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The Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego ( invites applications for postdoctoral positions for the 2020-21 academic year.

Research at cPASS targets new and emerging security issues such as emerging modes of conflict and new modes of deterrence. cPASS is devoted to applying innovative thinking and diverse methodologies (experiments, deductive modeling, statistical analysis, case studies, archival research and “big data”) to traditional security issues made more dynamic and difficult by the increased complexity of interstate competition and conflict. We emphasize a team-based, multi-method approach to research that combines qualitative and quantitative perspectives.

Postdocs will work closely with the Center Director in conducting cPASS research activities such as data collection, analysis, preparing project reports and manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, preparing and delivering oral presentations to diverse audiences, overseeing qualitative research or supervising project labs, and mentoring graduate and undergraduate research activities.

Qualifications Required and Preferred Academic Background:
Applicants are required to have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. A degree in Political Science, History, International Relations, Economics, or allied field is anticipated but other specialties may be appropriate, depending on an applicant’s interests and skills. Candidates will be assessed based on their expertise and knowledge of different key aspects of security studies and their ability to contribute to a diversified, integrated research team.

Appointment length:
The initial period of appointment will be for 12 months from the date of appointment. Renewal is possible with the approval of the Center Director. Some flexibility exists as to start date, but candidates should expect to be in residence in San Diego throughout the appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application Process:
Interested applicants should provide a curriculum vitae and letter describing their qualifications and the reasons for interest in the position. Additional materials may be requested after initial review. Please send all materials to with the subject line “cPASS Postdoc Fellow”. Review of applications will be ongoing. 

Lecturers and other Instructional Faculty

The Department of Political Science at UC San Diego invites applications in any subfield for temporary lecturer position(s). Appointment(s) may be part-time, full-time, quarterly, or annual with the possibility of renewal contingent on performance, curricular needs, and funding availability.

Qualified candidates will hold a PhD, professional degree, and/or have significant practical experience related to course content. Successful candidates will also have demonstrated accomplishments or potential in: teaching; scholarship and/or relevant professional accomplishments; and the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter summarizing teaching experience and potential course offerings, CV, teaching evaluations or contact information for one reference, and a brief statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions. Further information about this diversity statement is available at the Faculty Equity site. All application material must be submitted online at:

UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.


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Information for Prospective Applicants

UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to academic excellence and diversity. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at Diversity at UC San Diego.

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