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Postdoctoral Scholar - Community and Labor Center

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table The salary range for this position is $55,632-$66,600.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: March 1, 2023
Position duration: 1 year

Application Window

Open date: January 24, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Feb 7, 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: Wednesday, Dec 6, 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.

Position description

The University of California, Merced Community and Labor conducts research and education on issues of community, labor and the environment. It is a public institution located in the eight-county San Joaquin Valley region, with an emphasis on applied research and public education, building civic capacity and serving the most disadvantaged residents in the region and beyond.

The University of California, Merced Community and Labor Center is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar Employee to conduct research and to collaborate on center projects. Research will primarily focus on examining San Joaquin Valley agricultural policy, labor, and civic participation. Center projects will consist of applied research in labor and the environment, and as well as public education such as giving community lectures, hosting workshops, panels and forums.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

Ph.D. in sociology, education, or other closely related social, behavioral, or developmental science fields

Preferred qualifications

Experience utilizing diverse methodologies (e.g. comparative-historical methods, qualitative interviews, policy analysis, etc.)
Experience with community engagement
Experience conducting public education targeting low-income workers and residents
Experience convening community-based organizations
Experience working with labor unions

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA