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Environmental Futures Postdoctoral Fellow

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow, as part of the interdisciplinary project, “Deep Horizons: Making Visible an Unseen Spectrum of Ecological Casualties & Prospects.” The position connects to a recently funded year-long Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures. 

We encourage applications from scholars and artists in any discipline within the arts and humanities whose research aligns with one or more of the following topics: decolonizing climate; native and indigenous communities responding to environmental change; convergence science working to improve human health, environmental sustainability, and quality of life; affect theory; animal studies; other-than-human agency and response to environmental destruction; and the role of art in responding to larger ideas of sustainability.

Who We Are

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields. Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems.

The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education in the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Postdoctoral Fellow will carry out original research, help manage two to three art exhibits, work in collaboration with faculty, students, and visiting scholars, and participate in the year-long graduate seminar activities. They will work closely with Professor Erin Espelie, Co-Director of the NEST (Nature, Environment, Science & Technology) Studio for the Arts, and will have the opportunity, if so desired, to consult with the Natural Hazards Center, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the departments of Cinema Studies & the Moving-Image Arts, Critical Media Practices, Art & Art History, and Sociology.

What You Should Know

  • Appointment term: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Terminal degree must be in hand at the time of the initial appointment.
  • Remote postdocs will not be considered, given the on-campus requirements associated with this work. 

What We Can Offer

$55,000 plus benefits. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) or MFA in the humanities or arts and is expected to be completed by July 1, 2020.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV 
  2. Cover letter that summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position
  3. A list of publications
  4. 1-2 page research statement
  5. 1-page diversity statement
  6. Writing sample, 20-30 pages
  7. You will be asked by our system to provide three (3) professional references, who will be asked to submit a confidential letter of recommendation immediately upon application submission.
The review process for applications will commence on January 15, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Application materials are accepted electronically via CU Boulder Jobs. Please contact Erin Espelie,, with questions.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Erin Espelie

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