Graduate Employment Resources

The Graduate Employment Postings lists job opportunities and searches that are currently in the Political Science Fields.  The following positions are listed by date of posting. These brief descriptions are followed by one or more links, leading to the full employment search description and when available, the university or employer posting the search.

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Date Posted:  December 06, 2018
Applications Deadline: March 01, 2019
Start Date: July 7, 2019 to July 21, 2019
Position: Summer Workshop on Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (Covers travel, room and board, no additional stipend)

Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies Twenty Third summer workshop on analysis of military operations and strategy (SWAMOS) familiarizes the next generation of scholars with military policy issues by providing a grasp of terms of reference,   techniques of analysis, and illustrative cases. The workshop also aims to foster a network of academics with competence to evaluate military policy choices, support policy-relevant academic research and teaching on strategy, and maintain expertise and resources for informed judgment on military issues within the civilian community.  Applicants should be junior faculty or Ph.D. students with some general background in security studies (such as international relations courses) but who have not developed special expertise in military matters. [Full Program Description]


Date Posted:  November 30, 2018
Applications Deadline: January 31, 2019
Start Date: Fall 2019
Positions: Africana Studies / Political Science, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1 Year

The Departments of Africana Studies and Political Science at The College of Wooster seek to fill a one-year visiting position at the level of Assistant Professor divided between Africana Studies (2/3rds) and Political Science (1/3rd), beginning in the fall of 2019. Broad training in Africana Studies and Political Science, with a focus on African politics, is required. Ability to
teach introductory courses in Africana Studies, upper level courses in Africana Studies and comparative politics, and to advise undergraduate independent study projects in Africana Studies, comparative politics, and international relations. Preference is given to candidates who will have completed their Ph.D. by the time of appointment and who have had previous independent teaching experience. [Full Program Description]


Date Posted:  November 30, 2018
Applications Deadline: January 31, 2019
Start Date: Fall 2019
Positions: Visiting Assistant Professor (1-year), Political Science

The Department of Political Science at The College of Wooster seeks to fill a one-year visiting position at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning in the fall of 2019. We are looking for a broadly trained specialist in International Relations with a secondary focus in U.S. National Politics. This hire will teach introductory and advanced courses in the
Department of Political Science and the interdisciplinary Global & International Studies program, and supervise senior independent research projects as part of the College’s Independent Study requirement. [Full Program Description]


Date Posted:  November 30, 2018
Applications Deadline: February 04, 2019
Start Date: July 1, 2019

The EITM Summer Institute is now accepting applications for our 2019 session!  The institute will be held from July 1-19 at Emory University in Atlanta.  Tuition, housing, and travel expenses will be provided for all participants.  We encourage applications from graduate students, postdocs, and new faculty interested in learning more about the linkages between theory and empirics, regardless of subfield. 

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), this program trains graduate students and junior faculty in EITM, a research strategy that integrates theoretical models and empirical research to improve and expand our understanding of politics. The institute will integrate developments and findings from throughout political science, including the substantive areas of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political economy.  [Full Program Description]


Date Posted:  November 28, 2018
Applications Deadline: December 03, 2018
Start Date: N/A
Position:  Multiple Positions

The Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL North America), based in the department of economics at MIT is currently hiring for a variety of open roles.  

•    Senior Research & Training Associate - J-PAL North America
•    Senior Policy Associate - J-PAL North America
•    Policy Associate - J-PAL North America
•    Research Manager - J-PAL North America
•    Research Associate - J-PAL North America
•    Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow – Amy Finkelstein

[Full Program description and Position list]


Date Posted:  October 19, 2018
Applications Deadline: February 01, 2019
Start Date: April 01, 2019
Position:  Economics of Conflict Fellowships

The International Crisis Group (Crisis Group) and the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) seek applicants for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position. This position provides the opportunity to work closely with Crisis Group experts and ESOC academic researchers. The fellowship will entail policy research and analysis, and engagement with policymakers and other conflict actors to prevent, resolve or better manage deadly conflict; it also will involve long-term empirical research on the economic and political drivers of conflict…[Full position description]


Date Posted:  October 04, 2018
Applications Deadline: November 01, 2018
Notification Date: 03-01-2019
Position:  Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff serving as advisors and hosts. These fellowships are offered through the Smithsonian’s Office of Fellowships and Internships, and are administered under the charter of the Institution, 20 U.S. Code section 41 et seq. [Fellowship Opportunity Website]


Date Posted: July 24, 2018
Applications Deadline: September 10, 2018

Start Date: 2018
Position: Research Assistant

The Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (located in the School of Economics at the University of Barcelona) seeks to fill up to one research assistant position linked to a European Research Council-financed five-year research project on a cross-national historical comparison of electoral systems, electoral behaviour and party systems in advanced democracies. The Principal Investigator is Professor Carles Boix and includes scientific collaboration with major centres of research in Europe and the United States. [Full Position Advertisement, PDF]


Date Posted: April 12, 2018
Applications Deadline: Screening of applicants begins May 31, 2018 and continues until position is filled.

Start Date: October 1, 2018
Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship (2)
University of Barcelona, School of Economics, Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPErG)

The Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (located in the School of Economics at the University of Barcelona) seeks to fill up to two post-doctoral fellowships on comparative politics linked to a European Research Council-financed five-year research project on a cross-national historical comparison of electoral systems, electoral behaviour and party systems in advanced democracies. The Principal Investigator is Professor Carles Boix and includes scientific collaboration with major centres of research in Europe and the United States. [Full Position Advertisement]


Date Posted: October 20, 2017
Applications Deadline: Screening of applicants begins December 04, 2017 and continues until position is filled.

Start Date: August 10, 2018
Position: Assistant Professor in Global Governance/International Policy Theory (tenure track)
Virginia Tech, Department of Political Science, ASPECT interdisciplinary doctoral program

The interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) and the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Global Governance/International Policy Theory with an emphasis on human security governance and sub-specializations in critical social theory, the critical, theoretical, gendered, and race-based dimensions of human governance/security, and qualitative methodologies in   the social sciences. Evidence of excellence in research and demonstrated experience in teaching are required. Ability and desire to mentor/advise graduate students in interdisciplinary and theory-­‐driven ASPECT doctoral program are essential. ASPECT and the Department of Political Science encourage applications from a diverse pool of applicants. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, including at least one course to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program and there will be occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings. This position will begin August 10, 2018. Earned doctorate in political science or closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10,
2018. [Full Position Advertisement]


Date Posted: October 20, 2017
Applications Deadline: Screening of applicants begins December 04, 2017 and continues until position is filled.

Start Date: August 10, 2018
Position: Assistant Professor in Global Governance/International Policy Theory (tenure track)
Virginia Tech, Department of Political Science, ASPECT interdisciplinary doctoral program

The interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) and the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Postcolonial Theory and Global Governance/Globalization Theory with an emphasis on human security and sub-specializations in critical gender or race perspectives, the governance/management of displaced populations, urban/rural dynamics, and qualitative methodologies. Evidence of excellence in research and demonstrated experience in teaching are required. Ability and desire to mentor/advise graduate students in interdisciplinary and theory-driven ASPECT doctoral program are essential. ASPECT and the Department of Political Science encourage applications from a diverse pool of applicants. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, including at least one course to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program and there will be occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings. This position will begin August 10, 2018. Earned doctorate in political science or closely related field at the time of application or degree in hand by August 10, 2018. [Full Position Advertisement]