Post-Doctoral Fellow

U.S. Department of the Army
  • Location
    Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 09

Position description

Initial appointment for one year, with possibility of extension to a second year depending upon institutional needs, performance, and availability of funds. There is no guarantee of extension. Upon appointment, Fellows are paired with faculty supervisors responsible for directing work and optimizing professional development.  


  • Serve in the capacity of junior faculty and contribute to research and teaching at the USAWC.
  • Must possess expertise in disciplines relevant to the USAWC curriculum.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level.
  • Plans, researches, and writes information papers, monographs, and studies on assigned topics concerning the U.S. Army, as directed by Director, USAHEC, and Chief, HSD.
  • Applies knowledge of historical research methodology and appropriate sources to write narrative documents that provide a balanced, comprehensive, and factual analysis to provide historical context for Army and Department of Defense senior leaders.
  • Provides historical expertise and support to official and unofficial organizations, staffs, and individuals to increase understanding of Army history and USAHEC holdings and services.
  • Attends internal meetings and represents USAHEC and USAWC at external professional conferences, classes, and meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Chief, HSD.
  • Assist in all phases of required methodology development, research design, data collection and analysis activities.
  • Assists in collaborative research team coordination across USAHEC and the USAWC.
  • Assists in the preparation of briefing materials and support papers as required.
  • Prepares at least one article suitable for publication through the USAWC Press or other reputable publication in collaboration with USAHEC staff.
  • Conducts lectures and presents approved research findings at academic or other professional venues, as required.
  • Upon appointment, post-doctoral fellows are paired with supervisors responsible for directing the fellows' work and optimizing their professional development.
  • Performs other duties as directed by supervisor.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Domestic and/or international travel may be required up to 10% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Must provide official college transcripts, upon request (unofficial transcripts are required for application purposes).
  • Must be available for employment no later than 1 January 2020.


Who May Apply: 
U.S. Citizens

To qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your résumé 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, completed no earlier than five years prior to the date of this announcement. Candidates may apply before completion, but the dissertation must be successfully defended before arrival.
  • Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the USAHEC research -e.g., history, defense or security studies, or American foreign policy.
  • Demonstrated potential for high-quality research, writing, and presentation that bridges the gap between theory and practice. The selection official will consider the scholarly merit and relevance of the candidate's samples of scholarship.
  • Ability to work collegially with senior military officers (both US and international) and government civilians, as well as a diverse USAHEC professional staff.
  • Record of scholarly research and publication-or evidence of great potential for such research and publication-in areas relevant to the curriculum, to include national security policy and strategy, international relations, political science, history, political economy, regional studies, and the strategic use of military force (assurance, deterrence, coercion, and compellence).
  • Refined oral and written communication skills, including the ability to speak to and brief senior Defense officials.
  • Additional expertise in areas related to military history, American foreign policy, and international relations will receive special consideration.
  • Postdoctoral fellows will primarily conduct research on topics related to the US Army and national security, and all written works produced will remain the property of the US government.


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 must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency to be counted for this position. Please include this information in your résumé or curriculum vitae. 

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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