The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar specializing in urban ethnography. We are particularly interested in individuals committed to building a deep scientific understanding of cities and processes of urbanization around the world, and researchers developing innovative methods and practices in urban contexts. We are looking for candidates with evidence of active and innovative scholarship as manifest in an ambitious research agenda and/or methodological innovation.


This postdoctoral scholar will be appointed a faculty mentor in the Department of Sociology. Postdoctoral Scholarships are full-time appointments typically for two years. The fellow will be required to teach one five-week intensive undergraduate course over the summer between June and July each year.

Salary and benefits costs are shared between the Mansueto Institute and the scholar’s home department.

Benefits and Expectations

This Postdoctoral Scholar will enjoy:

* the freedom to pursue their own original research and projects;

* a discretionary budget for research expenses and relocation costs;

* interdisciplinary career development, mentorship and support.

As part of their professional development, fellows are expected to:

* Have a presence on campus;

* Actively interact and collaborate with other researchers, faculty and students at the University and beyond, preferably in multi-disciplinary teams;

* Giving two public talks, lectures, or performances on campus in the course of the academic year.


This Postdoctoral Scholar will receive a yearly salary of $65,000/year, with benefits but less any deductions required by federal, state or University regulations.

Selection Criteria:

This Postdoctoral Scholarship is an academic appointment housed in the Department of Sociology. These Applicants are required to hold a PhD by the start date.

Applications will be submitted to Meredith Clason, Faculty Affairs Administrator in the Department of Sociology at Applications must include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae 3) 3 letters of recommendation; 3) a research statement including concrete descriptions of future plans for research and teaching; 4) one or more recently published chapters, articles, or dissertation chapters. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled or the search has ended. Appointments will begin June 1, 2019.