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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) at Vanderbilt University’s Department of Political Science seeks applicants for up to three (3) Post-doctoral Scholars to support research on political institutions, opinion or behavior. Applications are welcome from scholars who have received their doctoral degrees within the three years prior to the start of the fellowship, or who will complete their PhD by August 1, 2015. These positions involve a year of supported research at Vanderbilt University starting September 1, 2015. There is no teaching requirement associated with the appointment, but there may be some research associated with the mission of the Center as part of the fellowship. It would be no more than a few hours per week. Successful candidates will be given a competitive salary, health care benefits, office space, computing resources, and a research fund. 

Candidates should submit a vita and a cover letter describing your research project, what you hope to accomplish while at CSDI, and why spending time at Vanderbilt would provide a useful setting for that research. A graduate school transcript, a writing sample, and letters of reference are also required. Applicants should send all materials to: CSDI Postdoctoral Research Scholar Search, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University, PMB 0505, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Vanderbilt is an AA/EO employer. We particularly encourage applications from minorities and women. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received before February 1, 2015.


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