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University of Alaska Fairbanks Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative

Date Posted: 14 Dec 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Closing date: The initial review of applications will begin on 1 March 2018 and will continue until all available postdoctoral positions have been filled.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Land, Sea, and Space Grant institution and the world’s leading arctic research university, invites applications for post-doctoral positions. The Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative seeks to attract outstanding, early career scientists, scholars, or artists, who will engage in research or creative expression relevant to Alaska, the circumpolar north, or other UAF research priorities.

Each recipient should pursue his or her own research interests in association with a faculty sponsor in such a way that it will benefit the research of both the postdoc and the faculty sponsor. Each award recipient will be provided with office space in close proximity to the faculty sponsor and will share laboratory space with that sponsor (if needed) throughout the award period. Recipients are expected to author papers for peer review as well as collaborate with the sponsor and potentially, other university researchers and/or a private or public sector partner.

Recipients of awards may initiate their study and research period upon hire completion. Recipients of the awards will receive an annual salary of $60,000 ($90,000 total, for an 18-month duration). Post-docs can extend their term of employment by securing additional funding, which could be in collaboration with faculty (some faculty sponsors may already have additional funding). All appointees are eligible for the benefits received by full-time term faculty. Three to four awards per year are anticipated during this multi-year recruitment process. Scholars are chosen through a highly competitive process. As such, these appointments will carry special recognition.

Each recipient should pursue his or her own research interests in association with a faculty sponsor in such a way that it will benefit the research of both the postdoc and the faculty sponsor. Each award recipient will be provided with office space in close proximity to the faculty sponsor and will share laboratory space with that sponsor (if needed) throughout the award period. Communication with a potential UAF sponsor or sponsors prior to submitting an application is required.

Qualifications

To be eligible, applicants must have received their doctoral degree within the past 5 years at the time of application. As a condition of the award, successful applicants must be able to present a certified copy of their diploma or a certified letter from the appropriate university official stating that they have completed all of the requirements for their degree. Successful applicants must have completed their final thesis and have co-authored at least two peer-reviewed publications based on original research, or have equivalent accomplishments in a creative or scholarly discipline, prior to being offered their UAF Centennial Postdoctoral appointment. Publications may be ‘in press.” Applicants do not need to have received their degree prior to applying, as long as the above requirements are met prior to appointment offer. It is also expected that candidates will have a command of the English language.

To Apply

Key attributes of successful applications include the following: (i) an identified faculty sponsor (ii) a well-defined project idea developed in collaboration with the sponsor and potentially, other university researchers and/or a private or public sector partner; and (iii) evidence that the applicant has strong potential for a successful research career. Evidence of research success can include peer-reviewed publications or other products as well as letters of support. Verification of ongoing or past collaborations are encouraged and may include the private-sector, public-private partnerships or state agencies as well as university and federal research organizations.

Applicants who wish to conduct research on topics of general interest to one or more of the departments are encouraged to contact individual faculty directly prior to submitting the application. Information about the potential faculty sponsors and their research can be found by visiting the following department and institute links:

The following schools and colleges are also eligible to host Centennial post-doctoral scholars:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Education (transitioning to a Division of Education within a College)
  • School of Management
  • College of Rural and Community Development
The following are required for the application:
  • A current CV or resume that shows the applicant’s educational background, research and work experiences, publications and other scholarly activities;
  • A concise statement (no longer than two pages single-spaced) that (i) describes the applicant’s research interests, focusing on those that the applicant would like to pursue at UAF, (ii) addresses how the planned research creates opportunities for collaborations including within University of Alaska campuses and/or between UAF and the private sector, (iii) identifies how the proposed research complements the faculty sponsor’s research program, and (iv) outlines more general career plans and how a postdoctoral position at UAF would complement the applicant’s existing experience and future goals;
  • A confidential letter of support from the UAF faculty sponsor addressing the applicant’s qualifications and how the applicant’s research would complement the faculty member’s research program (The applicant must ask the sponsor to submit the letter to UAF HR directly. UAF will not contact the references to request letters.);
  • A brief synopsis of the applicant's doctoral dissertation (one-page abstract); 
  • Three confidential recommendation letters, which may include a letter of support or collaboration outlining the relevance of the proposed research for the private sector or private-public partnerships. (The applicant must ask the reference writers to submit the letters to UAF HR directly. UAF will not contact the references to request letters.)
  • Preference will be given to applicants with multi-institutional/multidisciplinary experience.
Guidance for Confidential External Reference Writers:
Letters of Recommendation are a key factor in the UAF Centennial Postdoctoral decision. We recognize the considerable time and thought required of professionals in providing letters of recommendation for postdoctoral fellows. We anticipate the UAF selection process will be very competitive and rigorous. It is helpful if the letter of recommendation provides an indication of the relative ranking of the candidate within his/her peer group. The following information should be included in the reference letters:
  • How long and in what capacity do you know this candidate?
  • What is the potential for the applicant to succeed in research?
  • How does this candidate approach challenges? Give an example if possible.
  • Would you hire this candidate?
Guidance for Faculty Sponsor Confidential letter:
  • Faculty sponsor letter should describe how the applicant’s research plan benefits and complements the faculty sponsor’s research program.
  • Describe departmental support in regards to facilities, supplies, equipment and travel.
The initial review of applications will begin on 3/1/2018 at 11:59 pm Alaska Standard Time and will continue until all available postdoctoral positions have been filled.
 
Awards will be made on a competitive basis to recent recipients (within the five years) of Ph.D. degrees. A multi-disciplinary group is reviewing applications for final selection. Alaska is one of the most diverse states in the nation with the highest ratio of Indigenous people per capita. UAF is committed to reflecting this diversity within our ranks of researchers and we specifically encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7194 or 907-474-7999. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UAF Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

UAF Campus is a tobacco-free campus. For more information, please go to http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

 
 
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