One postdoctoral position is available within the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at the University of California, Irvine. Housed in the Department of Anthropology, and under the direction of Bill Maurer, IMTFI is a multi-year collaborative project involving researchers from around the world conducting independent yet co-articulated projects on aspects of monetary cultures and practices as they intersect with new communications technologies and banking models.  

The postdoctoral fellow’s main tasks will be to assist in mentoring IMTFI researchers. IMTFI researchers come from a wide variety of disciplinary and national backgrounds and are selected based on an international, competitive peer-reviewed call for proposals, which takes place once per year. Postdoctoral fellows assist IMTFI researchers in preparing their work for academic publication and wider dissemination, and assist IMTFI in providing research and writing support to its growing network of academic, nonprofit and industry collaborators. Postdoctoral fellows also assist in supervising, synthesizing, documenting and disseminating IMTFI’s activities and contributions. 

Postdoctoral scholars create higher-level, synthetic documents based on IMTFI research, including position papers and blog posts on IMTFI’s and others’ websites. Their mentorship of IMTFI researchers will assist and accelerate the dissemination of the researchers’ work, in both academic and other venues. Their work will also include facilitating the expansion of IMTFI’s presence online and in the media. 

Requirements – Candidates must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, economics, development, sociology, information/computer sciences, communications and other fields. Candidates should also have a research profile that relates to the foci of IMTFI; e.g. cultural/social dynamics of money, ICTs and development, mobile communication, and culture, science & technology studies.  The appointment could begin as early as July 1, 2014 for a period of one year, but we will consider candidates who can start at a later date. Renewal is based on performance and availability of grant support. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Travel stipend for research available. International candidates will be considered.  

Application Procedures – Applicants should forward 1) cover letter (including research skills),  2) a current curriculum vitae and 3) three names and contact information for references in cover letter or on CV.  

Submit materials via UC Irvine's online application system, RECRUIT, located at Applications must be received by 6/23/2014.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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