Postdoc, DEI work in Geosciences – University of Oklahoma

Seeking Postdoc for GEOSCIENCE Diversity Project     

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work with a diverse team of geoscientists, geoengineers, and social scientists on an NSF-funded project aimed at to identifying, empowering, and rewarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) champions within the geosciences by aligning hiring, promotion, award, and other evaluation systems with institutional and community goals to promote diversity and inclusion within the Geosciences. The postdoc will work with the proposal team to analyze survey and interview data investigating faculty motivations to engage in DEI work and how DEI efforts fit within evaluation, tenure, promotion, and award frameworks. 

 Key Responsibilities: 

  • Assist the project team in collecting demographic data from geoscience departments 
  • Work collaboratively with a social science PhD student to analyze both quantitative and qualitative data to assess faculty attitudes on the value of DEI work and identify barriers to engaging in and rewarding DEI efforts.
  • Collaborate with the proposal team and expert DEI consultants to develop example evaluation and reward structures that explicitly value DEI work that can be adopted/adapted by other geoscience departments.
  • Prepare reports, lead publications, and present the work at national conferences. 

This is an 18-month postdoc. We expect the postdoc to spend 0.75 FTE working on this project, with the remaining 0.25 FTE available to pursue other research interests.  Compensation includes $50,000 salary/year and health insurance coverage, as well as paid time off and other benefits, including access to NCFDD professional development programs.We are open to flexible work arrangements, including a possible remote postdoc. 


  • Earned PhD by January 2022
  • Demonstrated knowledge about the challenges and assets specific to faculty and students with diverse identities, backgrounds, and/or cultures. 
  • Strong writing, organization, facilitation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work under minimal supervision and as part of a team


  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in STEM
  • Experience with Qualtrics or other survey platforms
  • Experience analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data. 
  • Experience writing peer reviewed publications within an interdisciplinary team

To apply, please email a letter of interest describing your knowledge of and commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the Geosciences, your additional research interests, and qualifications for the position; 2) your current CV; and 3) contact information for three potential references. Please direct questions and application materials to project PI Dr. Megan Elwood Madden ( The first review date is December 1, 2021.

The University of Oklahoma, located 20 miles south of Oklahoma City in Norman, is the Carnegie- ranked Very High Research Activity [R1] flagship university in the state. Oklahoma is home to 39 tribal nations, each of which has a distinctive culture, history, and government.  We acknowledge that the history of the university and the state represents settler colonialism and remains in tension with what we now understand about the lands that were proclaimed “unassigned” and opened for white settlement in 1889. In line with our commitments to diversity, inclusion, access and equity we strongly encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented or marginalized communities. 

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by embracing each person’s unique contributions, background and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma recognizes that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission. This enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty and staff and for the communities we engage.  The University of Oklahoma in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulationsdoes not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures

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