Position Title: Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellows) – Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean – 3 Vacancies
Job ID: 21406
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Closing Date: Open until filled with review of applications to begin on February 3, 2020


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), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

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 Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) was founded to address both the African and the black presence in the Americas through scholarly research and public programs. The Institute’s mission is to foster understanding and critical interpretation of the history, development, conditions, status and cultures of the diverse peoples of the African Diaspora.

As part of the Provost’s Diversity Initiative, the Graduate Center seeks three (3) Research Associates/Post-Doctoral Fellows to support the development of early career scholars from diverse backgrounds (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) who show promise as innovative scholars in the field of Africana Studies. The incumbents will participate in activities related to IRADAC and to the Ph.D. program of his/her own discipline. The Post-Doctoral Fellows will engage their own original research and scholarship and will publish the results of their research. They will present the research to scholars and the public through conferences, seminars, workshops and/or working groups thus furthering the mission of IRADAC as it pertains to the African Diaspora. In addition, the Post-Doctoral Fellows will be working closely with 2020-2021 IRADAC Dissertation Fellows as they complete their dissertations. Ample opportunities for sustained constructive criticism of the Fellows’ scholarship will be in place alongside further professionalization opportunities. Teaching opportunities are also possible with an adjunct appointment. This position reports to the Director of IRADAC.

The appointment will be for the academic year 2020-2021, effective August 26, 2020.


General Duties:

  • 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.


Other Qualifications:

IRADAC seeks candidates who have received their Ph.D. in 2016 or later; candidates who will deposit their dissertation by July 1, 2020 will also be considered.

The Center is particularly interested in candidates from the fields of Anthropology, English, History, Psychology, and Sociology though applications from any field within the humanities and humanistic social sciences will be considered.


How to Apply:

Go to http://cuny.jobs/ and search for Job ID 21406.

Click on “Apply Now” below which will bring you 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 to apply. Make sure to upload a CV, a statement of scholarly interests, and a sample publication or dissertation chapter. Candidates should also indicate courses that they may teach. Please upload all documents in Word or PDF format as one file.

Finalists for the fellowship will be notified to submit three (3) letters of reference.


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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