Post-Doctoral Fellow

U.S. Army War College
  • Location
    Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 28

Position description

The U.S. Army War College is located at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, home to a historic Army post that provides a collegial, vibrant, and secure work environment for its employees. The U.S. Army War College is the Army's most senior institution for professional military education. It educates the best U.S. military officers for all services, U.S. government civilians, and military officers from over 70 foreign countries.This postdoctoral fellowship is a civilian faculty position at the U.S. Army War College as provided under the Title 10 United States Code.

About the Position:
The. U.S. Army War College seeks a postdoctoral fellow with regional studies expertise to conduct research related to Eurasia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Latin America. Additional expertise in areas related to military history, American foreign policy, and international relations will receive special consideration. Postdoctoral fellows will work within the Department of National Security and Strategy (DNSS) and will primarily conduct research, but will also contribute to the teaching mission.
Fellowships provide up to one year of support for individuals to conduct research after attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.
Duration of the fellowships is 9 to 12 months, beginning no earlier than 1 July 2018, and no later than 1 September 2018. Fellowships may not be deferred or delayed.
Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extension to a second year depending on the needs of the institution, performance, and availability of funds. There is no guarantee of extension beyond the first year.
Upon appointment, postdoctoral fellows are paired with faculty supervisors responsible for directing the fellows' work and optimizing their professional development. Within the U.S. Army War College, fellows are assigned to the organization of the faculty supervisor. Fellows rely on their assigned organizations for office space, administrative support, official communication, and other necessities.

Who May Apply:
U.S. Citizens


Postdoctoral fellows serve in the capacity of junior faculty and contribute to research and teaching at the U.S. Army War College. They must possess expertise in disciplines relevant to the U.S. Army War College curriculum (See Qualifications below) and demonstrate commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level.

Principal duties of this position are listed below:

  • Conduct research on issues related to their area of expertise under the guidance of a senior faculty member from DNSS.
  • Assist in planning and conducting student-faculty research activities.
  • Teach selected lessons in the core curriculum or co-teach an elective course under the guidance of a DNSS faculty member.
  • Publish at least one article through the U.S. Army War College Press or other reputable publications.
  • Conduct lectures and present research findings at academic or other professional venues.
  • Coach U.S. Army War College students in research and writing.
  • Perform other duties as directed by supervisors

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel (domestic and/or international) may be required up to 10% of the time.

Supervisory status



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must provide official college transcripts, upon request. .
  • Unofficial transcripts are suitable for application purposes.
  • Must be available for employment no later than 1 September 2018.
  • A background investigation will be conducted for suitability.
  • Permanent Change of Station expenses ARE NOT authorized.

Other Requirements:

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • Include the job announcement number on your application.



In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume' must clearly describe your relevant experience; your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is available at

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS/KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Applicants will be rated based on the criteria listed below:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution, achieved no earlier than five years prior to the date of this announcement is preferred. Candidates within six months of completing a Ph.D. may be considered.
  • Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the U.S. Army War College curricula - e.g., political science, international relations, regional studies, defense studies, government, public policy and administration, or history, is preferred.
  • A regional area of expertise is preferred.
  • Demonstrated potential for high-quality research, writing, and presentation that bridges the gap between theory and practice. The selecting official will consider the scholarly merit and relevance of the candidate's research proposal.
  • Ability to coach graduate students in the production of innovative scholarship.
  • Evidence of the potential to design courses in the areas of expertise listed above.
  • Evidence of the potential to teach effectively at the graduate level.
  • Ability to work collegially with diverse (military, civilian, international) graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators.


Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.

For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

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