Research Faculty

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

ID: 7077597
Posted: April 23, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The George Mason University, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at (Mason) seeks a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Military History who will work on research projects generated in collaboration with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). These projects will assist the DPAA’s mission to provide the fullest possible accounting for the nation’s missing personnel from past conflicts abroad. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Position:

The fellow hired for this position will join the team of digital historians at RRCHNM, a team that includes three other digital history postdoctoral fellows working on a wide variety of projects. We seek a scholar of the highest caliber who will bring new ideas, new energy, and a commitment to collaborative and collegial work at America’s original digital humanities center. In a continuing effort to enrich Mason’s academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from all job seekers including members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education.

This fellowship is a collaboration between two mission-driven organizations. RRCHNM’s mission is to democratize access to historical information. Work at the Center is highly collaborative, including faculty, staff, and students in multiple projects and candidates should demonstrate a past record of working in teams and/or collaborative environments. Candidates should engage with our mission statement ( in their cover letter.

The mission of the DPAA is to provide the fullest possible accounting for America’s missing personnel to their families and the nation. The DPAA fulfills our nation’s obligation by maximizing the number of missing personnel accounted for while ensuring timely, accurate information is provided to their families. DPAA’s work is rooted in values that include compassion, integrity, teamwork, respect, and innovation. A top candidate for this position will have the interpersonal skills necessary to coordinate with a variety of stakeholders while adhering to DPAA’s values and at all times maintaining respect for the sensitive nature of the work. Candidates should engage with the DPAA’s mission ( in their cover letter.


The projects the fellow will undertake will be either (1) identified by DPAA and assigned to the postdoctoral fellow for further development or (2) proposed by the fellow and approved by the DPAA. The DPAA will provide project oversight, policies, procedures, and templates for all research projects. The priorities of these projects will be determined by the DPAA;
The fellows will provide regular updates to the DPAA, and occasional updates to other relevant parties;
The Postdoctoral Fellow may be invited to contribute to the teaching of military history at George Mason as a guest lecturer or by conducting workshops for faculty. While the Postdoctoral Fellow will not have any required teaching responsibilities there may be an opportunity to teach up to one course per year.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in history by first day of employment;
Candidates must have prior experience as creators of digital history products.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in teams;
Teaching experience in digital military history;
A demonstrated thoughtful approach to teaching and learning military history.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply at; Complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Additionally, applicants must submit a one-page statement which describes how he or she will contribute to the university’s mission as a diverse public university, (as Other doc).


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