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The Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research position in the history, politics, economics, religion, and/or culture of Iran and the Persian Gulf region in the 20th and/or 21st century, starting in September 2019. This full-time twelve-month position may be renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory performance and funding. The Center pursues a comprehensively interdisciplinary approach to advancing understanding 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.).  They are responsible for their travel and moving arrangements and expenses, and for accommodation in Princeton. 

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 and submit the following documents: (1) cover letter with title and summary (200 words) of proposed research project; (2) research proposal (max. 1600 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 DEADLINE: All materials, including letters, must be received by October 31, 2018 for full consideration. Preferred start date is September 1, 2019. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.
Essential Qualifications: PhD required. Postdoctoral Research Associates may not pursue another degree while in this appointment, nor may they hold any other fellowships or visiting positions concurrently. Appointment cannot be deferred to a later term. Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should have completed a PhD within the last three years although more senior candidates may be considered.
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