The Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University (AMCS) invites applications for two new postdoctoral fellowship positions for the academic year 2019-2020: 1) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Immigration, Cultures, and Law, and 2) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environment/Environmental Justice.  Duties for both positions start for the Fall semester of 2019 and have the possibility of renewal for a second academic year, contingent upon satisfactory performance.

AMCS is an endowed program in Arts & Sciences that fosters cross-disciplinary intellectual exchange and transformative scholarship at the intersections of the humanities and social sciences.  AMCS offers an undergraduate major, a PhD certificate program, a Master’s program, and a wide array of public events and innovative and collaborative research, teaching, and community engagement activities and projects.

These fellowships support the Fellows’ intellectual development through productive academic exchange and collaboration. In addition, Fellows teach two courses in the program per year and actively contribute to the intellectual life of AMCS through participation in the AMCS program’s interdisciplinary workshops and events.  Accordingly, the Fellow is expected to be in residence during the fellowship period apart from research-related travel.

Please read below for further position details and How to Apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Immigration, Cultures, and Law

We are particularly interested in applicants, academics and/or practitioners, whose research, teaching, and practice (1) have a strong theoretical awareness, and deeply engage substantive empirical, ethnographic, and/or historical materials; (2) center on the richly-informed study of immigration in relation to America (broadly defined), especially as immigration issues intersect with cultural dynamics and legal issues; (3) speak to public debates about immigration, the law, identity, exclusion, citizenship, borders, and race/ethnicity.

Candidates must have received the PhD since July 1, 2015 or be scheduled to defend the dissertation before July 1, 2019.  The Fellow will receive a salary of $55,000 per year, plus benefits, a $3,000 annual research/travel stipend, and the possibility for a workshop to support the peer review of a polished book manuscript.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environment/Environmental Justice

We are particularly interested in applicants, academics and/or practitioners, whose research, teaching, and practice (1) have a strong theoretical awareness, and deeply engage substantive empirical, ethnographic, and/or historical materials; (2) center on the richly-informed study of environmental issues, problems, and debates in relation to America (broadly defined), especially questions of science and science studies, justice, inequality, race/ethnicity (and other social contrasts), sustainability, industry, state power, and public health; (3) speak to historical and/or contemporary public debates about environmental issues and problems, such as climate change, disasters, land use, indigeneity, and natural resources.

Candidates must have received the PhD since July 1, 2015 or be scheduled to defend the dissertation before July 1, 2019.  The Fellow will receive a salary of $55,000 per year, plus benefits, a $3,000 annual research/travel stipend, and the possibility for a workshop to support the peer review of a polished book manuscript.

How to Apply

All applicants to Washington University in St. Louis must go through our online application portal. Please go to jobs.wustl.edu and select “Search Jobs.”

In the Keyword field, Enter the Job ID for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in which you wish to apply (Immigration, Cultures, and Law = 41990; Environment/Environmental Justice = 41991).

Complete the online form and upload your supporting materials (merged into one .pdf file).  See Questions 2 and 3 in the below FAQ for the materials and how to upload them.

All Applications and supporting materials must be submitted/received by 11:59 PM Central Time on Monday, December 17, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Because we expect to receive a large volume of applications, please read through the following F.A.Q. before contacting us.

1) What is the deadline for application submission?

All applications must be submitted online through jobs.wustl.edu by 11:59 PM Central Time on Monday, December 17, 2018. This includes your Cover Letter and CV.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2) What application materials are required in order to have my application be considered complete?

A completed application consists of the online application form and two (2) required supporting documents.  Please merge them in the following order into one .pdf file and upload them to your application.

  1. Cover Letter (this must come first)
  2. CV

Please see Question 3 for details on how to upload these materials and the proper naming schema.

3) How do I upload my Cover Letter and CV in the Jobs portal?

After completing the main application pages in the system, you will be prompted to upload your Resume.  Please use this prompt to upload your merged Cover Letter and CV .pdf file to your application.

Because we anticipate a large volume of applicants, we do ask that you name your file in the following manner to ensure clarity during the review process:

“Last Name First Name AMCS Post-Doc Name.”

For example: Doe Jane AMCS Immigration Post-Doc Cover Letter and CV.pdf.

All materials must be uploaded as .pdf files.

Please do not upload any other materials than those requested.  They will not be reviewed.

Candidates who advance to our next round will be asked for supplemental materials at that time.

4) Can I submit my Cover Letter and CV via email?

No. The online application portal is designed to allow you to upload these materials, and it also serves as the portal through which our Selection Committee reviews these materials.

5) What is the latest date by which I should have conferred my PhD in order to be eligible for this postdoctoral fellowship?

Candidates must have received their PhD since July 1, 2015 or be scheduled to defend before July 1, 2019.

6) Who can I contact to make sure all of my application materials are received?

You should receive a confirmation email/status automatically through the online jobs portal once you’ve submitted your application.  You will also be able to log-in to this portal and check the status of your application at any time.

Should you have any issues or concerns about your application process or experience, you may contact our Administrative Coordinator, Jennifer Gallinat, via email or phone (gallinat@wustl.edu / 314-935-5569).

Given the anticipated volume of applicants, we appreciate your patience if our response time takes a couple days.

7) Should I submit additional documents such as letters of recommendation, course syllabi, and/or transcripts along with my other application materials?

No.  Please do not submit any additional information or materials in your initial application as they will not be reviewed.

Candidates who advance to our next round will be asked to submit a Writing Sample (no more than 25 pages), and to have up to three (3) letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf by Monday, January 7, 2019.  We encourage all applicants to have a Writing Sample in mind and to alert your letter-writers to this potential deadline.

8) When do you expect to begin the interview process? By when do you anticipate having the final selection made?

We plan on contacting the Candidates who advance to the next round for additional materials in late December with a deadline for receipt of the materials by Monday, January 7, 2019.

We hope to conduct Skype Interviews with our semi-finalists in late January through early February.  The final candidates will have the opportunity to visit the campus sometime in late February or early March.  We anticipate making our final selection by mid-March 2019.

9) Is this position benefits-eligible?

Yes. Please go to https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/postdoctoral/ for further information on benefits offered to Postdoctoral Fellows through Washington University in St. Louis.

10) What is the teaching course load for this fellowship?

The Postdoctoral fellow will teach two courses in our undergraduate program each academic year, and actively contribute to the intellectual life of AMCS.  Specific teaching assignments will be made in consultation with program directors and will be based on AMCS’s needs as well as the fellows’ teaching expertise.

11) Will I have opportunities to travel to conferences and to conduct research outside of the Washington University community?

Yes. Our Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to attend conferences critical to their particular research interests.  The annual travel/research stipend of $3,000 is offered for this particular purpose.

 

Contact Information

Please direct all inquiries to Jennifer Gallinat at gallinat@wustl.edu or by phone at 314-935-5569.

 

For More information about the American Culture Studies Program at Washington University, see http://amcs.wustl.edu/.