Climate History Network Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental History/History of Science, University of Oregon

(cross post from the Climate History Network)

Applications are sought for a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) funded postdoctoral fellowship at the intersection of environmental history, the history of science, and political ecology at the University of Oregon.  The postdoctoral fellowship is part of Professor Mark Carey’s NSF CAREER grant (#1253779) on “Glaciers and Glaciology: How Nature, Field Research, and Societal Forces Shape the Earth Sciences” (see links below for more information).  Applicants should have a research agenda that intersects with this NSF-funded project by examining historical glacier-society interactions, the history of glaciology, the history of the earth sciences, climate-society dynamics, the role of dynamic environmental change in the evolution of scientific knowledge, or the history of field-based sciences.  Applicants may also have broader or more theoretical connections to the project, or they may have related regional specializations in the history of Greenland, the Arctic, Antarctica, or high mountains such as the Himalaya, Alps, or Andes.


Applicants must have interdisciplinary interests as well as more specific training in areas such as environmental history, history of science, political ecology, science and technology studies, human geography, etc.  The fellow will be expected to pursue her/his own research, publish, co-author articles, and interact with a dynamic group of scholars and students across the University of Oregon campus.


In addition to pursuing an active research agenda, the postdoctoral fellow will also do minimal teaching (1-2 courses total over two years) to gain additional experience for the job market as a Teacher-Scholar.  This unique appointment will be in the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College, which operates as a liberal arts college embedded within a major AAU research university.  The fellow will thus gain valuable experience driving her/his research agenda, collaborating with faculty and students, and teaching some of the university’s top undergraduates.


Start date is September 2014. The postdoctoral fellow will receive an annual salary of $51,724, as well as funds for research and travel expenses.  A Ph.D. in a related discipline completed by September 15, 2014 (and no earlier than September 1, 2009) is required.


Applications must be submitted by email to Mark Carey at Applications must include: (1) cover letter that explains precisely how the applicant’s qualifications and research intersects with this NSF project and what s/he plans to do during the two-year fellowship; (2) CV; (3) writing sample (an article or the introduction and chapter of the dissertation); (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness; and (5) names of three recommenders who will be asked to provide letters once a “short list” is determined.


Application deadline is December 15, 2013.  The position will remain open until filled.  The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired.  For more information contact Professor Mark Carey.


For the full announcement, see link at bottom of this page