23476

Compensation:            $67,000/year

Closing Date:                Open until filled




The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master's programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center's commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC).


The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City's intellectual and cultural life.


The PublicsLab at the Graduate Center announces a one-year post-doctoral fellowship for a recent PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences who wishes to pursue a research agenda related to racial equity and social justice in higher education.


Since 2018, the PublicsLab has encouraged doctoral students and faculty to engage in scholarship that is accessible to the public, deepens our understanding of burning issues, and spurs social change. The PublicsLab also supports the training of doctoral students for a variety of careers, in and beyond the academy, and addresses broader issues of equity and inclusion within the academy. The PublicsLab regularly sponsors workshops, events, conferences, fellowships, internships, and departmental grants, and serves as a resource for the CUNY community. For more information, please see our website:


The Research Associate will report to Dr. Stacy Hartman, director of the PublicsLab.


Currently, CUNY employees are required to be in the office 70% of the time (e.g. 7 work days every 2 weeks).  Accommodation options (e.g. flexible work schedule, compressed work schedule) are available on a case by case basis.  All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to their campus (or office).


As of May 27, 2022, employees in select titles, including this title, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless granted a religious accommodation or a medical exemption. At this time, we are defining the required number of dosages for full vaccination as the two shots of Moderna or Pfizer, or the single shot of Johnson & Johnson, without boosters.


In addition to the listed general duties, additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop a research agenda related to social justice in higher education.
  • Be an active participant in the PublicsLab, attending events and organizing two-three workshops per semester.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to graduate students interested in careers in social justice in and beyond the academy
  • Interact with graduate students, PublicsLab practitioners, and other members of the PublicsLab community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.





CUNY Title Overview:


- Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others. 

- Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

- Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

- Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

- Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

- Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties





Minimum Qualifications:


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate should possess a doctoral degree in a humanities discipline or humanistic social science. The doctorate degree must be in hand by the start of the Fall 2022 semester and must have been obtained with the last five years.




How to Apply:


Go to and search for Job ID 23476.


Click on "Apply Now" below which links to the registration screen.

If you are a new user, you must register to apply.

If you already have a user ID, please use your existing ID. The following are all required:

  1. A resume or CV (up to three pages)
  2. A research statement of up to five pages that describes the applicant’s relevant interests and the project’s relationship to previous research. Projects may take a capacious approach to research outcomes; a single-authored monograph is only one among many possibilities. Others may include building an organization, developing a podcast or video series, creating resource materials for use with undergraduates or graduate students, or developing an interactive website. In any case, the statement should address issues of audience and propose an appropriate communications strategy. Applications that do not include an appropriate research statement will not be considered.
  3. Contact details for three (3) professional references, including the name, title, and organization of each referee, their telephone numbers and email addresses. Letters of recommendation are not required at this stage.


Please upload all documents as one file as a PDF.



Equal Employment Opportunity:

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.



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