UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Sexual Culture is looking to hire a Graduate Student Researcher for the Spring semester (January 12 – May 13, 2016) and likely the Fall semester (August 17 – December 16, 2016), with the possibility to extend the position through subsequent semesters.

The Center for the Study of Sexual Culture was founded in 2001 to support research and critical conversations concerning sexuality, sexual culture, and their mutually determining relationship to institutions, social practices and norms, and modes of representation. We understand sexuality to essentially inform diverse fields of social life, such as the state, the economy, civil society, family forms, social identity, and the cultural modes of representation. We draw from a broad field of scholarship in which sexuality is found to participate in discussions as far-reaching as: reproductive control and rights, heredity, marriage, nationalism, welfare systems, property, adoption, animal ethnographies, colonial imaginaries and administrations, performance, language norms, gendered ways and styles, disability politics and culture, visual cultures, materialities, and more.


This is a 25% GSR appointment, or 10 hours per week, with partial fee remission. The GSR will keep regular office hours in the CSSC office at 644 Barrows Hall, but a portion of the work can be done off-site, making this a good position for someone who needs flexibility. It may be possible to increase paid hours depending on GSR skillset.

Job Description

The GSR will work directly with CSSC Director Mel Y. Chen (faculty in Gender and Women’s Studies) to plan, publicize and coordinate the Center’s activities, which include the yearlong Speaker Series lectures, other one-time talks or symposia, a reception for LGBTQ faculty, and the biennial Dissertation Workshop Retreat, next occurring in Spring 2016.

Job Responsibilities

  • planning and coordinating public events and the dissertation retreat
  • updating the Center’s website: adding content, audio & video links
  • managing day-to-day operations, ranging from submitting reimbursement forms to updating event records to acting as a liaison between the Center and other campus departments or units
  • publicizing events, including outreach to other units and department
  • designing and creating posters and other publicity materials.

Knowledge of web and graphic design (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Word Press) is highly preferable.

To Apply

Please send an email cover letter introducing yourself and why you would be a good fit for this position, plus an attached PDF of your CV including references, addressed to Director Mel Chen, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, to [email protected]. Applications are currently being accepted, as we are looking to make a hiring decision as soon as possible. The position starts on January 12, 2016.

Please email any questions to current GSR Jocelyn Saidenberg, also at [email protected], or directly to Professor Chen at [email protected].

For more information about the CSSC’s mission and its activities, visit the website: cssc.berkeley.edu