Postdoctoral Fellow in National Security Affairs

U.S. Naval War College
  • Location
    Newport, Rhode Island
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 10

Position description

Launch your scholarly career at one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant graduate teaching departments in the interdisciplinary field of national and international security studies. The National Security Affairs (NSA) Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island seeks to fill two full-time teaching and research postdoctoral fellow vacancies beginning no later than July 2017.

Responsibilities. This postdoctoral teaching and research fellowship is a one year (up to 13 months) in-resident appointment beginning July 2017 and is renewable for a second year. Teaching requirement is no more than two seminar sections (single preparation with only 14-16 students per section) within the common core Theater Security Decision Making (TSDM) course that runs for approximately twelve weeks beginning in mid-August. Postdoctoral fellows may also opt to offer an elective class in one of their areas of expertise, but this is not a requirement of the position. Scholarly research conducted pursuant to the fellowship should contribute to the field of security studies. Expectations are high in both teaching and research.

Salary. Salary is approximately $56,000 per year, plus a research stipend ($5000) and a relocation incentive. This compensation package is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits.

Founded in 1884, the U.S. Naval War College is the oldest institution of its kind in the world. Our highly motivated students are mid-career military and civilian national security professionals from the United States and more than sixty partner countries who are preparing to become the senior national security leaders of tomorrow. We are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to grant master of arts degrees in Defense and Strategic Studies (degree program for intermediate-rank students) and in National Security and Strategic Studies (degree program for senior-rank students). The college is dual accredited by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to award certification in Joint Professional Military Education. You can learn more about the U.S. Naval War College at our website:

The NSA Department is one of the college’s three core academic teaching departments and is comprised of a blended faculty of scholars and practitioners engaged in a wide range of teaching, research, and outreach. You can learn more about the NSA Department at our webpages:


Candidates must have a recent Ph.D. concentrating in one or more relevant areas such as international relations, regional studies, foreign policy analysis, U.S. foreign policy, or leadership studies. Additional desirable qualifications include teaching experience and a publication record that demonstrates a promising scholarly agenda. Ph.D. candidates who will be completing by July 2017 are encouraged to apply. This position is open only to U.S. citizens.

Application instructions

Applications will be accepted through January 16, 2017 and must include the following: 1) cover letter, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) research proposal (no more than 5 pages); 4) writing sample (no more than 30 pages); 5) teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available); and, 6) applicants must arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent separately. Applicants with current or previous military service should also provide military ranks and dates of service.

Applications must be received by the above deadline in order to receive consideration. Applications should reference VA#NWC-17-09 and are to be submitted by email to [email protected].

Signed letters of reference may also be sent to this email (preferred method) or they may also be mailed to:

Department of National Security Affairs

U.S. Naval War College

686 Cushing Road Newport, RI 02841-1207

ATTN: Jill Marion

Please direct any questions about the position or the institution to the Department Chair, Prof. David Cooper, at [email protected].  The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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