Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Gender & Women's Studies

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate position in transgender studies for the 2023-2024 academic year. This is a one-year appointment with a start date of August 16, 2023, eligible for renewal for a second year. The postdoctoral research associate is expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment (August 2023 – May 2024). The program provides a close working relationship with faculty in GWS and related departments, and assistance in furthering the postdoctoral research associate’s development as a productive scholar. The postdoctoral research associate will give a public presentation on their research project and will teach one of the department’s regularly offered undergraduate courses. Research areas could include but are not limited to: ecology and environmental studies; settler colonialism and Indigeneity; or arts and cultural production, including practice-based scholarship.


Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required. Applicants must have completed all degree requirements by August 15, 2023. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed their degree in the past five years. Applicants’ primary research focus must be in transgender studies.

Salary and Appointment Information

The postdoctoral research associate's salary for the 2023-2024 academic year is $47,500, including a comprehensive benefits package. A research budget of $5,000 will be provided; an additional research budget of $5,000 will be provided if renewed for a second year.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and submit the following materials: cover letter of application, curriculum vitae, substantive description of the research project to be undertaken during the fellowship (2 pp.), and sample of scholarly writing (20-30 pp.) and/or creative portfolio including artist statement. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date For candidates who have not yet completed their degree at the time of application, one of these letters must be from the chair of the dissertation committee addressing the likelihood of completion by the starting date of the fellowship.

Employee benefits are competitive and include those in recognized marriages or civil unions (for same-sex and different-sex partners). Please reference:

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Complete applications received by January 20, 2023 will receive full consideration. For further information, contact the search committee chair Toby Beauchamp ( or visit the department’s website at

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Requisition ID: 1013658
Job Category: Research
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