Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associates

The Department of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana invites applications for two Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associates. These are one-year appointments with a start date of August 16, 2023. The associates are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment (August 2023–May 2024). They are also expected to give a presentation on their research project and to teach one of the department’s regularly offered undergraduate courses. The associates will be housed in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but will also be provided opportunities to build a supportive on-campus community with the associates from African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies.


The candidate must have attained a Ph.D. after August 15, 2018. Individuals working toward a Ph.D. will be considered, but the dissertation must be defended and deposited prior to August 15, 2023. The primary focus of the successful candidates’ research must be U.S. Latinas/os/xs, broadly constructed. We seek postdoctoral scholars who advance the necessary work of feminist, queer/trans, anti-racist, hemispheric (i.e. Americas), transnational, postcolonial, and decolonial theoretical perspectives. We are open to all approaches to scholarship in Latinx Studies, broadly conceived, with a special interest in scholars working in Afro-Latinx Studies, Indigenous Studies, Caribbean Studies, Disability Studies, Literary Studies, Political Science, Education, and/or Environmental Justice. Creative, non-traditional, and experimental research from all disciplines and interdisciplines are eligible and will be considered.

We also welcome and encourage applicants who have had non-traditional pathways to academia, including taking time off to care for loved ones, single parenting / guardianship, and individuals who have excelled in the arts, community organizing and advocacy, or professional service.

The strength of the department can only be enhanced by scholars, staff, and faculty who are committed to continuing to transform the world through the ethics of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

These are external appointments. Current University of Illinois faculty members and graduate students at the Urbana-Champaign campus are not eligible to apply. Scholars who received their Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are also not eligible for these appointments.

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.

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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Application Procedures and Deadline Information

For complete details visit College of LAS: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Latina/Latino Studies. To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at and submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Statement of the research/writing project to be undertaken during the appointment (5 pages double-spaced maximum).
  • Graduate transcripts (Copies are requested at time of submission; official copies will be requested from finalists at a later date).

To be considered, applications must be submitted by the new extended deadline of Monday, January 16, 2023 by 6:00 pm CST. Additional materials, including a scholarly writing sample (25 pages maximum) and letters of reference may be requested at a later date. Candidates who have not yet completed their Ph.D. at the time of application, one of these contacts must be from the chair of the dissertation committee who can address the likelihood of completion by the starting date of the position. 

Complete applications received by January 16, 2023 will receive full consideration. For further information, contact the search committee chair, Nic Flores, ( or visit the department’s website at

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

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Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing