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Postdoctoral Associate

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0170408
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and the History Department of Virginia Tech invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral associate position in the history of the American Civil War era that will begin in July 2018. The successful applicant will benefit from professional mentoring, the opportunity to gain experience planning and participating in academic and public outreach activities, and access to the extensive Civil War era holdings of Virginia Tech’s Special Collections (

RESPONSIBILITIES. The successful applicant will:
• be expected to make significant progress on a book manuscript.
• teach one course in Virginia Tech’s History Department in either the Fall or Spring semester.
• organize, in conjunction with the Center Director, either an outreach project or an academic conference.
• contribute to the research activities and public outreach programs of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, participating in events such as the Civil War Weekend.

REMUNERATION. Salary of $48,000 plus benefits. The successful applicant will also be eligible to apply for research funds from the VCCWS and the History Department.

Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in history or a related discipline with emphasis on any aspect of the Civil War era, broadly conceived. The Ph.D. must have been received by the time of appointment, and not more than three years prior to the date of appointment.
• Record demonstrating potential for excellence in research and teaching.
• Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and members of the public.
• Effective oral and written communication skills.
• Commitment to engage in a campus community working to grow an inclusive culture and practices while building diversity among faculty, staff, and students
• Strong interest in, and commitment to, working with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience with public engagement.
• Skills or interest in developing skills in digital history.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies is housed in Virginia Tech’s History Department. The Center’s mission is to promote greater understanding of the American Civil War among professional historians, students, teachers, and the general public. For more information, go to

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Paul Quigley, Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies (; 540/231-9090).

Employment Comments:

Department would like to collect on-line reference letters for every applicant

Please notify references after applicant applies

Minimum number of letters – 2

Maximum number of letters – 4

How to Apply for this Job:

By February 28, 2018, applicants should upload the following at, apply to posting #SR0170408.
• A cover letter explaining your interest in the position.
• A curriculum vitae.
• A research statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing the significance of your dissertation project and your plans for revisions.
• A proposal of no more than two double-spaced pages describing either an outreach program or academic conference and its likely impact. If you propose an outreach program, it could be a digital project, a documentary film, a K-12 education initiative, or some other project that furthers the VCCWS’s objective of engaging wider audiences in Civil War era history. If you propose an academic conference, it should focus on a specific theme of Civil War era history that is likely to attract significant scholarly attention and that has the potential to result in publication(s); please name potential keynote speakers in your proposal. (Post under “Other Doc”).
• Contact information for two references, who will be invited to submit their letters of recommendation online.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: June 30, 2019
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band
Pay Range: 48,000
Department: History
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 01/09/2018
Review Begin Date: 02/28/2018
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

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For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. Research Statement
  4. Other Doc
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