Cornell University, Labor Relations, Law, and History

Position ID:Cornell-Labor Relations, Law, and History-POSTDOCFOW [#24522, WDR-00036009]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate in the ILR Future of Work
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: International Relations
Business / Sustainability
Labor and Employment / Labor and Employment trends, Labor policy, Worker training
Humanities and Social Sciences / History
Salary Range:ILR School will proved $70,000.00 with benefits
Appl Deadline:2023/03/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/03/13, finished 2023/07/06, listed until 2023/09/13)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The ILR School at Cornell University is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate in the ILR Future of Work program beginning in the Fall 2023 semester.  The theme is Agrarian Studies, Climate Change, and the Future of Work.  The postdoctoral associate will work with ILR faculty member Sarah Besky. In addition to working on their own research, the postdoctoral associate is expected to work with Besky to build out programing and an intellectual community around Agrarian Studies in ILR and at Cornell. The teaching load will be no more than 1.5 courses per year.

Postdoctoral Associate is a full-time, academic, non-tenure track, term position with an initial one-year appointment. The position may be extended for second year, depending on available funding and work.

During the period of employment, the postdoctoral associate will focus on publishing out of their own research in conversation with Prof. Besky’s lab group, Agrarian Studio. Agrarian Studio—at present—is a collective of graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars. It is a space to learn and model constructive intellectual engagement and a space for a considering ethnographic writing and practice.

Program Building. The postdoctoral associate will work with Prof. Besky to build Agrarian Studio in the following ways: 1) adding a work-in-progress series for Cornell faculty and visiting speakers; 2) working with international partner institutions on programing; 3) applying for internal and external funding to support Agrarian Studio.

Teaching. The postdoctoral associate will teach during the fellowship period, developing one new course based on their research for ILR students and/or team-teaching with Prof. Besky on her courses.

Collaboration. The postdoctoral associate will work with Prof. Besky to organize a conference on Agrarian Studies, Climate Change, and the Future of Work at Cornell while in this position.

More information about this program can be found on our website:  Future of Work Program

The postdoctoral associate will receive $70,000 in salary as well as a modest research budget and moving allowance.

Applicants should have a PhD in anthropology, geography, labor studies, STS, history or a closely associated field, as well as an active research agenda in agrarian studies, climate change, and work.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance are available for this position.

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Cornell provides great benefits that include educational benefits, access to a plethora of wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options to choose from, generous paid leave provisions and superior retirement contributions.

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Please send a CV, cover letter that describes the applicant’s work on the themes of agrarian studies, climate change, and the future of work, and a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion by MARCH 31, 2023. Letters of recommendation and writing samples will be requested from shortlisted candidates. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. 

This is an academic, full-time, non-tenure track benefits eligible term opportunity located in Ithaca, NY on the campus of Cornell University.

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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Ithaca, NY 14853