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Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Instructor in Medieval History

Applications Due:
March 15, 2024


The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Instructor appointment in medieval history, with a particular interest in the history of law and legal practices, documentary culture, power, or violence, in the broader Mediterranean (including Islamic and Byzantine) and North Atlantic/Scandinavian worlds as well as in Europe, which will begin Fall 2024. 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. 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. Candidates who have an interest in the research collections at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens are especially encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should apply electronically by uploading a cover letter, a research statement, a teaching statement, current CV, and a single writing sample (article or dissertation chapter). Candidates unable to apply electronically may send the above materials to: Chair, Medieval History Postdoctoral Instructorship Search, HSS 101-40 Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125. Candidates should also submit names of three references. The search committee will solicit letters of recommendation from candidates at a later stage. Applicants should also submit 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, 2024.

Hiring Salary: $68,000

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 [email protected].

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):
    • a cover letter;
    • a research statement;
    • a teaching statement;
    • a current CV;
    • 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.