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The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago invites applications for two-year Postdoctoral Researchers at the Rank of Instructor, to begin on July 1, 2018. Postdocs will join a community of leading scholars from across the university to study the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day and, in correlation, to explore how this history shapes our modern world.

Applicants must demonstrate current research interests that straddle multiple departments and disciplines to investigate the influences beneath what is accepted as true at a given time and place. In particular, we seek applicants working on the formation of medical, economic, or legal knowledge, the sociology of scientific knowledge, or indigenous knowledge practices. We are also interested in candidates studying public knowledge, the “post-truth era,” misinformation, and propaganda within the US context. We will evaluate applicants on the quality and quantity of publications, recommendations, and undergraduate teaching, and a demonstrated ability to work beyond disciplinary constraints.   

The successful candidate must have a PhD in hand before the start of the appointment. Postdocs will conduct individual research and collaborate with graduate students and faculty in investigating approaches, methodologies, and outcomes of the Institute’s research agenda. The position offers a salary of $62,000, benefits, office space, pedagogical training, reimbursement of up to $2,500 for moving expenses, and a research allowance of $2,500.

SIFK Postdocs are expected to:

  • Conduct their own research towards a book or other project;
  • Teach three undergraduate 10-week courses per year (UChicago is on the quarter system) designed to appeal to a wide group of students, one of which may be in the Core;
  • Hone and document their teaching skills through engagement with the Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT);
  • Participate in the year-long SIFK workshop series on Comparing Practices of Knowledge (meeting 3-4X per quarter) and present their work in one of the workshop sessions;
  • Submit an article based on research conducted at SIFK to Know: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge.

SIFK will arrange for a faculty mentor and opportunities to forge personal and academic relationships across the university. Successful candidates will be appointed in SIFK and the College, in addition to being affiliated with a relevant academic department(s). An office space will be provided and there is an expectation that it will be actively utilized and postdocs will participate in the postdoc community and the life of the Institute, such as its conferences, discussions, workshops, dinners, social hours, and other activities.

The online application will be made available the week of October 10. All applications will require the following materials: (1) a one-page cover letter explaining how your research transcends individual disciplines and listing three examples of undergraduate courses that you would be most interested to teach, (2) an up-to-date c.v., and (3) a writing sample consisting of a chapter, essay, or article. And please arrange to have three letters of recommendation, with at least one attesting to the quality of undergraduate teaching, sent directly to sifk-apps@uchicago.edu. Any questions may be addressed to sifk-apps@uchicago.edu

All recommendation letters and application materials must be submitted by midnight on Monday, November 27, 2017. Candidates who make the shortlist will be interviewed via Skype and finalists can expect to receive notification by the end of December.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.   Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request.