Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Opportunity at NYU

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 10:45

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development,  New York University (2016-2017)


The Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at NYU invites applications from outstanding candidates for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The position is within the Food Studies Program. It is available for one year, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year (contingent on availability of funding). Candidates must have received a PhD within the last five years, with potential for outstanding research in an area aligned with the department’s work as specified below:



1. Advance the field of Food Studies

                ▪ expand the boundaries of the field

                ▪ demonstrate the importance of Food Studies for other disciplines

                ▪ advance the profile of Food Studies within NYU

                ▪ strengthen networks with other Food Studies or relevant departments elsewhere


2. Emphasis will be placed on the cultural elements of Food Studies

▪ historical, modern and critical cultural, sociological, geographical, and anthropological approaches will be prioritized


3. While not a requirement, selection will reward candidates whose work addresses local-global connections, particularly in urban centers

                ▪ boundary crossing and exchange (intra and inter-ethnic, international, etc.)

                ▪ global circulations of people, ideas, and products

                ▪ city geographies, demographics, and food environments


4. Particular attention will be paid to candidates whose work merges aesthetic/cultural and economic/material dimensions

▪ and projects that engage seriously with taste, pleasure, and identity alongside issues of regulation, transportation, commercialization, or other biophysical aspects of food production and consumption

·   candidates who can show competency in using mapping software and have affinity for the digital humanities (e.g. in CartoDB, Omeka, etc.) 



Fellows will be expected to:

▪ Continue research and expand their contribution to the field of Food Studies while at NYU

-publish in appropriate academic journals

-present in appropriate academic conferences

▪ Play an active role in the Program, Department, broader NYU and Food Studies community

-present their research formally at least once during the year (ideally once per semester, in different formats and with different audiences)

-attend and participate regularly in relevant talks within the department and beyond

-nurture relationships with students and faculty

▪ Teach one or two courses in a year (to be determined in discussion with the Chair and the Program Director)

▪ Support the program for relevant initiatives (such as grant writing, aiding in partnership development and organizing colloquia).


Applicants must send: 1) CV (2-pages maximum), 2) three reference letters (to be sent directly to and, 3) a statement (2 pages) describing a one-year research plan.


The application package should be sent to and (electronic submission of one complete PDF file is required). The deadline for submission is February 15th  2016. If the search is successful the term will begin September 2016.

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