Job Posting: Postdoc at the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University

Stanford Impact Labs is a new initiative at Stanford University investing in highly-motivated teams of researchers and practitioners—impact labs—to generate new insights and solutions to persistent social problems. To begin in the Fall of 2021, Stanford Impact Labs is now accepting applications to the two-year postdoctoral fellowship program in collaboration with three impact labs.

As part of this inaugural program, the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab is seeking a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join a team-based, collaborative community that value the different skills, expertise, and perspectives necessary to design, conduct, sustain, and disseminate public impact research. 

The VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University generates foundational research to advance women’s leadership by diagnosing barriers, developing and evaluating interventions to get beyond barriers, and disseminating research-based solutions by bridging the gap between research and practice. 

Based on their expertise, the postdoctoral fellow will engage with the lab community on a variety of projects such as: implementing and evaluating interventions to increase women’s representation, persistence, and inclusion in male and white dominated learning and work environments; understanding the specific barriers faced by women of different racial and ethnic backgrounds in the workplace; creating and disseminating new approaches to create and engage change agents to accelerate gender equality. 

Mentorship Structure

The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by Prof. Shelley Correll and will collaborate with research scholars, staff, and PhD students affiliated with the lab. Mentorship of the Postdoctoral Associate will be structured according to research and professional interests. 

In addition, a goal of the Stanford Impact Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is to create a diverse community of scholars who are committed to producing research that has a positive impact on society. Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to engage with one other and with the broader Stanford Impact Labs team and community, and will be invited to participate in select activities (approx. 10% total effort), as guided by each fellow’s particular interests and in coordination with the SIL team and respective lab.

Qualifications

  • Has or expects to have a PhD by September 1st, 2021
  • Has research expertise at the intersection of gender and race in organizations (broadly defined, from K-12 to the workplace). Sub-areas of interest include:
    • Bias and stereotypes at the intersection of gender and race
    • Racialized and gendered organizational processes
    • Social psychological interventions to create equitable organizations 
  • Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Is committed to advancing solutions to social problems through rigorous research, and communicating research findings to diverse audiences, including non-academic audiences.
  • Wishes to grow their collaborative research skills and ability to partner with organizations.  

Timeline

  • Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021.
  • Those advancing will be notified by March 15, and may be asked to submit additional materials (e.g. 2-3 writing samples and 2 letters of recommendation), and/or invited to interview.
  • Final selections will be made by early April.

To apply: To be ensured of full consideration, please upload the following materials in a single PDF document to https://bit.ly/3cmpdS4 before March 1:

  • CV: Provide a curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages 
  • Letter of interest explaining your motivation to become a postdoc with the VMWare Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab through the Stanford Impact Labs fellowship program (500 words max)
  • Short responses to the following three prompts, in 300 words or less for each:
    • Please provide a short description of your dissertation research and broader research agenda.
    • How does your research training and expertise prepare you to make progress towards understanding and identifying practical solutions to social problems? 
    • In what ways have you contributed towards and/or demonstrated a commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity through your academic career, and how do you plan to advance these commitments professionally?

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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