News | 17 April 2013

Two Postdoctoral Scholar Positions Open at UC Merced


ucmercedArea: Humanities
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Code: ASHA4587A
Status: Open

Description: The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

The Center for Humanities will appoint two Postdoctoral Scholars for two years from the humanities and descriptive social sciences to participate in the Center academic program for 2013-15. Postdoctoral Scholars should have research projects which engage the Center’s theme, “The World Upside Down: Topsy-Turvy,” and that fall in the areas of Digital Humanities or Public Humanities. During their two-year appointment, they will continue their research programs; participate in the Humanities Center seminar, offering a paper at least once during that time; do one public presentation in an off-campus location; and work with faculty to plan the final conference of the period. It is expected that Scholars will have the opportunity to teach one course each year in an area of their research. Upon final determination of course offerings, the Postdoctoral appointment would be reduced to allow for a teaching appointment. We anticipate that this position will be 83% Postdoctoral Scholar and 17% Lecturer; the combination of both appointments will not exceed 100% time. A full description of the research program and theme can be found on the Center website at

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Qualifications: 1. PhD in a humanities discipline, or in an interdisciplinary program with a humanities focus granted between 2009 and 2013. PhD must be in hand by July 1, 2013. Disciplines may include but are not limited to: Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, History, Literature, Music, American Studies, Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s Studies. 2. A record of scholarship and publication appropriate to the time since the PhD. 3. Research related to the Center theme, as well as an interest in either Digital Humanities or Public Humanities. 4. Experience in collegial and collaborative working environments is highly desirable.

Salary: Negotiated based on University of California Salary Scales

Closing Date: 05/09/2013

To Apply: Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of research 4) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address.

Please do not submit individual letters of recommendation.
Applications must be submitted via this website.

Apply Online

For more information: Please contact Professor Susan D. Amussen,