The Center for International Studies in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC; Los Angeles, California) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the 2021â22 academic year. The fall semester starts in the third week of August 2021.
We seek applicants with (a) a strong research profile in comparative and/or international political economy, with a preference for security or climate change expertise; and (b) a demonstrated commitment to conducting cutting-edge research targeted at the top journals and university presses in political science and/or international relations.
The international political economy of security, broadly defined
Environment, inequality, and redistributive conflicts in global comparative perspective; climate change policy preferences; political
Postdoctoral fellows will also have an option to affiliate with one of two labs within POIR. USCâs Security and Political (SPEC) Lab, which conducts interdisciplinary,Â policy-relevantÂ research on issues at the intersection ofÂ climate change,Â security, andÂ economic development. This lab applies the Stewardship Model of Mentoring to providing experiential research education to undergraduate students and works particularly hard to recruit first-generation college students, minority students, and other members of other underrepresented groups. Alternatively or additionally, the fellow will also have the option to affiliate with a newly forming Inequality Lab with Professor Allison Hartnett.
If a postdoctoral fellow is interested in affiliating with the SPEC Lab and engaging in mentorship, the Lab is prepared to fund a team of undergraduate research assistants supporting the fellowâs research.
During their year at USC, the postdoctoral fellow will pursue their own research agenda, but we are seeking to recruit an emerging scholar whose research interests are such that mutually beneficial collaboration with POIR faculty and/or doctoral students will yield the following benefits:
One or more co-authored papers with POIR faculty and/or doctoral students
Broad intellectual engagement and knowledge transfer between the postdoctoral fellow and the CIS/POIR research community
Strong research productivity and professional growth for the postdoctoral fellow
Applicants must be junior scholars who have received a PhD within the last three years (and no later than August 1, 2021).
Applications should be complete by March 15, 2021, to receive fullest consideration. Applicants are required to complete the online application process (with few exceptionsâsuch as published booksâmaterials submitted by regular post will not be accepted). Required materials include a letter of interest, a one-page proposal for collaboration with USC faculty, curriculum vitae, research sample, three reference letters and official graduate transcripts. Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a one-year fixed term position. USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at email@example.com. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.Read USCâs Clery Act Annual Security Report
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