"Environment and Climate" Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Description

Princeton University’s Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Study is pleased to announce openings for a year-long position as a residential Postdoctoral Research Associate, renewable for a second year contingent upon satisfactory performance. During the academic years 2022–2023 and 2023–2024, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies will focus on the topic of “Environment and Climate.” In conjunction with our program of residential fellowships for scholars in faculty positions, we invite recent Ph.D.'s to apply for a postdoctoral position related to this topic. The successful candidate will work on questions related to environment and climate in an historical framework, in any period of human history, and all geographical areas. We are especially interested in candidates whose work also addresses issues of race and imperialism.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be engaged in full-time work on the proposed historical project during the period of the appointment and will not have teaching or administrative responsibilities. The “Environment and Climate” position is strictly residential, as the Postdoctoral Research Associate will also participate in all of the Davis Center’s weekly activities (along with the Center’s faculty-level fellows). The program is designed to nurture the academic career of an emerging scholar by providing opportunities to pursue research while gaining mentoring from Princeton faculty and the resident Davis Center fellows.

The initial expected term of appointment is July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023, with renewal possible for a second year contingent upon satisfactory performance. The appointment will be made through the Department of History. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will receive a competitive salary along with University benefits and an annual research fund of $5,000.

Application Process

Applicants must apply online, Req Num: D-22-HIS-00003. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, a writing sample of no more than 10,000 words, and the contact information for three referees who will be asked to provide letters of recommendation. Applicants who have not yet received the Ph.D. must also provide a letter from their dissertation advisor indicating that they are on track towards completing the doctorate by the start of the Postdoctoral Research Associate position. Applications received by January 7, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST will receive full consideration. Referees will have until January 21 to submit their letters.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.