History of International Relations (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

December 2, 2022

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW: History of International Relations

The Department of History at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the History of International Relations, with a focus on the twentieth century. The International Relations program’s interdisciplinary approach is global in scope, covering the core subjects of History, Political Science, and Economics. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, with concurrent appointment as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow.

This Postdoctoral position offers the opportunity for innovative and collaborative teaching and research at a leading academic institution and will provide the successful candidate with ample opportunities to contribute to UBC’s History Department and International Relations program and to interact with faculty and students from across the university. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be assigned a faculty member supervisor.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be appointed for two years, beginning 1 July 2023. Remuneration will be CAD $7,800.00 per 3-credit course (a total of $24,000 for the maximum three 3-credit courses per year) plus benefits with respect to the postdoctoral teaching fellow appointment, and CAD $36,000 plus benefits per year for the postdoctoral research fellow appointment. This Postdoctoral position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Applicants will have been awarded the Ph.D. within five years of the date of commencement of the position. Applicants currently finishing their PhD must complete all of the requirements of their program by the start date of the position.

Successful candidates will be expected to continue to pursue their research program and to carry a teaching load of three single-term courses. Successful candidates would be expected to teach undergraduate courses in a range of fields including twentieth-century world history, American foreign relations, international relations of the Global South, and modern military history.  Newly-designed courses reflecting the candidate’s research area will also be considered.


Applicants should apply only through the History Department’s International Resources website at https://hist.air.arts.ubc.ca/application-for-postdoctoral-research-fellow-history-of-international-relations/   Applicants should upload (in the following order, collated into a single pdf file):

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness such as student or peer evaluations
  • a list of current History Department undergraduate courses that the applicant could teach (courses listed here)
  • a one-page statement of research interests
  • a sample of written work
  • sample syllabus of a survey course in global history and/or International Relations

Applicants should also provide names and contact information for three scholars willing to provide a confidential letter of reference; we will request letters directly for candidates who advance in the search process.

Application should be submitted by 15 January 2023.

Questions about the position should be directed to Professor Richard Menkis at Richard.Menkis@ubc.ca.

To learn more about the Department of History, please visit https://history.ubc.ca/

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.