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Post-doctoral Fellow - Ph. D. Program in Environmental Psychology

The Graduate Center, CUNY
New York City, New York
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Jan 27, 2022

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Position Title: Post-doctoral Fellow - Ph. D. Program in Environmental Psychology


Job ID: 23253


Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications


Closing Date: Open until filled

The Graduate Center, the principal Ph.D.-granting institution of CUNY, announces a post- doctoral fellowship in Urban Studies, to be housed in the interdisciplinary Environmental Psychology Ph.D. Program. The Marilyn J. Gittell Visiting Professorship/Post-doctoral Fellowship, established in honor of the late Political Science Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, is for a social science Ph.D. working on areas that concerned Marilyn Gittell, especially research focused on cities, urban politics, public policy, democratic and civic engagement, social movements, citizenship and governance, and community practices, both domestically and abroad. This is a 1-year fellowship, with the potential for one 1-year renewal.

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Environmental Psychology program draws upon interdisciplinary as the means to include the many necessary perspectives for understanding the interactions of people and place, while embracing the policy and design disciplines that share our environments--including our built environment, social settings, informational environments, and natural ones.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by August 2022, in Critical Geography, Urban Studies, Anthropology, History, Political Science, Sociology, or a related field.

The goal of the Gittell Post-Doctoral Fellowship program is to prepare researchers committed to understanding and addressing critical issues in community-engaged research, especially in urban settings. The Fellow will be expected to articulate and advance a research agenda based in the legacy of Marilyn Gittell's work and help administer activities sponsored by the Marilyn J. Gittell Endowed Chair in Urban Studies. The Fellow serves in a key leadership and programming position within the Gittell Collective (, based at the Graduate Center, and in the national URBAN research network (

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will report to the Gittell Chair in Urban Studies.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Research (70%): With the guidance from the Gittell Chair in Urban Studies, articulate and advance a research agenda in the legacy of the work of Marilyn J. Gittell. Research training will also include support for travel to meetings related to the trainee's research interests. The Post-Doctoral Fellow may work towards disseminating a recently completed dissertation, and/or begin other research;
  • Program Administration and Leadership (20%): Work closely with the Gittell Chair in Urban Studies, the Post-Doctoral Fellow is responsible for various administrative duties related to the Gittell Collective at the GC and the national URBAN research network. These activities may include administering grant and fellowships, website maintenance, meeting facilitation, conference organizing, etc. This work includes institution-building and leadership in thoughtful visioning, framing, and implementation of Gittell-related programming;
  • Education (10%): Engage in mentorship with Gittell graduate student fellows, and help student fellows acquire skills and knowledge required to conduct independent research and analysis of issues and problems related to urban studies and community-based research. The post-doctoral fellowship does not carry a teaching course load.

CUNY Title Overview:

  • Performs research and assist faculty, staff, and students with their research.
  • Collaborates with internal and external researchers.
  • Seeks funding and writes grant applications, independently and in collaboration with their faculty mentor.
  • Adhere to relevant regulations and ethical conduct standards pertinent to the conduct of their research.
  • Performs statistical analysis and assures validity of data.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Doctoral degree in a related field, obtained within three years of appointment to this position.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by August 2022 in Critical Geography, Urban Studies, Anthropology, History, Political Science, Sociology, or a related field. Candidates who received their Ph.D. in 2019 at the earliest will be considered. Candidates who demonstrate scholarship or achievement, work independently in programming, able to mentor successfully, and able to cooperate with others for the good of the institution are preferred.

How to Apply:

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Equal Employment Opportunity:

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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