Cornell University, Mui Ho Center for Cities

Position ID:Cornell-CfC-NSFEQUITABLECITIES [#26700, WDR-00041426]
Position Title: Post-Doctoral Associate in Just and Equitable Cities - Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Community Development
Law / Environmental Law
Architecture / Architecture
Landscape Architecture / Landscape Architecture
Architecture Design (more...)
Appl Deadline:2024/03/01 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2023/11/22, finished 2024/07/16, listed until 2024/05/21)
Position Description:    

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

The Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities (the Center) at The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University (Cornell AAP) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate as part of the Center’s High Impact Initiative on Just and Equitable Cities (

We invite applications from candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. degree no earlier than September 1, 2018, in City Planning, Urban Studies, Urban Design, Architecture, Public Policy, Geography, or a related field. The expected start date for this full-time position is July 1, 2024. As per university academic policy, the initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable up to 2 years, contingent on valid work authorization, available funds, and satisfactory performance.

Cornell AAP is home to nearly 1,000 students, 120 faculty, and 65 staff members who come together from around the world to take up some of today's most urgent challenges and to advance research, inquiry, and innovative approaches to designing, making, and doing that build a more just and sustainable future.

A vital college at one of the nation's foremost research universities, Cornell AAP bridges fields and faculty with five departments, 21 degree programs, 18 faculty-led labs, and the Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities, a platform for building partnerships that make change in our cities and communities both nationally and internationally.

Cornell AAP's departments include Architecture, Art, and Planning, as well as the new multicollege Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate, jointly led by the S.C. Johnson College of Business; the multicollege Department of Design Tech, administered by Cornell AAP in partnership with Cornell Bowers CIS; Cornell Engineering; the College of Human Ecology; and Cornell Tech. The college is housed across three locations — Ithaca, NY; New York City; and Rome, Italy — each with world-class facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

Cornell AAP is about acts of transformation. We are committed to building a caring, inclusive, and rigorous community around our shared priorities — Creative + Critical Practices; Sustainability + Social Impact; Design + Emerging Technologies; and the Future of Cities + Development — that enable us to reimagine and reshape the world in radically new ways, every day.

The Postdoctoral Associate will have the opportunity to align with the most relevant academic department in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning and teach one course per year subject to department needs. The Postdoctoral Associate will be a member of the host department and will be invited to participate in department activities and events.

The ideal candidate would have research, teaching, and practice interests, and some professional experience, related to unjust and exclusionary urban practices that have contributed to rising urban inequality. The scholar might approach topics from the perspective of city planning, urban governance, community and civil society engagement, urban design, architecture to develop place-based, scalable approaches to housing security and/or universal access to safe, reliable, and affordable core urban infrastructure and services. The scholar would be interested in research and practice that contributes to more just, equitable, and livable cities.

The ideal candidate would have strong experience in some of the following areas: quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, geospatial data analysis, urban design, data visualization, and community engagement skills. The Postdoctoral Associate will work closely with the Center Director and staff, AAP faculty associated with the initiative, and the Center’s strategic partners.

We seek applicants with a strong research capacity, the ability to assist with project management and administration tasks, and the ability to teach a course in one of AAP’s academic departments. The Postdoctoral Associate is expected to spend approximately 50% their time working on their own research and teaching and 50% of their time supporting the Center’s Just and Equitable Cities initiative, research, and projects.

Presently, the Center’s work in this area focuses on upgrading informal settlements and the challenge of solid waste management in African cities; however, the Center seeks to build its U.S. work in these areas as well. The Postdoctoral Associate is required to work in person on the Ithaca campus and should be available to travel nationally and internationally up to 30% of the time. The starting salary for this position is $65,000 per year, with a generous benefit package, a moving allowance, and up to $3,000 per year in research allowance.

Eligibility: Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree no earlier than September 1, 2018. Applicants who will complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (including filing the dissertation) before appointment are eligible to apply (in all cases before July 1, 2024). The completion date for the Ph.D. degree cannot in any circumstance be waived or extended.

Required application materials: (to be submitted electronically) (1) a letter of application, including discussion of how you research relates to just, equitable, and inclusive cities; (2) a full curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample (of less than 30 pages); (4) brief descriptions (200 word maximum for each) of 3 courses you are prepared to teach; and (5) the names and contact information of three references.

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Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2024. Final applicants will be invited to campus to give a talk and in-person interviews. Questions about the position or the application process should be addressed to the Director of the Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities at

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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.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities
College of Architecture, Art and Planning
119 Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853