Postdoctoral Opportunity Posting # 1215

Contact Information
Yvette Alvarez Obando



About the Position
Postdoctoral Scholar

Social Sciences

International Institute

UCSD’s International Institute is searching for a postdoctoral fellow to participate in a year-long “Sawyer Seminar” focusing on the theme of "Claiming the City: Urban Citizenship, Hybrid Cultures, and Governance in the Modern Era".  The Institute is grateful for a grant for this seminar from the Mellon Foundation. Our seminar will bring together faculty and graduate students at UCSD and other regional institutions to think together about urban spaces as sites of citizenship, governance, and environmental resilience. The year’s activities will include a series of invited speakers, workshops and classes held in 2018-19. For more details about the seminar, please see

The International Institute, a newly founded interdisciplinary center at the University of California, San Diego coordinates and supports scholarship and teaching on international issues at UC San Diego. The II is a vibrant international and multidisciplinary intellectual community that produces and supports research and policy ideas from across disciplines. The II is committed to fostering international knowledge that encompasses multiple levels, from local knowledge of languages and sub-national groups, to regional and state knowledge, to global knowledge of international systems, institutions, and organizations. To foster these collaborations, the II provides funding to cross-divisional faculty groups and collaboratories, and convenes an annual conference dedicated to one of the university’s four research themes across regions of the world. Fellowships for student research is also awarded on an annual basis. Further information about the Institute can be found at

The postdoctoral scholar position is a one-year appointment. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to engage in research that addresses the Seminar topic, and present their work at project meetings. The postdoctoral scholar will also assist with project activities, which may include co-leading monthly meetings, writing research reports, and event planning. Duties will be decided through consultation between the scholar and Sawyer Seminar co-PIs. The postdoctoral scholar is required to be in residence for the entirety of the academic year. The position is open to international applicants. The Institute is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Applicants must possess a PhD granted from an accredited university before the position begins, and must be no more than five years post-PhD. While the PhD may be in any discipline, the candidate's research should connect to the theme of the Sawyer Seminar.

Salary will be $48,216 plus benefits, in accordance with UC San Diego salary scales

1 year starting 7/1/18-6/30/19

Applications should be submitted to Nancy Postero ( and should include:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Brief statement (1000 words maximum) summarizing the applicant's intellectual interests, scholarly training, and research agenda as these relate to the Sawyer Seminar topic
• Copies of no more than two representative publications or dissertation chapters
• Names and contact information of two recommenders

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About the Listing
3/15/18, open until filled