Research Justice Shop postdoctoral scholar

Research Justice Shop Newkirk Center for Science & Society

University of California, Irvine

July 2022 - December 2023

Job location: Irvine, CA

About us

The Research Justice Shop (RJS), co-founded in 2018, seeks to transform research practices to be more inclusive by facilitating equitable collaboration between the university and the communities most impacted by our collective social and environmental problems. As such, the RJS contributes to UC Irvine’s aspiration to be a Minority Thriving Institution, a great partner to Orange County’s diverse communities, and at the forefront of interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research.

RJS trains individuals and organizations in research justice and community-based research methods; we consult on and implement community engagement strategies and conduct research projects that use community-based research methods such as participatory action research and photovoice; we also study community-campus partnerships and the pedagogy of engaged scholarship.

The RJS strives to foster a working environment and approach that reflects our values and welcomes and respects multiple perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences including in terms of race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic status, disability, and justice system involvement. RJS is committed to interdisciplinarity; therefore, we encourage applicants from all disciplines to apply. For more information about the Research Justice Shop visit:

About the position

The Research Justice Shop is hiring a postdoctoral scholar focused on the practice, pedagogy, and communication of community-based research. RJS research aims to provide insights into models and practices for community-campus partnerships by asking: what resources, infrastructure, and capacities sustain community-campus partnerships to work across disciplines and support the production of research that both enacts and addresses social and environmental justice and university commitments to serve minoritized populations (e.g. Hispanic, Black, Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander)? RJS pedagogy aims to teach and train scholars at all levels (undergraduate to professors) in the practices that support equitable collaboration between the university and the people most impacted by the problems being studied.

● The postdoctoral scholar will work with RJS co-directors to refine, augment, and implement the RJS graduate student curriculum during the 2022-23 academic year.

● The postdoctoral school will support an RJS faculty engagement study by co-developing and implementing activities and events for faculty interested in developing skills and relationships in

community-based research.

● The postdoctoral scholar will publish articles on community-based research pedagogy and ongoing RJS research in peer-reviewed journals, as well as publishing in practitioner and public facing venues.

● The position is 100% FTE/average 40 hours per week.

To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at

Please include:

(a) a cover letter explaining your relevant background, interest in this project, and your career goals following postdoctoral work, (b) CV, (c) unofficial transcripts (d) one page summary of your doctoral dissertation, (d) one writing sample, and (e) names and contact information of three references (letters may be requested later)

Applicants should combine the cover letter of interest, cv, unofficial transcript, and list of references into a single PDF or Word document and label it as : LastName_FirstName_RJS_PostDoc_Application2022-23.pdf.

Writing sample should be a solo authored piece. It can be a published or unpublished academic paper, or another piece that demonstrates the applicant’s scholarly writing ability.

Questions can be emailed to


Basic qualifications (required at time of hiring)

● Doctoral degree in any discipline by July 1, 2022.

● Professional experience and training in the theory and methods of community-based research

Desired qualifications:

● Detail oriented. Demonstrated ability and experience working independently or commitment to grow in this ability

● Can commit to the position through December 2023.

● Demonstrated ability and experience working as a member of cross-disciplinary team or commitment to grow in this ability

● Preference for applicants who are bilingual/biliterate in English and Spanish

● Professional experience, training in, or strong interest to learning about team science

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,

national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.