Paul Sarbanes '54 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Hellenic Studies and the School of Public and International Affairs. CLOSED NOW FOR AY24

The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies and the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University invite applications for the Paul Sarbanes '54 postdoctoral position on contemporary Greek politics, society, policy, or current affairs, to support a highly promising up-and-coming early-career scholar who is trained in international studies, public policy, or a related academic discipline, such as politics, economics, law, public administration, contemporary history, or sociology, with a research focus on Greece in the world today, including the European Union and/or other regional context(s), such as the Eastern Mediterranean, Southeastern Europe, Cyprus, or transatlantic relations. While broadly construed and open to scholars of diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches, topics and fields of research may include: economic policy, diplomacy, international relations, health policy, security studies, migration, energy resources, environmental policy, human rights, social policy, education, arts, non-profits, with particular interest in EU studies and United States-Greece relations. Scholars working on policy-related issues will be considered, particularly if their approach is comparative and/or crosses regions and fields. There may be an opportunity for possible affiliation with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and/or the European Union Program at Princeton.

The appointment is expected to start on September 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025, with the possibility of renewal for a second full year (12 months), contingent upon funding, satisfactory performance, and University approval. Salary and full employee benefits are offered in accordance with University guidelines. Candidates must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by the start date.

Candidates are expected to have less than three years post-Ph.D. work experience by the start date. The minimum monthly salary will be $5,417 (gross) for the first year. Fellows may apply for reimbursement (up to $3,000 per academic year) for research-related expenses. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, moving arrangements, and expenses, as well as finding and paying for their housing at Princeton.

Selected candidates will be required to conduct research on a full-time basis and demonstrate to the Seeger Center's satisfaction the ability to be on campus daily and fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation. The successful applicant will be appointed as Paul Sarbanes '54 postdoctoral research associate (PDRA) through either the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies or the School of Public and International Affairs, with a formal affiliation to the second department.

Fellows may have the possibility of spending up to three weeks at the Princeton Athens Center, conducting research during the summer (June/July) and/or Princeton’s winter session. Travel grants will be available via application. If awarded, the grant will cover reasonable expenses and lodging during the time at the Princeton Athens Center. 

This postdoctoral position is made possible by the Paul Sarbanes '54 Fund for Hellenism and Public Service at Princeton University. The goal of this postdoctoral research program is to advance the scholarship of outstanding scholars at an early stage of their career and thus to strengthen the field of Modern Greek Studies in the United States and abroad.

DEADLINE: All materials submitted by applicants must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 3, 2024. Awards will be announced in early March 2024. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

We at Hellenic Studies and the School for International and Public Affairs believe that it is vital to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion — fundamental to the success of our education and research mission.  This commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment and hiring as we actively seek colleagues of exceptional ability who represent a broad range of viewpoints, experiences and value systems, and who share Princeton University's dedication to excellence.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


How to Apply

Candidates must apply online at AHIRE (search for D-24-HLS-00002) and submit

  • a cover letter with a title and summary (200 words) of a proposed research project;
  • research proposal (five pages; 2,000 words), including a detailed description of your project, timetable, explicit goals, selected bibliography, and the reason it is proposed to be pursued at Princeton;
  • curriculum vitae with a list of publications;
  • sample chapter (in English) of your dissertation or other recent work;
  • names and contact information of three referees from individuals who are not current members of the Princeton University faculty;
  • a scanned copy of their doctoral degree or a letter from a dean or registrar-level officer on department letterhead confirming the date of completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree;
  • all non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents are required to provide TOEFL results or a letter from their department head on department letterhead confirming certification of language proficiency in English. With the exception of official transcripts, all submitted documents must be in English.
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