The University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning Postdoctoral Program is pleased to announce the availability of a postdoctoral research appointment for a period of one year. This position is renewable up to one additional year pending availability of funds and successful performance review. A postdoctoral scholar will focus primarily on implementing research projects, grant writing, and publishing. In addition, the postdoc will teach one course per semester (3 per year-fall, spring, summer) within the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. The ideal candidate will be able to enhance and extend the research agenda of the Metropolitan Research Center.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of engaged faculty members who are recognized leaders in their fields and place a high value on collaboration and collegiality. This person will also benefit from the strong commitment of the University of Utah to issues of sustainability and interdisciplinary initiatives. The Department’s BA/BS undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology focuses on exploring the interrelationships among social, environmental and economic systems, with an aim toward enhancing the vitality and sustainability of places and communities. The Urban Ecology degree is also taught at the Utah Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea. The Master of City and Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) is an accredited professional degree with an emphasis on ecological resiliency, smart growth, and social justice through effective communication, collaboration, and innovation. The Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design is research-focused with a 100% success rate in placing graduates in tenure-track or postdoc positions. The department also offers a Master of Real Estate Development (with School of Business) and Graduate Certificates in Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at

The University of Utah, a Research I university and the flagship institution of the state higher education system, is located in Salt Lake City, which is ranked among the nation’s ten most livable cities and best college towns. Its quality of life is enhanced by a reasonable cost of living, beautiful scenery, year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, convenient transit, and an impressively cosmopolitan and diverse population. Salt Lake County, the state’s largest and characterized as one of the nation’s fastest growing “mega” counties, is among the national leaders in many “creative class” measures. Utah is projected to be the nation’s fastest growing state between 2010 and 2040 with many opportunities for planning professionals. The University of Utah ranks among the world’s top 100 universities and the top 25 public universities in the US. It also enjoys a stable financial environment compared to many other universities.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah invites applications from candidates with a PhD in urban planning or related fields, who have completed their doctoral degree by December 1, 2019 and no earlier than December 1, 2015. The stipend is competitive and limited funds are also available from the Metropolitan Research Center for research expenses, including travel.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, research and teaching statements, and a list of four references (with e-mail addresses and phone numbers) to
Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Please note in your letter that you are applying for the post-doctorate position and will be working directly under the supervision and mentorship of Professor Ewing, Distinguished Research Chair of Resilient Places.
The selected candidate will be expected to co-author multiple papers and grant proposals with Professor Ewing. Send all questions regarding this search to Professor Stacy Harwood, Chair of the Search Committee (

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

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This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.