We’re Hiring: Postdoctoral Instructor in Human Rights


The Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago invites applications for a one-year, renewable post-doctoral instructor in Human Rights, beginning September 1, 2021.  Responsibilities include the design and teaching of three courses over three quarters, participation in the activities of the Pozen Center for Human Rights, and advising a small number of BA or MA theses. The salary is competitive, and the instructor will receive applicable University benefits, a professional development fund, and a relocation allowance.


We seek to attract an outstanding scholar whose work in the humanities or social sciences demonstrates excellence and addresses questions of lasting importance for the study of human rights. All applications are welcome and we especially encourage topics and approaches which include decolonizing methodologies and literatures, gender and sexuality, Third World approaches to international law, or a regional focus on the global south. Prior experience teaching undergraduates is preferred. The position requires a Ph.D. in a social science or humanities discipline and is open to applicants who will have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree no later than August 31, 2021.

Application Instructions

To be considered for the position you must submit your application through the University of Chicago Academic Job Opportunities site apply.interfolio.com/79055 and upload the following: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter discussing your interest and qualifications for the position; 3) a research statement addressing current and future research plans; 4) a teaching statement addressing teaching experience and philosophy; 5) a sample syllabus for an undergraduate human rights course; 6) one sample of scholarly writing (a published article or unpublished paper or chapter); and 7) the names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters will be solicited automatically by the application system. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications will begin on December 14, 2020, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at https://provost.uchicago.edu/statements-diversity.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email equalopportunity@uchicago.edu with their request.