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Apply now for the Research Associate full-time position for the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, to work with the Executive Director. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 11th, 2019.

Job ID # 20960


- Conducts academic research in connection with CUNY programs; may assist faculty, staff, and students in conducting research and lead research efforts involving others.

- Develops research plans and proposals and participates in acquiring funding

- Collects, analyzes, and assures validity of data

- Writes progress reports; writes and publishes findings

- Collaborates with internal and external colleagues

- Adheres to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties


Research Associate




The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The GC seeks a Research Associate for the Center for the Humanities who will report to the Executive Director.

Note: The role is funded from a Wellcome Trust grant and will be required in addition to report directly to members of the Wellcome Culture and Society Directorate team by arrangement. This position will be referred to locally as The Wellcome Mental Health Curatorial Research Fellow and the successful candidate will be required to take a multidisciplinary approach to their research and curatorial work on mental health in New York City, a timely issue that the Wellcome will be seeking to highlight through imaginative co-production in several world cities. The fellow’s primary role in this regard will be as curatorial connector for Wellcome in New York.

Duties include but are not limited to:

- Develops external partnerships across the city with partner organizations on the theme of mental health in New York City investigating potential archives, collections and institutions that could provide a focus for transdisciplinary research.

- Develops research plans and proposals; conducts archival research, develops concept documents, writes summarizing texts and progress reports as well as develops programming and educational outreach initiatives.

- Assists in developing interdisciplinary methods and processes between and across the Arts and Sciences on a mental health theme including researching and applies for grants and developing the Center’s existing relationships with funders.

- Explores crossover and hybrid experimental curatorial possibilities utilizing original creative work, events, and public programming and works on related research projects with graduate students.

- Serves as connector across participant spaces and places, developing creative new links with international city partners as the project develops including making related contributions to the Center’s social media presence.

- Conducts academic research associated with the Center’s Arts and Science work; assists faculty, staff, and students in conducting research associated with this aspect of the Center's work.

- Contributes to the intellectual life of the Graduate Center by arranging lectures and conferences on the Center's arts and sciences work including convening a workshop in 2020 at the GC for Wellcome Trust staff and project stakeholders on a global mental health theme with a specific New York City focus.

- Adheres to standards for safety, hygiene, and ethical conduct as defined by the University and relevant outside parties.

- Performes other research related duties as assigned.


Doctoral Degree in a related field and demonstrated research ability.


A preferred candidate should have:

- Familiarity with Wellcome’s mission and practices and capability to initiate and spearhead innovative models of cultural production.

- Experience of working on interdisciplinary themed exhibitions exploring complex global issues through local collaboration.

- A proven record of collaborating with institutional partners, exhibition designers, and artists from inception to delivery stages.

- Strong research, analytical, and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills, and the ability to identify problems and recommend strategic solutions.

- An understanding of and ideally experience in a range of research methods including interviews, archival research, and cultural geography.

- Excellent project management skills, with the ability to multi-task and to meet deadlines.

- Ability to organize and execute exhibitions and events.

- Ability to work Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

- Ability to work occasional weekends and/or evenings.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


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September 11, 2019 by 11:59pm


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.