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BSP Postdoctoral Fellowship

Position overview

Position title: BSP Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application Window

Open date: October 31, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Black Studies Project (BSP) at UCSD invites applications for 1 or 2 postdoctoral fellows. The position is a 12-month appointment beginning any time after January 1, 2023.

During this time of social unrest, state-sanctioned and vigilante-led violence, health and education inequality, and emergent forms of data-driven and algorithmic bias, Black Studies scholarship remains vitally important. BSP focuses on sustaining faculty and student intellectual life at UCSD, while building active relationships with local organizers, artists, and community groups. As such, we seek a postdoctoral fellow whose work attends to public-facing community work and/or intersections of Black Studies with fields that impact contested framings of public life.

BSP focuses on three areas vital to contemporary African American and African Diaspora Studies: Intersectional Analysis of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality; Transnational and Diasporic Studies; and Social Justice Movements. We look forward to supporting scholars addressing topics in one of the following areas:

• Work grounded in black feminist studies, gender studies, and/or queer studies
• Critical analyses at the intersection of black studies and STEM fields
• Analyses of historical periods pre-1900 that shed light on present-day and/or world-building concerns

The research areas may include fields and disciplines in the Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, or STEM fields with a focus in Black Studies and/or Black communities in the African Diaspora.

Postdoctoral Overview:

• This is a residential postdoctoral fellowship. This position comes with full benefits through the University of California, San Diego, research funds, shared office space and work equipment. The actual appointment salary step will be based on previous postdoctoral experience. For more information on UCSD postdoctoral scholars, please visit
• Together with BSP Directors, the candidate will identify a dedicated mentor with whom they will meet regularly throughout the fellowship.
• Postdoctoral fellows facilitate periodic research workshops and public lectures, and participate in BSP events throughout the year as an active interlocutor.
• The fellow will present their work in a public forum during the fellowship period.
• Teaching potential at the graduate and undergraduate level. The teaching component of the position will be under the lecturer title, (1630/1632)


Basic qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

Must be ABD at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (Required at Time of Start)

Must possess a PhD by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

• A demonstrated scholarly commitment to Black Feminist, Black Intellectual or Black Radical traditions

• Work grounded in black feminist studies, gender studies, and/or queer studies

• Critical analyses at the intersection of black studies and STEM fields

• Analyses of historical periods pre-1900 that shed light on present-day and/or world-building concerns

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Writing Sample of no more than 30 pages - Examples: a dissertation chapter or published article

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required
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Campus Information

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Job location

La Jolla, CA