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Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Scholar in Economic Theory

Close Date:
Open until filled.


The Caltech Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in economic theory, beginning Fall 2021. Caltech's HSS provides an interdisciplinary social science environment, with a focus on a small number of fields, including economic theory, experimental economics, and formal political science. This fellowship will provide an opportunity to become a member of this community and collaborate with Caltech's HSS faculty, as well as researchers from other fields who are exploring connections to game theory, mechanism design, and more.

The fellowship will run for one or two years and will include a teaching load of a two (2) one-term courses for each academic year of the appointment.

Requirements: Position is contingent upon completion of the PhD. A cover letter, CV, research statement, teaching statement, a job market paper, and three reference letters (up to a maximum of five) are required. Applicants should submit a brief 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. Interested candidates should apply electronically. Candidates unable to apply electronically may submit their material to: Chair, Economic Theory Fellowship Search, HSS 228-77, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15, 2021 and until the position is filled.

Questions about the application process may be directed to: econtheory-pd@caltech.edu.

Instructions for Applicants

  1. Create an account.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. After you submit your application form send the link that is provided to your three references and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • cover letter;
    • CV;
    • research statement;
    • teaching statement;
    • job market paper;
    • 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. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Click here to read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

Caltech is committed to working with and providing access and reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. To request disability accommodations for any part of the interview or hiring process, please contact 626-395-1255 for assistance or contact econtheory-pd@caltech.edu.

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