The Repair Lab at the University of Virginia seeks a
Postdoctoral Research Associate to help build the Environmental
Justice Policy Clinic (EJPC) housed under the auspices of the Lab.
The EJPC will synthesize research on environmental issues affecting
communities in the mid-Atlantic region, working with emerging
citizen-led groups to develop interventions to improve local
outcomes. The goal of the EJPC is to consolidate legal and policy
resources for addressing environmental problems, and to promote
community-centered, equitable and democratic approaches to
policymaking at all levels. The Postdoctoral Research Associate
will work closely with faculty affiliated with the Repair Lab and
the Lab's practitioner-in-residence to build the EJPC from the
ground-up, imparting their vision to projects related to
environmental justice that answer policy-relevant questions.
We are particularly interested in scholars who are engaging with
critical issues in environmental justice including: community
mobilization, the role of the ideology of race and the experiences
of minority/marginalized populations in formal and informal
institutions, policy-making and political action, climate change
policy and regional and urban planning.
The postdoctoral fellow will operate in an administrative
capacity managing the operation of the EJPC. This includes
synthesizing research on issues affecting communities in the
mid-Atlantic region, working with emerging citizen-led groups to
develop interventions to improve local outcomes and creating an
online database with publicly available information. Additionally,
the post-doc will collaborate with the Lab's
practitioner-in-residence, manage the work of research associates
and/or graduate students, who provide analytic and relationship
support on some project and be the primary point of contact with
government agency partners. The postdoc will manage those
relationships, provide deliverables on time, attend and organize
meetings with stakeholders, and keep engagement active and
bi-directional. The post-doc would develop project leadership
experience and gain extensive practice working with large
administrative data sets. The position does not include teaching
obligations. It is expected that approximately 75% of the
postdoctoral associate's time will be spent working with the EJPC,
10% collaborating on related projects (e.g. Oral History Initiative
and film series) across the Repair Lab and 15% will be on your own
We seek individuals with a highly independent project and data
management capacity, strong written and oral communication skills,
a research portfolio focused on questions of environmental justice,
and rich experience working with citizen-led groups. We are open to
all areas of environmental justice policy. We have particular
interest in climate and sea level rise adaptation strategies and
community-based reparations and remediation initiatives.
Applications are invited from scholars of political science,
Black and ethnic studies, public policy and other relevant
disciplines. The Repair Lab is founded on the premise that racial
injustice and climate change are critical challenges facing
democracy, and that they are inextricably linked. The Lab generates
policy-relevant, cross-disciplinary research to inform
environmental justice policy, and is part of the University of
Virginia's Democracy Initiative.
Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a related field within the
past six (6) years; excellent written and oral communication
skills; a strong work ethic.
Notes: This position is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The
initial appointment is for 1 year, however, the appointment may be
renewed for an additional year contingent upon available funding
and satisfactory performance. The position is available starting
from August of 2021.
This is a salaried position at $53,000 per year plus
Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2021.
The University will perform background checks on all new hires
prior to employment.
Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs:
search for posting # R0024841 (or through Workday for internal
applicants), complete the application, and attach the following
- Please note that all required documents MUST be uploaded in the
Statement of research plans (1,500 word max).
- Contact information for three references (name, email address,
telephone number, and address)
- Applications that do not contain all the required documents
will not receive full consideration.*
For questions about the position, please contact Jennifer
Ludovici, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the
application process, please contact Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search
Advisor, at email@example.com.
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