Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) - Center for Place, Culture and Politics

Position Title:             Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) - Center for Place, Culture and Politics

Job ID:                         27834 

Compensation:           $79,187/year 

Closing date:               All applications must be submitted no later than March 15, 2024 for consideration 

Position Details: 

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) has an open position for a Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) for academic year 2024-2025, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The Center seeks applicants who work on issues related to the theme of “Anti-capitalist Environmentalism,” While the planet seems saturated by capitalism’s many material and social toxicities, including the green variants, anti-capitalist environmentalism — although frequently not thus-named — also exists around the planet. We invite candidates from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary training. Please visit for details on the Center and for details on the theme of “Anti-capitalist Environmentalism.” 

The role of the Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) is integral to the yearly running of the Center. In addition to conducting their own research, the Research Associate (Post-Doctoral Fellow) will be  expected to attend and contribute to the weekly seminar at the Center. Duties will also include active involvement with other Center initiatives, such as organizing conferences and symposia, and liaising with community organizations and scholars. The incumbent will report to the Director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics.

The Center, established in 2000, is interdisciplinary and strives to provide an intellectual forum for the discussion of a wide range of vital contemporary issues. Each academic year, faculty and graduate student fellows from different disciplines explore a specific theme at the Center through a weekly seminar. The Center also hosts prominent national and international scholars and activists who have done significant work related to the theme and invites distinguished outside lecturers to present their work. Over the past several years the Center has sought to work more closely with social movements in New York City and beyond on the theme of “The Right to the City” and other contemporary urgencies.

The Graduate Center is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at 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 global research and innovation. CUNY values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching, and service missions of the university.

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. 

All full-time and part-time CUNY staff are expected to work in-person at their campus office 70% of their work time. For full-time staff, this is equivalent to 7 out of 10 days of in-person work in a two-week period (e.g., 7 days in-person, 3 days remote). This hybrid work schedule is subject to change.

Minimum Qualifications 

Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability. 

Other Qualifications 

A preferred candidate should have demonstrated scholarship or achievement related to the theme “Anti-capitalist Environmentalism.” The candidate should also have the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. Candidates should have their doctoral dissertations (or equivalent) in hand and have completed their dissertations within the last five years. 


CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world. 

How to Apply: 

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Please submit:

  1. Letter of application describing your relevant research
  2. Names and contact information for two references (name, title, organization, email and phone #)
  3. CV
  4. Writing sample of not more than 20 pages including notes

Please upload all documents in Word or PDF format as one file.

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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