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The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University invites applications for postdoctoral research associate positions in the relevant fields of Iran and the Persian Gulf studies in the 19th – 21st century.


Anticipated to start in September 2021, the position is open to scholars of all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. This full-time twelve-month position is renewable annually for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and available funding. The Center promotes interdisciplinary approaches to advancing the study of Iran and the Persian Gulf, with special attention to the region’s role and significance in the contemporary world. The goal of the program is to support outstanding scholars of Iran and the wider Persianate world at an early stage of their careers and thus to strengthen the field of Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies in the United States and abroad.


In addition to their salary, postdoctoral researchers receive funding (up to $4,000 per academic year) for research related expenses (books, conferences, travel expenses, etc.). The Center provides office space and staff support as well as a taxable moving allowance to help defray domestic or international moving expenses. Postdoctoral researchers are required to be in residence in Princeton or the local vicinity, or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus on a daily basis and on short notice in order to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation. They are responsible for their own accommodations.


Applications are reviewed both by specialists in the candidate’s academic discipline and by an interdisciplinary group of scholars. All committee deliberations and decisions are confidential.


Candidates are required to apply online at %listing_link% and submit the following documents: (1) cover letter with title and summary of proposed research project (200 words); (2) research proposal (max.

1500 words), including description of project, bibliography, timetable, explicit goals, and the reason it is proposed to be pursued at Princeton; (3) curriculum vitae and list of publications; (4) sample chapter (in

English) of dissertation or other recent work; (5) contact information for three references.


DEADLINE: All materials must be received by Friday December 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST. Preferred start date is September 1, 2021. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.


Essential Requirements: Applicants should have less than three years postdoctoral experience.

Postdoctoral Research Associates may not pursue another degree while in this appointment, nor may they hold any other fellowships or visiting positions concurrently. Appointments cannot be deferred to a later term. Postdoctoral Research Associates are expected to be on campus most weekdays and be active contributors to the intellectual life of the Center.


Instructions for Applying: Complete the online application and click “Apply to this Posting” at the top of the posting details page.


Documents that can be associated with this posting: Cover letter, Statement of Research Interest, Resume/CV, Bibliography/Publications List, Writing Sample, Other Document 1


Proposed Start Date: 09-01-2021

End date, if a Term Appointment: 09-01-2022


Comments related to end date: This twelve-month position may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.


EEO Statement: Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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