Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Iranian Studies

Published: January 10, 2019

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, in conjunction with the Program of Iranian Studies, at UCLA, invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the history and culture of modern Iran, effective July 1, 2019.

The Program of Iranian Studies at UCLA, established in 1963, is the largest and most comprehensive doctoral programs of its kind in the Americas. It covers the entire spectrum of Iranian studies across disciplines, linguistic boundaries, and periods. Among its distinctive strengths is the focus on Old and Middle Iranian philology, ancient Iranian history and religions, archaeology, as well as the study of classical and modern Persian literature. In addition, courses in Judeo-Persian literature, and modern Iranian (social) history are regularly read in the Program.

The full-time postdoctoral position, housed in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, may be renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance and funding. Post-doctoral fellows are to teach one or two course(s) during the academic year, while pursuing their own research, and participating in the activities of the Department, the Program of Iranian Studies, the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, as well as other affiliated departments and centers. Postdoctoral fellows are also expected to organize—provided funding is available—academic events within their field of specialty under the aegis of the Program of Iranian Studies.

The Amuzegar Postdoctoral Fellowship aims at promoting the work of exceptional scholars at an early stage of their careers whose presence at UCLA would strengthen the study of modern Iran. Applicants from all fields of humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. The Department is particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching engage broader cultural and intellectual traditions, are transdisciplinary in scope, and grounded in philological expertise and archival work.

Applicants are required to have completed their PhD before the beginning of their tenure at UCLA. Preference is given to candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree more recently. Postdoctoral fellows may not hold concurrent fellowships or positions during their appointment.

Applicants should apply online via UCLA Academic Recruit at the following link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF04237.

Applications require submission of (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae and list of publications; (3) synopsis of proposed research project, and why it may be successfully conducted at UCLA, including publication goals; (4) sample syllabi for introductory courses and graduate seminars for a 10 week quarter; and (5) names of three referees.

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2019 and the Search Committee will begin reviewing the applications on March 1st.

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