Post-Doctoral Fellowship, One Earth Future/Secure Fisheries and Sié Center - Josef Korbel School of

The Sié Chéou-Kang Center at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and One Earth Future are seeking qualified candidates for an innovative post-doctoral scholar program. The goal of this position is to contribute to the mission of both organizations through collaborative research on policy-relevant questions. In addition, this position will serve as a bridge between the two Denver-based organizations and will have the opportunity to develop an OEF- Sié Center collaborative project. It will also offer a unique opportunity for the post-doctoral fellow’s research to have on-the-ground impact.


We will accept applications from candidates who specialize in conflict and cooperation around fisheries and/or the transnational governance of fisheries resources. Candidates with experience or interest in the Horn of Africa, especially Somalia, are preferred. We are also open to candidates who have experience with resource conflict, more broadly, but who are interested in applying that expertise to fisheries.


The Fellowship will begin September 1, 2019. The fellowship will extend for a one year term, with the individual’s time spent at both OEF and the Sié Center. There is a possibility for a one year extension (AY 2020-2021) following a successful first year.


The Sié Center is a center of excellence within the Josef Korbel School that leads research, education and policy programs focused on global peace and security. Eight faculty, visiting and post-doctoral scholars, and over 40 Korbel MA and PhD students contribute to the Center’s activities. While at the Sié Center, post-doctoral fellows have opportunities to work with Center faculty and graduate students, engage with relevant policy practitioners, and receive clerical and research/travel support sufficient to allow the completion of a major research product. Fellows will be expected to attend and contribute to a seminar series and engage with other program initiatives including conferences, commentary, and publications.


One Earth Future (OEF) is a self-funded, private operating foundation seeking to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives that eliminate root causes of political conflict. Specific issue areas include enhancing maritime cooperation, creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies, improving natural resource governance, and research actively contributing to thought leadership on global issues. Secure Fisheries, a program of OEF, promotes peace and stability in fragile and post-conflict regions by combining science-based research with a policy-oriented approach to combating fisheries conflict. Secure Fisheries works across complementary focus areas to combat illegal fishing, promote sustainability through good governance, and build food and economic security through fisheries.


Essential Functions

  • Conduct independent and collaborative research, with a focus on policy-relevant empirical research
  • With organizational partners, develop a joint OEF- Sié Center collaborative project (workshop or other set of activities that will increase cooperation between the organizations and promote joint interests)
  • Work with Sié faculty and OEF staff on research projects as consistent with his/her interests and expertise
  • Participate in a events and workshops hosted by OEF and the Sié Center
  • Present research findings to interdisciplinary academic and audiences.


Required Qualifications

  • Substantial progress toward a PhD in Political Science or other relevant discipline
    • Applicants should complete all requirements for their PhD by June 30, 2019 and be no more than 2 years from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2017)
  • Quantitative or qualitative research experience in the fields of fisheries conflict, specifically, or resource conflict, more broadly, with an interest in fisheries
  • Policy relevant research agenda related to the organizations programs


Application Deadline

The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $50,000 and access to additional funding for research support, professional development, and travel, and a comprehensive benefits package. For administrative purposes, the selected candidate will be an employee of the University of Denver.

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) March 11, 2019


Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. 


Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. C.V.
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Two letters of recommendation send directly to


NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.


The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.


All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.