Postdoctoral Scholar of the Medical Humanities, with an Emphasis on Literary and Cultural Studies 2019-2020

University of California Santa Barbara

United States



The Department of English seeks a postdoctoral scholar in the Medical Humanities, with an emphasis in Literary and Cultural Studies. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, literature and medicine (e.g., literary and medical history, biomedical ethics, physical and psychiatric illness narratives, disability studies, literature therapy, and humane healers training), as well as other inter-disciplinary areas (e.g., medical disparities, torture and international human rights, post-humanism, environmental health, digital and media technology in medicine).

Applicants must have a doctorate in Literature or a relevant field awarded by time of appointment. Applicants with a record of excellence in both teaching and research in the medical humanities are preferred. The appointment will begin July 1, 2019 and end June 30, 2020. The postdoctoral fellow will have wide latitude in researching medical humanities, and will be expected to teach two undergraduate courses over three quarters as a part-time Lecturer with the Department of English. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience in accordance with University of California policy.

Applicants will need to submit a two-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of research interests, teaching statement with proposed courses, and arrange to have three letters of reference submitted through UC Recruit. Candidates are also encouraged to submit a diversity statement, however this document is optional and not required. For primary consideration, applications must be completed by April 15, 2019.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.


Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Must be two pages.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Writing Sample

  • Statement of Research Interests

  • Statement of Teaching - Please include information on proposed courses (two) that would be taught during appointment.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. 

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required


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