Two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Immigrant Latino Youth Adaptation in the Context of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Research Training Program

DU IRISE Post-Doctorate Fellow

The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality or IRISE ( is seeking a two-year postdoctoral research fellow beginning September 1, 2014. We are seeking candidates who are capable of bringing together insights from the disciplines of psychology, education, sociology, social work, public health, or a related field in order to work towards constructing an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the adjustment of Latino immigrant families. The fellow will be housed in the Department of Psychology and the Morgridge College of Education. Drs. Julia Dmitrieva and Omar Gudiño (Psychology) will serve as primary co-mentors for the fellow and Drs. Ryan Evely Gildersleeve (Education) and Sarah Watamura (Psychology) will provide additional mentorship and training opportunities. Faculty members from both departments will provide guidance and support throughout the fellowship.

The IRISE postdoctoral fellowship will provide opportunities to train using large dataset methodology and advanced longitudinal data analysis, qualitative data analysis, and community-engaged research. Depending on the fellow’s interests, his or her research may focus on the following areas: Trajectories of mental health and academic achievement in immigrant youths, immigrant families’ stress exposure, risk/protective factors, and social/cultural influences on academic achievement. In addition to post-dissertation research support, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with mentors toward providing a nucleus for a continued scholarly collaboration, interact with the faculty and graduate students in each of the sponsoring departments and divisions, and receive clerical and research support sufficient to allow the completion of a major research product during his or her time at DU.

The fellow will spend the majority of time engaged in independent research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of departmental faculty members. Fellows will also be expected to be active in the DU community of scholars engaged in research and teaching relating to the study of inequality locally and nationally. Fellows will teach one course in their specialty the first year and two courses in their specialty the second year. The successful candidate will also be expected to attend and contribute to a weekly seminar and support other initiatives of the IRISE, such as promotion of conferences and symposia.

The ideal candidate will have strong methodological training, a record of successful publication in the related field, and a demonstrated interest in research involving Latino immigrant families and/or children. Candidates should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. We do not expect the candidate to have experience in all areas of the fellowship, as training will be provided by the mentors. In addition, because of the value of lived experiences in the investigation and understanding of inequality, we especially encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.


  • PhD in psychology, education, sociology, social work, public health, American Studies, or a related field.
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD by June 30, 2014. Candidates must also be no more than 3 years from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2011).
  • Interest in research involving Latino immigrant families and/or children.
  • Strong methodological training and a record of successful publication in the related field.


  • The appointment term is September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015; however, the initial term may be renewed for an additional year.
  • Teach one advanced undergraduate course in year one and two courses, including an interdisciplinary graduate class, in year two.
  • Participate in a quarterly educational inequities research group and colloquiums for the DU campus as part of the IRISE lecture series.
  • Participate in campus-wide forums exploring questions of compositional diversity and inclusive excellence at DU and the broader academy. Present research findings to interdisciplinary academic audiences and community partners.

The fellowship carries a stipend of $39,264 for the first year and $41,364 for the second year, a professional development and research account, and a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, please complete the on-line application at and attach the following:

  • a letter of application (including a statement of research and teaching interests);
  • a curriculum vitae; and
  • at least three letters of recommendation.

Candidates must apply online to be considered, only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click “New Resume/CV” at the bottom of the page to begin application.

The online application must be completed and submitted no later than 6:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on February 28, 2014. Inquiries about this position can be made to the search co-chairs, Drs. Omar Gudiño ( and Julia Dmitrieva (

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.