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Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar - Center for Environmental Futures

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Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Environmental Studies

Department: Environmental Studies Program
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Review of Applications Begins
May 5, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a brief research statement of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship period, a c.v., a writing sample of approximately 25 pages (or comparable evidence of scholarly accomplishment), and the names of three references, including the dissertation advisor (with email addresses, whom we will contact for letters of recommendation).

Department Summary
The Center for Environmental Futures (CEF) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students that engages the environmental humanities, social sciences, art, and architecture, in dialogue with allied fields. Our mission is to encourage faculty and students in interdisciplinary environmental studies research and teaching, to encourage and support members of the community to participate in the University’s environmental studies programming and problem-solving and to cultivate relationships and build projects to address our most pressing environmental and social problems. The Center’s current co-directors are Stephanie LeMenager, the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Chair in English, and Marsha Weisiger, the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair in U.S. Western History.

The environmental humanities, which stands at the core of CEF, contextualizes and complements environmental science and policy with a focus on narrative, critical thinking, history, cultural analysis, aesthetics, and ethics. For over twenty years, the University of Oregon has placed the environmental humanities at the center of conversations about our ecological futures. For more information, consult:

Position Summary
The University of Oregon’s Center for Environmental Futures and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invite applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Environmental Humanities and allied fields. Applications are encouraged from recent graduates of the University of Oregon who study the environment from any perspective in the humanities or allied fields (for example ecological approaches to literature, gender, religion, politics, philosophy, the arts, and/or race; animal studies; indigenous studies, environmental justice, ethics, and sustainability; environmental history, cultural geography; anthropology, or sociology). The Mellon postdoctoral scholar will offer a public lecture, attend regular Center research colloquia, and pursue independent research and writing.

This is a limited duration appointment not to exceed one year.

For the purpose of acquiring additional professional skills needed to pursue a career path in the chosen field, this position will have a formal mentor plan. The Mellon postdoctoral scholar will choose a designated mentor from the Center’s Steering Committee and meet with the mentor throughout the appointment

Minimum Requirements
• PhD in a related field by the start of the position.

Professional Competencies
• Ability to build strong professional relationships across disciplines.
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications
• PhD from the University of Oregon in related field by the start of the position.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

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