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GRI Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Transitional Justice

The Global Research Institute (GRI) empowers teams of William & Mary students and faculty to make a difference in the world. We are a multidisciplinary hub that applies scholarly research to real world problems, investing in outstanding student and faculty scholars to catalyze new insights and cultivate the next generation of global leaders. Based in the Office of the Provost, GRI supports a whole of university approach to advance W&M by developing ideas, convening partners, creating and analyzing data, and inventing new methods. The Institute’s approach to incubate and scale and applied research helps researchers push research frontiers and produce insights that matter at W&M and beyond.

The Global Research Institute (GRI) at William & Mary invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral scholar position with a focus on transitional justice and the politics of memory. This position is designed to strengthen GRI’s research capacity in this area, increase the diversity of the scholarly community at GRI, provide a mentored learning experience to the post-doctoral fellow, and support and provide additional research opportunities for undergraduate students. The Institute seeks to attract promising researchers and educators from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, and other diverse populations whose life experiences and research experiences will contribute significantly to the academic mission of William & Mary and the Institute.

The post-doctoral fellow will be a collaborator and coauthor on a new book project in the International Justice Lab (IJL), a research lab within GRI, on how societies remember historical political violence, both to acknowledge past harm and safeguard against future harm. The post-doctoral scholar and the lab director, with the support of student research fellows, will study memory museums, monuments, remembrance days, and/or public education programs. Data and methods for the project may involve case studies of public memory making in post-violence societies; draw on survey experiments; analyze archival materials; use maps and geographic information system (GIS) analysis; and/or leverage interviews with human rights activists and policy makers in diverse countries and contexts. As an equal collaborator, the post-doctoral fellow will shape the direction and execution of the project with the lab director.

Additionally, for each year of the award, the post-doctoral fellow will teach one course; direct a team of undergraduate researchers; and receive mentoring from faculty members and/or senior researchers affiliated with the Institute. Throughout the fellowship period, the Fellow will work alongside other Post-Doctoral fellows at GRI and participate in a professional development series that will include: how to pursue funded research; how to organize an undergraduate research lab; how to navigate the publishing process; how to make research accessible to practitioners; and how to improve classroom teaching, among other topics.

This is a two-year position, beginning in summer 2023. If the post-doctoral fellow and the IJL director are successful in securing external funding, the position may be extended beyond the two-year period.

Fellows will receive an annual salary of $55,000, shared office space at GRI, library access, and other benefits including comprehensive health insurance. The position also comes with over $33,000 in funds to conduct research and hire student collaborators.

To apply please submit your resume/curriculum vitae, cover letter, and a minimum of three references. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference. For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date, November 27, 2022. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed.

The successful candidate must:

EDUCATION
Have a PhD by the time appointment begins (June/July 2023) in political science, history, memory studies, or other related fields.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Be engaged in research in one of IJL’s three research streams: human rights, transitional justice, and international law and courts.
Possess advanced quantitative methods training and expertise in one or more of the following: survey and experimental research, and quantitative data analysis and visualization.
Demonstrate experience working with one or more of the following software and tools: R, Stata, Python, and GIS.
Have strong organizational and communication skills.
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:
Track record of publications in peer-reviewed outlets and/or preparation and presentation of conference papers
Track record of publications in public-facing outlets
Experience working collaboratively on large research projects
Experience preparing grant proposals and securing external research funds
Experience teaching or mentoring undergraduate students, including on research
Experience conducting research on transitional justice

 

To apply please submit your resume/curriculum vitae, cover letter, and a minimum of three references. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference. For full consideration, submit application materials here (https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/51063) by the review date, November 27, 2022. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed.