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Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship - Indigenous Knowledge Systems for the Anthropocene

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: School of Life Sciences Administration and Faculty


Tempe, AZ, United States

Open Date

Feb 12, 2024


The Schools of Life Science, Earth and Space Exploration, and Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University (ASU)—collectively as part of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences—invite applications for two Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow positions in Indigenous Knowledge Systems integrated with research in any area of life, environmental, social, or Earth science related to global change. Global change has resulted in alterations in climate, biodiversity, health, and well-being, affecting local to global ecosystems and human communities. This invitation recognizes that the contributions of Indigenous Knowledge Systems to sustainability, resilience, placemaking, and relationship to Earth systems are essential for creating more holistic, long-term solutions to the pressing global problems of the Anthropocene.

Two Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow positions, with an anticipated start date in the 2024-2025 academic year, will be appointed within the unit appropriate to their research experience and interests. Fellows will conduct research in an area of Earth systems science, broadly defined as the complex and interrelated physical, biological, and human interactions across the land, ocean, and atmosphere. Fellows’ research will be done through an Indigenous Knowledge Systems lens, toward “two-eyed seeing”—to “learn to see from one eye with the best in our Indigenous ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the best in the Western (or mainstream) ways of knowing ... and learn to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all” (Elder Albert Marshall, Mi'kmaq Nation).

Fellows will bring life experiences and expertise that promote diverse representation in target research areas and questions that directly impact Indigenous communities. Fellows will develop independent research programs in collaboration with a faculty mentorship team in one or more of the schools, including production of relevant scholarly products and mentoring of students in research. Fellows are also expected to engage with other fellows in building a peer mentoring community and forwarding the ASU Charter mission of inclusive excellence. We seek applicants and nominations from those who have experience teaching, mentoring, and developing research in ways that effectively address the unique challenges of Indigenous scholars.

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended to support the career development of outstanding Ph.D. recipients with great potential for advancing the ASU Charter through a future tenure-track appointment at ASU. The postdoctoral scholars selected will join a cohort of ~20 other postdoctoral scholars at ASU as part of the Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The program seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within Indigenous and other groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. Where pools of qualified applicants are strong, priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate, through prior actions and achievements, intentional and actioned commitment to inclusive excellence. Examples of such contributions are research, teaching, mentorship, service or creative activity focused on empowering underserved populations that increases equitable access and inclusion in fields where historically excluded populations are underrepresented.

The Schools of Life Sciences, Earth and Space Exploration, and Human Evolution and Social Change all have committed to provide individualized mentorship and career development to ensure each candidate is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure-track appointment. Career development and community building will also occur through programmatic support at the ASU Graduate College’s Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

About Arizona State University

ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university that for two decades has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit http://www.asu.edu.


Successful candidates will engage in scholarly research and may be asked to perform duties common to academic personnel, including grant proposal writing and teaching.

Minimum qualifications

  • A PhD or equivalent advanced degree in the biological, social, or Earth sciences, or an interdisciplinary degree at the intersections of these fields (e.g., environmental science), with degree expected by time of appointment
  • Demonstration of the ability to conduct research in the candidate’s area of expertise
  • Evidence of strong communication skills, and the ability to disseminate scholarly findings in peer-reviewed publications
  • Experiences, and/or expertise in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service, that incorporate Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Desired qualifications

  • Experiences, and/or expertise in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service, that address disparities faced by Indigenous communities
  • Experiences, and/or expertise that demonstrate the ability to community build, and to support graduate and undergraduate students in ways consistent with the ASU Charter and Design Aspirations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in research
  • Demonstrated potential for leadership in scholarly activities, professional activities, communication, and outreach

This position is located at the Arizona State University at the Tempe campus. Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships are full-time, academic year positions; salary is based upon qualifications and appointment must be within five years of the Ph.D. Individuals employed as Postdoctoral Fellows may not hold multiple, non-benefits eligible appointments at Arizona State University. All Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are for one year. Options for an additional one or two years of funding or a transition to a tenure-track position may be offered, depending on each Fellow’s progress and training needs. Faculty tenure-track appointments will require a process of review within the designated tenure home unit.

Application Instructions

Applications can be submitted online via https://apply.interfolio.com/140334. Application materials should include a Curriculum Vitae; a letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications noted above; and contact information for three references including email addresses. Application deadline is March 13, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after that date on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Inquiries can be directed to search committee chair, Nancy Grimm (nbgrimm@asu.edu).