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Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Instructor in STEM and Inequality

Applications Due:
January 15, 2021


The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Instructorship on the topic of “STEM and Inequality in the Twentieth Century,” beginning Fall 2021. Area of Specialization: We are seeking candidates whose research engages critical theories to analyze the ways that scientific or technical knowledge and practice has been historically implicated in the perpetuation, design, and elaboration of systems of power and inequality. Emphases might include critiques of scientific knowledge, scientific disciplines, scientific processes, technological language, technological systems, STEM educational institutions, STEM industries, and STEM policy.

Scholars working across the humanities and humanistic social science, particularly in interdisciplinary and comparative fields, are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of groups historically underrepresented in the academy. The successful candidate will be expected to teach three (ten-week) undergraduate courses during each of the two years. The appointment is contingent upon completion of the Ph.D.

Interested candidates should apply electronically. Candidates unable to apply electronically may submit their cover letter, letters of recommendation (3), CV, research statement, teaching statement, and writing sample to: Chair, STEM and Inequality Postdoc Search, HSS 101-40, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA. Applicants should submit a brief diversity and inclusion statement of approximately 500 words 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 January 15, 2021.

Questions about the application process may be directed to stempd-search@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;
    • writing sample;
    • 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. 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 626-395-1724 for assistance or contact stempd-search@caltech.edu.