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Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow

San Diego State University
San Diego

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Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow

Req No: 2024-17041
Category: Research/Project
Type: Post Doc
Salary: $5,677.42
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This position is budget for $5,677.42 per month and is non-negotiable.

The Center for War and Society at San Diego State University seeks a historian to serve as its postdoctoral Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Research Partner Fellow. With over 80,000 missing personnel unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War, the DPAA's mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting to their families and the nation. The DPAA Research Partner Fellow will support the Agency's mission through conducting research and analysis that may include, but is not limited to, historical research and writing, data organization and management, digital humanities projects, GIS, foreign language translation, and public history work.

The DPAA Research Partner Fellowship requires a time commitment of 40 hours per week on DPAA-related work and outreach activities. The Fellow is expected to maintain a presence on campus and will be provided with an office and full access to SDSU libraries.

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation's Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information.

San Diego State University is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of two (2) references.

The Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow is responsible for but not limited to:

Core Responsibilities 95%
  • Historical research and writing
  • Data organization and management
  • Digital humanities projects
  • GIS
  • Foreign language translation
  • Public history work
  • Build a network with other professionals in the field through collaborations and participation in scientific communities.
  • The Fellow will be asked to teach one public history course per year the SDSU Department of History and may oversee interns or volunteers to assist with their projects. Possible courses would include: history and memory, digital history, public history methods and theory, oral history, material culture, and museum studies.

Other Duties As Assigned 5%

Knowledge & Abilities
  • Strong writing and data collection/analysis skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with others.

Minimum Education & Experience
  • A PhD in History or terminal degree in a related discipline.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated time management.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Researchers with expertise in twentieth-century Military History, History of Science, Public History, Archeology, and/or modern Pacific or European History are encouraged to apply.
  • Practical experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred, but not required: ArcGIS, geospatial data visualization, large-scale data projects, foreign language translation, and/or digital humanities.
  • Experience in creating/managing large data sets.
  • Foreign language skills.

Additional Applicant Information
  • Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from SDSU at time of hire.
  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results (including a criminal record check).
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets/Title IX Employer.
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.

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Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.7 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.

Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.

Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.

Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs. In spring 2014, SDSU opens its first LEED Platinum Certified building — the 206,000 square-foot Aztec Student Union.

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