Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Scholar with the Making and Knowing Project, Columbia University

October 30, 2016


A PhD, preferably in history or a cognate discipline (such as art history, conservation, or history of science).  Some experience in laboratory, conservation, or studio work, and a knowledge of French language and history. A background in early modern European history and digital skills will be beneficial. Candidates must hold the doctoral degree by July 1, 2017 or have received it within the previous three years.


Starting salary will be about $53,000, plus benefits, and a modest research stipend.


Review of Applications will begin October 30, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.


The Department of History at Columbia University in the City of New York invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoctoral position as part of the Making and Knowing Project, which is working toward the publication of an open access digital critical edition and translation of a late sixteenth-century French manuscript. The successful applicant will co-teach the laboratory seminar each semester with Professor Pamela Smith and other postdoctoral scholars, and take part in all activities of the Making and Knowing Project.  For two of the three years, the Scholar will teach one section each semester of the Introduction to Contemporary Civilization, a central part of Columbia’s signature Core Curriculum. Core teaching requires instructors to attend Core Curriculum weekly instructor meetings and lectures, in addition to teaching a discussion based class twice a week (ca. 4 hours/week). The Scholar will have the opportunity to contribute content to the critical edition and to publish research in collaboration with the Making and Knowing team. The Scholar will hold the title of Lecturer in History.

The appointment start date is July 1, 2017. Renewal for a second and third year will be contingent upon satisfactory performance.


All applications must be made through Columbia University's online Recruitment of Academic Personnel System (RAPS). For more information and to apply, please go to the following link: Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

For questions about the position, please contact Pamela Smith at [email protected].