Boston University, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies

Position ID:BU-Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies-POSTDOCINISRAELSTUDIES [#19266]
Position Title: Two-Year Israel Studies Postdoctoral Associate at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Boston, Massachusetts 02215, United States [map]
Subject Area: Jewish Studies / Israel Studies
Appl Deadline:2022/01/30 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/08/24)
Position Description:    

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The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Associate Teaching Position in Israel Studies. This position, which is partly funded by a grant from the Israel Institute, D.C., is open to scholars in all fields of Israel Studies; preference will be given to scholars who can teach courses in contemporary Israel and the environment. The postdoctoral associate is expected to teach at least four full (4-credit) courses per year, in person, during the fall and spring semesters, two of which must focus on Israel, as well as curate four academic and/or public-facing events related to Israel over the course of each year of residence. We are particularly interested in courses that place Israel in a regional context, especially with a view to the management of natural resources (water and land management), sustainability, environmental justice, and regional conflict and cooperation. Courses should straddle scientific and social inquiry and contribute to the International Relations regional track in Africa and the Middle East, as well as to the functional track in Environment and Development. Courses offered in cooperation with the Department Earth and Environment may touch on the following, or other relevant issues: • Carbon-based and alternative energy, society, and the environment • Regional climate change, conflict, and sustainability • Israel and Middle East regional eco-systems and responses to climate change • Hydrology, irrigation, and desert agriculture • Eastern Mediterranean coastal ecologies and economies • Land management, biodiversity, and environmental justice The position provides a salary of USD 56,000 per year. We expect the postdoctoral associate to spend significant time on campus and make an effort to forge connections with faculty and students across schools and departments and help us build the curriculum in Israel Studies at Boston University. The postdoctoral associate may not undertake any other sustained teaching or employment during his/her tenure at Boston University. Application deadline for employment starting September 1, 2022, is January 30, 2022. The search will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should have earned the PhD within the past 5 years. Advanced doctoral students applying must include a statement from their dissertation supervisor indicating that they will have the Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2022. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically, in form of a single pdf, by email to, with “Israel Studies Postdoctoral Teaching application” in the Subject line: • A letter of intent, with a list of potential courses; • A current CV; • Past course evaluations (if possible); • Three letters of recommendation, emailed directly to in .pdf form • An official transcript from the applicant's doctoral-granting institution. All eligible applicants will be also vetted by the Israel Institute, D.C., and should submit a concurrent application online at

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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