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Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Boston University Initiative on Cities

The Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position starting September 1, 2023. This is a one-year appointment with option for renewal. The IOC PDRA will have expertise in urban studies and undertake a research project designed by themselves in relation to an urban issue or challenge in the U.S. and/or abroad. They will be mentored by IOC Director Professor Loretta Lees.

The PDRA will receive early career mentoring in publishing, presentations, and grant writing. They will have the opportunity to be part of the events and programming of the IOC, including our urban seminar series and other programs at Boston University consistent with the PDRA’s interests. The duties of the IOC PDRA will include conducting original research, publishing the research in top-tier journals, presenting the research to academic and non-academic audiences, and more generally, using the research to increase the profile of urban work at the IOC.

This one-year post-doc position will be held at the IOC on the Charles River Campus of Boston University. The annual salary is commensurate with NIH salary/stipend levels. Health benefits are provided.


By the start date, applicants should have a doctorate in urban studies, urban geography, political science, urban sociology, urban anthropology, urban planning, urban public health, urban environmental policy, or a related field. The individual should be able to work proactively and independently and must be comfortable managing competing project activities, deadlines, and outcomes. They also must possess strong communication and collaboration skills and be able to work effectively with University leaders and faculty program directors.

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  1. A CV that includes email contact information for three references.
  2. A cover letter describing reasons for applying for the position and highlighting your research experience/expertise to date (1 page).
  3. A research proposal that includes a title, aims and objectives and/or research question(s), a literature review, a detailed methodology, and a work plan/timetable for one year (not more than 3 pages at 12pt font).
  4. A diversity & inclusion statement that describes the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through the proposed research (1 page). We recognize the value of research and dissemination that broadens the IOC’s capacity to correct historical injustices and address exclusion and discrimination based on class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, citizenship, religion, and physical ability. Applicants are also encouraged to include their personal experiences with diversity and inclusion, including (but not limited to) their experience as a member of an underrepresented group, their engagement with diverse communities, and/or any professional training in diversity and inclusivity.
  5. 1-2 exemplar publications.

Please submit your application via email to Associate Director Stacy Fox at Your submission materials should be combined as a single PDF.

The application deadline is April 1, 2023 by 11:59 PM ET.