Postdoctoral Position in Social Sciences

University of Chicago Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity

Postdoctoral in Social Sciences


The Social Sciences Division at the University of Chicago invites applications for a two-year appointment as a postdoctoral researcher at the rank of Instructor in the Department of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity, beginning on or after September 1, 2023. The second year of appointment is contingent upon a successful review after year one. Responsibilities include a) designing and teaching two classes annually across our three-quarter academic year (contingent upon departmental needs), which may include serving as a preceptor for the BA thesis seminar; b) participating in the departmental seminar series; and c) advising a small number of BA theses (contingent upon student research interests). The salary is commensurate with experience, and the candidate will also receive a standard University benefits package, a professional development fund, and a relocation allowance.


We are interested in scholars whose work, from any disciplinary perspective, demonstrates excellence and addresses intersections of race, diaspora, and indigeneity and their dynamic social and political correlation. Our department emphasizes boundary-crossing and interdisciplinary scholarship and tools of inquiry that engage multiple modes and sites of knowledge production, particularly outside the traditional bounds of the academy.

All applications are welcome, and we especially encourage topics and approaches which speak to the intersectional, mixed-method, and public-facing emphasis of our departmental culture. Prior experience teaching undergraduates is required, as is a PhD in a relevant discipline. Applicants must have the PhD in hand before the start of the position.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit their materials through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio site and upload the following: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a cover letter discussing their interest in and qualifications for the position; 3) a research statement addressing their current and future research plans; 4) a teaching statement articulating their teaching experience and philosophy, and commitment to inclusive teaching; 5) 1-3 sample syllabi for an undergraduate course; 6) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article, chapter, or unpublished work-in-progress; and 7) three letters of recommendation. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications will begin on April 21, 2023 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed

The University of Chicago is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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