Postdoctoral Scholar in Psychology - Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center

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Salary range: The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table(s) for the salary scale(s) for this position The current minimum salary range for this position is $60,000-$71,952. Salaries above the minimum may be offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: June 1, 2023

Position duration: 2 year appointment, with a possibility of renewal.


Open date: February 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Mar 10, 2023 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: Monday, May 1, 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.


The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a postdoctoral scholar employee to affiliate and work in conjunction with the Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity (RISE) Center (housed at the University of Michigan). This position is located at Berkeley. The aims of the Center are bold—to re-imagine and re-create how mainstream U.S. culture engages with narratives about Indigenous Peoples. We are working toward a society in which all individuals not only learn about Indigenous Peoples but also learn from Indigenous Peoples. Our mission is three-fold: 1) To conduct rigorous multidisciplinary research centering Indigenous Peoples’ voices and experiences; 2) To build, support, and sustain a multi-university pipeline of Indigenous scholar-activists; 3) To put research into action by working with artists and activists who use the Center’s research to propagate accurate, expansive, and empowering narratives of Indigenous Peoples.

We seek a postdoctoral scholar employee who is ready to jump in and collaborate with a growing team of scholar-activists. The postdoctoral scholar employee will work on a robust line of interdisciplinary, multi-university research projects focused on creating narrative change for Indigenous Peoples. Research in the Center is conducted using a hierarchical team-based mentoring model. The applicant should be passionate about translating research into social action and working flexibly across disciplines and sectors to create societal change. The post-doctoral scholar will play an active role in mentoring junior scholars while also collaborating with and learning from peers and senior scholars in diverse disciplines. The ideal applicant will be well-versed in empirical research, in an empirical social science or humanities discipline, have a strong knowledge of diverse research methodologies, designs, and implementations, and data analysis skills. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, especially those from Indigenous backgrounds and/or a strong record of research with Indigenous Peoples. This is an ideal position for a recent PhD graduate with an interest in collaborative, multidisciplinary work focused on social justice.
Duties. The post-doctoral research fellow will be an active member of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, artists and activists working to create narrative change for Indigenous Peoples. Their primary responsibilities will include research, mentoring, and professional activities.

● Collaborate with senior personnel to design, implement, and supervise research on Indigenous narrative change;
● Analyze, interpret, and summarize qualitative and quantitative data using a variety of statistical tools;
● Communicate research findings via peer-reviewed manuscripts and lay-oriented written products (e.g., opinion essays; toolkits for educators or policymakers);
● Collaborate with the social action team to conceptualize and design narrative change initiatives and products based on the Center’s research;
● Write research proposals and apply for funding from federal and state agencies as well as non-profit organizations; and
● Report to funders regarding research progress and findings.
● Train and mentor graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate students.
Professional Activities:
● Participate in academic conferences and present ongoing work and findings;
● Carry out peer reviews of scientific publications and research proposals as appropriate;
● Attend relevant seminars and workshops within or outside of the academy;
● Stay up to date with new developments in narrative change research and social action


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD or equivalent international degree or enrolled in a PhD program or equivalent international degree program at the time of application

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

-PhD or equivalent international degree
-Up to three (3) years of post PhD experience

Preferred qualifications

● Data collection and analysis experience, preferably with both youth and adults;
● Experience with secondary, lab, and/or field research;
● Strong command of diverse research methodologies, including qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies;
● Familiarity with data analysis platforms (e.g., R, SPSS, SAS,
MPLUS), survey platforms (e.g., Qualtrics), and Microsoft Office programs;
● Advanced statistical skills are preferred (e.g., multilevel modeling, path analysis, multivariate statistics);
● Strong written and oral communication skills in both academic and lay contexts;
● Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and excellence in the academic community;
● Evidence of positive mentoring experiences and successful collaborations with senior and junior team members;
● Knowledge of Indigenous cultures and/or experience working with Indigenous Peoples;
● Eagerness and initiative to learn new research skills;
● Demonstrated research interests and experiences aligned with the Center’s work.


Document requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements

  • 2-4 required (contact information only)

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Date de candidature
2 years (renewable)
Humanités : Anthropologie & Ethnologie
Sciences sociales : Psychologie et sciences cognitives, Sciences de l'information et de la communication, Sociologie