Postdoctoral Researcher in East European, Russian/Eurasian Studies

University of Chicago Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

United States


The department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, with support of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, invites applications for a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor. We seek a scholar who specializes in Russia/Eurasia and Eastern/Central Europe and who will further their own research at the University of Chicago. The selected candidate is expected to be in residence and conduct their own research under the mentorship of a faculty member. Further requirements include teaching two courses in the Russian Civilization sequence and participating in CEERES educator outreach activities. The position is open to applicants trained in any humanities or social sciences discipline.  

In the tradition of the University of Chicago Civilization courses, Introduction to Russian Civilization focuses on the close reading of primary sources to understand ideas, events, cultural patterns, and social change. The course is usually taught as a discussion or a combination of lectures and discussions. Within this general framework, the selected candidate will have the autonomy to select the texts and to structure the course as they wish. For a description of the course, please see above link.

The selected candidate is also expected to participate in the Center’s outreach activities while they are in residence. Possible educator outreach activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Class visits to City Colleges of Chicago or Chicago Public schools
  • Presentations at educator outreach programs such as International Education Conference or the Summer Institute for educators, or other programs.
  • Public presentations based on their research to local community organizations and/or public libraries.

The initial position will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment for one additional year upon satisfactory review and contingent upon the continued availability of federal funding. The position is benefits-eligible.


Applicants must have completed all requirements for receipt of the PhD degree in a field related to the area of the position prior to the start of the appointment, including officially filing the dissertation, and must have no more than five years of cumulative experience working in a tenure track position following receipt of the PhD.

Application Instructions

Complete application materials include:

  • CV;
  • cover letter;
  • statement of research interests;
  • a writing sample;
  • a teaching statement addressing the applicant’s preparation to teach in the Russian Civilization sequence;
  • and the names and contact information of three individuals familiar with the work of the applicant from whom letters of recommendation may be requested.

All materials must be submitted at the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruiting website at no later than 11:00pm central time on April 12, 2021. Additional materials may be requested at a later stage in the application process. For questions please email Tracy Davis at

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