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Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

American History Postdoctoral Instructor

Applications Due:
March 15, 2023


The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Instructor appointment in antebellum North American history, with a particular interest in: the history of slavery and emancipation, the Atlantic world, or transatlantic empires. The successful candidate will be expected to teach two (ten-week) undergraduate courses in the first year of appointment and three in the second year. The appointment is contingent upon completion of the Ph.D. and is expected to begin in the summer of 2023.

In addition to undergraduate teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to conduct their own research and to participate regularly in the intellectual life of the Division. Please submit letter of application, vita, research and teaching statements, and a single writing sample (article or dissertation chapter) electronically or by mail to: Search Chair, American History Postdoctoral Instructorship, Caltech 101-40, Pasadena, CA 91125. Candidates should also submit names of three references. The search committee will solicit letters of recommendation from candidates still under consideration at a later stage. Candidates should also submit with their original application a diversity and inclusion statement that discusses past and/or anticipated contributions to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, and/or outreach.

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2023.

Hiring Salary: $64,480 as of summer 2023
As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, and more. Learn more about our benefits and who is eligible.

Questions about the application process may be directed to: americanhistory-search@caltech.edu.

Instructions for Applicants

  1. Create an account.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • letter of application;
    • vita;
    • research and teaching statements;
    • a single writing sample (article or dissertation chapter);
    • and a diversity and inclusion statement.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoctoral positions are term appointments with specific renewal requirements.

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