Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate in the History of Aerospace

The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) and the Department of History at the University of Southern California

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: May 15, 2018

The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) and the Department of History at the University of Southern California seek applications from recent PhDs for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in aerospace history, beginning in the fall of 2018. The Institute on California and the West is a research and teaching collaboration between the Huntington Library and the University of Southern California (

The postdoctoral position will include research and teaching obligations at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. The postdoctoral fellowship is part of the Aerospace History Project, which is documenting the history of Southern California aerospace through acquisition of archival collections, scholarly publication, and oral history. The project embraces a variety of scholarly perspectives, from technology to labor, social history, race, gender, popular culture, and the environment.  The Postdoctoral Fellow will pursue her/his own research and will also contribute to the project by assisting with the oral history program and collection development opportunities.  The Fellow will also teach three undergraduate courses across the two years of the appointment.  Candidates should have a background in aerospace or Cold War history; history of science and technology; history of California and the West; or relevant fields; experience with oral history is desirable.  Candidates must have completed their PhD by August 2018. Fellows will be hired as University of Southern California employees and receive university benefits and a competitive salary.

To apply, please send a letter of application, c.v., thesis abstract, no more than two thesis chapters or articles, and the names of two scholars who can be asked to write confidential letters of recommendation to:

Professor William Deverell, Director
Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West
Department of History
SOS 153
University of Southern California
3502 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA  90089-0034

Emailed submission of application materials to is acceptable.  Applications are to be submitted by May 15, 2018.

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The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.

Posted: April 18, 2018