Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

Arizona State University

Job Description

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship
Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering: School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University, Tempe Campus
Open Date

Sep 07, 2022


The School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE) of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship position focused on the reengineering of infrastructure systems in the face of rapid technological, social, and environmental change to meet critical needs of the 21st century and beyond. As an institution, ASU is committed to use-inspired research that can catalyze social change and sustainable futures through deep engagement with its local community.  ASU’s commitment is epitomized in the Charter which states that ASU takes fundamental responsibility for the economic, social and overall health of the local and global community. Existing expertise in SEBE covers all aspects of the natural and built environments, including but not limited to energy futures, transportation, structures and construction, water and air quality, and human health.   

For this fellowship, SEBE is particularly interested in recruiting a scholar who is focused on the design of resilient and adaptive infrastructure systems, with an emphasis on empowering and advancing communities that have historically been under-represented in infrastructure-related higher education and research.  The successful applicant will be expected to have the knowledge and experience necessary to address infrastructure and sustainability questions relevant to issues of disparity faced by Black communities and by communities of Color more broadly. SEBE is committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and is actively developing and participating in programs, policies, and partnerships which enhance access, and confront and address learning disparities. The Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was launched in Fall 2020 to contribute to a national agenda for social justice, which seeks to challenge the status quo by breaking down barriers and building new policies and practices that move communities toward a more just, equitable, and inclusive society. 

Primary job duties will include:

  • Advancing research and developing a research agenda appropriate for a tenure-track academic position. This includes publishing peer-reviewed articles, presenting research at national and international conferences, and pursuing research funding.
  • Pursuing teaching and/or other educational opportunities such as co-teaching, delivery of seminars, or other creative mentoring activities.

SEBE is committed to providing individualized, postdoc-centric mentorship and career development to ensure each candidate is well prepared to succeed in a future tenure track appointment. Once hired, postdoctoral fellows will develop a postdoctoral career development plan with their mentoring team, which will be comprised of a primary mentor and senior faculty members drawn from diverse backgrounds.

The SEBE postdoctoral scholars will join a cohort of 10-15 other postdoctoral scholars as part of the ASU’s Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The goal of the program is to support the career development of outstanding PhD graduates who demonstrate a strong potential for advancing the ASU Charter in a future tenure-track appointment at ASU. All postdoctoral fellowship positions are for an initial one-year appointment. An additional year of post-doctoral fellowship funding and a transition to a tenure-track position after one or two years may be offered, depending on each fellow’s mentoring needs and progress. Prospective tenure-track faculty appointments will require review and approval of the designated unit and college that will serve as the tenure home of the candidate. The fellowship program seeks applicants whose professional preparedness, experience, and accomplishments are informed by experiences working with and within groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields in the United States.


Required qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, construction engineering, sustainable engineering, or construction management and technology, or a closely related field by the start date.
  • Demonstrated potential to achieve national or international recognition in research.
  • Demonstrated evidence of a research agenda committed to advancing principles of the ASU Charter, including diversity, access, and inclusion.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

 Desired qualifications

  • Evidence of the potential ability to publish academic research.
  • Evidence of the potential ability to pursue and secure research funding.
  • Alignment of the candidate’s research agenda with the mission of the School.
  • Evidence of the potential ability to work in transdisciplinary or collaborative teams.

Application Instructions

 Application Instructions and Inquiries

Applications must be submitted via Interfolio at and select “apply now” next to the corresponding position. Candidates will be asked to create or use an existing Interfolio Dossier to submit the following:

  • curriculum vitae
  • letter of interest describing how the applicant meets the qualifications noted above
  • statement addressing how the candidate’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance ASU’s Charter (limited to two pages) *
  • research statement that articulates a scholarly research agenda (limited to two pages)
  • contact information, including email addresses, for a minimum of three references.

*The ASU Charter states, “ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.” The Fulton Schools of Engineering are dedicated to continuous innovation, student success, faculty excellence, and cultivation of an environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive and promotes belonging. The diversity statement provides applicants an opportunity to demonstrate their past and current activities in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion and how future activities will align with upholding the ASU Charter.

Application deadline is November 1, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool, which may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. Inquiries about the positions should be directed to Professor Matthew Fraser at .  

 About Arizona State University

ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university and for nearly two decades, has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. Through its Charter and Design Aspirations, the institution centers inclusion and access as values that drive the enterprise; adopts inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develops innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit .

Application Process
This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
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