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Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of the United States and WW1 (University of Oxford)

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Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of the United States and WW1 (University of Oxford)

July 5, 2016

Rothermere American Institute and Corpus Christi College
The Rt. Hon. Vere Sidney Tudor Harmsworth Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on the History of the United
States and World War One

The Rothermere American Institute (RAI) and Corpus Christi College seek to appoint a stipendiary Junior Research Fellow on the History of the United States and World War One, tenable for three years with effect from 1 October 2016.

The Fellowship forms part of the Institute’s programme of scholarship and events to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War One. The RAI has been endorsed by the US WWI Centennial Commission as a partner organisation.

Duties of the post
The principal duty will be to engage in research at postdoctoral level on the history of the United States and World War One, broadly defined. In addition to pursuing individual research, the holder of the post also will help with the organization of the RAI’s lecture series that will coincide with the centenary of US entry into the Great War.

The Fellow will also be required to conduct special research on Lord Northcliffe’s involvement with the United States during the war years and especially as leader of the War Mission in 1917, which should lead to an in-depth study suitable for publication.

The Fellow will be expected to assist in the teaching of US history for the University and the history school at Corpus Christi College, at the standard post-doctoral stint of up to 4 hours per week. The Fellow will assist the Corpus history tutors in admissions, methodology papers (Disciplines of History and Approaches to History), as well as relevant General History papers such as GH13 (world history 1914-1941) and GH17 (US history since 1863).

Pay and benefits
The salary will be £28,143 per annum.
The following allowances will be available:
– Research allowance (£2,024)
– Hospitality (£415)
The Fellow will be entitled to full lunching and dining rights when the College kitchen is open.
The Fellow will be provided with a shared office at the Rothermere American Institute.

Terms and conditions
1. This is a fixed-term, non-renewable post for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2019
2. Appointment will also be subject to provision of proof of the right to work in the UK.

How to apply
Applications should be submitted by email to college.office@ccc.ox.ac.uk and should include a completed cover sheet, a letter of application, a cv, list of publications and a 1,000 word description of present and future research interests.

Closing date: 5 July 2016

Three referees should be asked to write directly, by email to college.office@ccc.ox.ac.uk; references should be received no later than 5 July.
Interview date: interviews will be held on 13 July

Selection criteria
This post is intended to provide a promising young scholar with a congenial environment for the development of his/her research beyond the doctoral level. Within that broad aim, the committee will make its decision by seeking evidence of the following attributes of candidates:
– Distinguished and imaginative research at doctoral level, and plans for future research of a similar or greater quality.
– Potential for the effective teaching of students of high ability in a tutorial system.
– A willingness to assist the tutors in the administration of the History school and the joint school of History and Politics at Corpus, and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the Rothermere American Institute


July 5, 2016
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