Embark on a New Chapter as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University: Apply Now!

Apply for the Postdoctoral Research position at George Mason University

For Full Consideration, Apply by:  March 15, 2024

About the Department:

The Higher Education Program (HEP), located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), prepares students for positions of leadership in teaching, research, and administration at two-year and four-year colleges and universities around the world as well as for positions in associations, government agencies, and industries whose activities relate to or impact higher education. The interdisciplinary, graduate-level curriculum focuses on leadership, the scholarship of teaching and learning, student affairs, administration, technology, and assessment.

About the Position:

Full-time postdoctoral research fellow for a research project sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The research project, titled Advancing Collaborations for Equity in Marine and Climate Sciences (ACE-MCS), examines what processes are employed for developing equity-driven and anti-racist educational collaborations, infrastructures, and pathways in marine and climate science. This research project will investigate the Woods Hole Collaborative Network (WHCN), a multi-organizational collaboration between six predominantly white institutions located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The research team will emphasize Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) storytelling and standpoint centering through qualitative inquiry alongside organizational and historical analysis to develop a replicable and scalable model for equity-centered support in STEM collaborations.

The fellow will be responsible for qualitative data collection and analysis of interviews, network maps, and documents; the development of data visualizations to demonstrate the factors associated with anti-racist organizational networks and collaborations; and will participate in project dissemination. The fellow will assist principal investigators in training and development of doctoral graduate research assistants.

The position requires travel to Woods Hole, MA for six days in the summer to collect data. All other work can be conducted either on the George Mason University Fairfax campus or remotely, if a remote work option is requested and approved.


  • Conduct scientific research for the ACE-MCS project including qualitative data collection, analysis, and management of interviews, network maps, and documents, writing literature reviews, and developing data visualizations to demonstrate the factors associated with anti-racist organizational networks and collaborations; 
  • Writing and presenting results in various formats, including reports and peer-reviewed articles. This may also include communicating research findings to academic peers, practitioners, and policy makers; and
  • Meeting and collaborating with multi-institutional research team to include mentoring and training graduate research assistants on the project.

Required Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in a relevant social science field or discipline, such as higher education, STEM education, sociology, or ethnic
  • Proficiency in qualitative interviewing and qualitative data analysis;
  • Knowledge of critical theories of race and racism (e.g., Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality);
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multi-institutional team environment and demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience designing and conducting critical qualitative social science research;
  • Experience and ability to communicate complex research findings to both academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications;
  • Proficiency in data visualizations;
  • Experience with Dedoose or other computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software;
  • Experience with critical qualitative research and racial equity research in education and/or STEM;
  • Experience with academic publishing, either through individual or collaborative opportunities; and
  • Self-motivated, flexible, and adaptable to changing grant needs.

Instructions to Applicants: 

For full consideration, applicants must apply for Postdoctoral Research Fellow at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and provide a cover letter, CV, research statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Posting Open Date: December 7, 2023

For Full Consideration, Apply by:  March 15, 2024

Open Until Filled?:  Yes

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