Post Doctoral Fellow

University of Utah Health

Job Description

Full job description


Open Date 02/15/2024

Requisition Number PRN37642B

Job Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)

Working Title Post Doctoral Fellow

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

This position will begin on July 1, 2024, and run through June 30, 2026. The position is a 9-month appointment.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00659 - City & Metropolitan Planning

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $50,000-$60,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning ( CMP ) within the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral research and teaching position. This position will begin on July 1, 2024, and run through June 30, 2026. The position is a 9-month appointment at 1.0 FTE .

The successful candidate will participate in multiple grant-funded projects on disaster planning and management under the direct supervision of Dr. Divya Chandrasekhar. Experience in disaster studies and a strong quantitative analysis background are required. The successful candidate will also teach two courses per year in the Master’s and undergraduate programs of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning. Candidates with experience or interest in teaching planning analysis methods and GIS are preferred.

Opportunities will be available for the successful candidate to pursue their research, collaborate on grant writing, publishing, mentor student researchers, and engage with a renowned interdisciplinary hazards research community through the NSF -funded WIRED Global Center (an interdisciplinary U.S.-Canada research center on energy and climate resilience), and the C- CIES (an interdisciplinary research center focused on improving earthquake awareness and resilience). The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to engage with multiple local, state, and national agencies in the field of disaster planning through existing and upcoming collaborative research grants.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a candidate to network with a wide range of interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners, and to develop a highly collaborative research program that can launch their independent career.

Additionally, the successful candidate will join a dynamic group of engaged faculty members who are recognized leaders in their fields and highly value collaboration and collegiality. This person will also benefit from the University of Utah’s strong commitment to sustainability and interdisciplinary initiatives. The Department’s BA/BS undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology focuses on exploring the interrelationships among social, environmental, and economic systems, aiming to enhance the vitality and sustainability of places and communities. The Urban Ecology degree is also taught at the Utah Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea. The Master of City and Metropolitan Planning ( MCMP ) is an accredited professional degree emphasizing ecological resiliency, smart growth, and social justice through effective communication, collaboration, and innovation. The Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design is a research-focused program. The department also offers a Master of Real Estate Development (with School of Business) and Graduate Certificates in Urban Design, Community Engaged Practices, and Real Estate Development. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning is committed to building a diverse intellectual community and encourages applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different-sex domestic partners. This institution offers benefits to spouses.

About the University

The University of Utah (the U) is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, with 18 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs, and an enrollment of more than 32,000 students. In 2019, the University joined the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only, prestigious group of 65 leading research institutions marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success, and securing resources in support of core missions, which are focused on serving the increasingly diverse student population at the U. In Fall 2021, domestic students of color accounted for more than 30% of the undergraduate population—up from 18% in 2009.

The U is in Salt Lake City, one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing—economically and culturally—metropolises in the U.S. The city is uniquely situated to offer unmatched outdoor and exciting urban experiences, with mountain vistas only a few steps away and vast red-rock desert landscapes within reach of a scenic afternoon drive. Additionally, the Utah Asia Campus was established in 2014 and is in Songdo International Business District in South Korea. Students attending the Utah Asia Campus find the same world-class U.S. academic experience offered at the campus in Salt Lake City.

At the U, you’ll find world-class research, education, and clinical care complemented by a lively social, cultural, and athletic campus experience. An unparalleled spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and community service has enabled the U to innovate across fields, pioneer new programs with social impact, generate path-breaking discoveries, fuel critical research, and inspire innovative approaches to education.

The U strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care while making social, economic, and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, the nation, and the world. The U’s reputation for excellence draws top-tier faculty and attracts motivated students nationally and internationally. Students bring diverse experiences and outlooks – representing traditional and nontraditional students alike – thereby enhancing the U’s exceptional educational experience.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research in collaboration with Dr. Divya Chandrasekhar.

  • Engage in quantitative analysis of existing datasets on disaster planning and recovery collected as part of grant-funded, collaborative projects on disaster relocation and nonprofit recovery capacity and small business mitigation and recovery ;

  • Assist in writing and publishing of research results;

  • Provide grant-writing support for interdisciplinary proposals to national-level funding organizations;

  • Teach two courses per academic year in the Master’s and undergraduate programs of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, preferably within the topics of planning analysis methods and GIS .

  • Participate in faculty governance at the department, college, and university levels.

Opportunities for Career Development:

  • A chance to build your research agenda, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and expand your professional network;

  • Grant-writing experience with different types and levels of funding agencies;

  • Front-seat exposure to managing grant projects with big budgets and large teams;

  • Mentorship from a highly supportive, collaborative and friendly faculty community;

  • Engagement with a highly diverse and interdisciplinary research community in the field of hazards research and disaster planning;

  • Critical teaching experience in a well-regarded urban planning program; and

  • Experience with undergraduate and graduate student mentorship and advising, if desired.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. by the time of their appointment.

  • Ph.D. in urban planning, geography, public administration, or other social science disciplines.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in disaster studies.

  • Expertise in quantitative analysis techniques, including statistical modeling.

  • Teaching experience at the university level.

  • Peer-reviewed research and grant writing experience.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Qualified Applicants must submit:

  • A letter of intent including research and teaching interests;

  • Curriculum vitae;

  • A statement of teaching philosophy;

  • Two writing samples, which may include dissertation chapters, journal articles, book chapters, and works-in-progress

  • Names and contact information of three references (with phone, mail, and email addresses).

References will not be contacted prior to receiving the candidate’s consent to contact. Candidates may be asked to provide additional information during the search process.

All materials should be uploaded via

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

EEO /Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA).

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information: This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

To inquire about this posting, email: ) or call 801-581-2300.

*Please mention you saw this ad on PhdJobs.*

Apply Now

Be Seen By Recruiters at the Best Institutions

Create a FREE Profile to be Seen!

Want to stand

Phd Hiring Begins Here.®