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    About the Position:
    Initial appointment for one year, with possibility of extension to a second year depending upon institutional needs, performance, and availability of funds. There is no guarantee of extension. Upon appointment, Fellows are paired with faculty supervisors responsible for directing work and optimizing professional development.

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    • Serve in the capacity of junior faculty and contribute to research and teaching at the USAWC.
    • Must possess expertise in disciplines relevant to the USAWC curriculum.
    • Demonstrate commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level.
    • Plans, researches, and writes information papers, monographs, and studies on assigned topics concerning the U.S. Army, as directed by Director, USAHEC, and Chief, HSD.
    • Applies knowledge of historical research methodology and appropriate sources to write narrative documents that provide a balanced, comprehensive, and factual analysis to provide historical context for Army and Department of Defense senior leaders.
    • Provides historical expertise and support to official and unofficial organizations, staffs, and individuals to increase understanding of Army history and USAHEC holdings and services.
    • Attends internal meetings and represents USAHEC and USAWC at external professional conferences, classes, and meetings.
    • Performs other duties as assigned by Chief, HSD.
    • Assist in all phases of required methodology development, research design, data collection and analysis activities.
    • Assists in collaborative research team coordination across USAHEC and the USAWC.
    • Assists in the preparation of briefing materials and support papers as required.
    • Prepares at least one article suitable for publication through the USAWC Press or other reputable publication in collaboration with USAHEC staff.
    • Conducts lectures and presents approved research findings at academic or other professional venues, as required.
    • Upon appointment, post-doctoral fellows are paired with supervisors responsible for directing the fellows' work and optimizing their professional development.
    • Performs other duties as directed by supervisor.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Domestic and/or international travel may be required up to 10% of the time.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
    • Must provide official college transcripts, upon request (unofficial transcripts are required for application purposes).
    • Must be available for employment no later than 1 January 2020.


    Who May Apply:
    U.S. Citizens

    To qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your résumé must clearly describe your relevant experience; your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is available at http://www.armycivilianservice.com/JOA/Transcripts.pdf (http://www.armycivilianservice.com/JOA/Transcripts.pdf).

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS/KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Applicants will be rated based on the criteria listed below:

    • Ph.D. from an accredited institution, completed no earlier than five years prior to the date of this announcement. Candidates may apply before completion, but the dissertation must be successfully defended before arrival.
    • Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the USAHEC research -e.g., history, defense or security studies, or American foreign policy.
    • Demonstrated potential for high-quality research, writing, and presentation that bridges the gap between theory and practice. The selection official will consider the scholarly merit and relevance of the candidate's samples of scholarship.
    • Ability to work collegially with senior military officers (both US and international) and government civilians, as well as a diverse USAHEC professional staff.
    • Record of scholarly research and publication-or evidence of great potential for such research and publication-in areas relevant to the curriculum, to include national security policy and strategy, international relations, political science, history, political economy, regional studies, and the strategic use of military force (assurance, deterrence, coercion, and compellence).
    • Refined oral and written communication skills, including the ability to speak to and brief senior Defense officials.
    • Additional expertise in areas related to military history, American foreign policy, and international relations will receive special consideration.
    • Postdoctoral fellows will primarily conduct research on topics related to the US Army and national security, and all written works produced will remain the property of the US government.


    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.

    For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications (http://www.opm.gov/qualifications) and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html (http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html).

    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency to be counted for this position. Please include this information in your résumé or curriculum vitae.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • One year trial period may be required.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
    • Include the job announcement number on your application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, etc.) will be reviewed by a specially appointed faculty supervisor to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness, National security

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    Required Documents

    Please see the list of requirements in the "How to Apply" section.

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates could contain personal information for someone other than the applicant. Redact these documents to remove the personal information of others before submitting your application. You may be asked to provide an un-redacted version of the documents to confirm your eligibility for selection.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the job announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes the items listed below. Applications must be postmarked or e-dated by the closing date of this job announcement. Please include the job announcement number on the application.

    Army network servers have an overall limit of 10 MB per email. To ensure delivery of your application, we recommend that applicants limit overall email size to no more than 5-8 MB. You may send documents in several emails to reduce overall size.

    The USAWC G1 will provide email confirmation of all received applications. If you do not receive delivery confirmation within three business days please contact the USAWC G1 at (717) 245-4596 or via email to


    Failure to provide these documents may result in disqualification for the position. Please note that this is not a Title 5 (General Scale) position, and the routine procedures for filing through the USAJobs.gov automated system should NOT be followed. Instead, please submit your complete application package and any requests for further information directly to Ms. Kathy Benton at the email address listed below.

    1. Cover Letter of application addressing the required KSAs and other qualifications, as listed in the QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED section above.
    2. Curriculum vitae or résumé.
    3. Proof of U.S. citizenship. (i.e., birth certificate, passport.)
    4. Samples of scholarship. Electronic format is preferred, as hard copies will not be returned without a self-addressed and metered envelope.
    5. Academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate level). Unofficial transcripts are required with your application submission. You must provide official college transcripts upon request.
    6. List of four professional references (include full contact information). References must be disinterested (i.e., persons who can affirm the candidate's qualifications but have no stake in the outcome of the selection).
    7. A short narrative of one page or less that describes how you would contribute to an atmosphere of diversity at the U.S. Army War College through teaching, scholarship, and/or service.
    8. Documentation supporting any request for Veteran's Preference (such as a DD Form 214 and/or VA statement of disability). The selection committee will consider veterans preference in its assessment of qualified candidates.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

    Both paper and electronic submissions are acceptable, but the latter is strongly encouraged. The preferred method of submission is by e-mail with .pdf attachments.

    Submit your complete application package and any requests for further information to:
    Ms. Kathy Benton
    U.S. Army War College
    Office of the G1
    46 Ashburn Drive (Anne Ely Hall, Room 233)
    Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013


    (717) 245-4596

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    The U.S. Army War College seeks a postdoctoral fellow to support the USAWC, the Army Staff, and others, with focused historical analyses to inform decision-making processes and outcomes. The USAWC is the U.S. Army's senior institution for professional military education. It educates the senior echelon of U.S. military officers of all services, U.S. government civilians, and military officers from up to 80 foreign countries yearly. The USAWC also conducts independent strategic analysis to develop recommendations for senior Army, Department of Defense, and other National Security leaders and decision-makers addressing a broad range of key national security issues.

    The US Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) at the USAWC seeks a postdoctoral fellow to provide historical analysis and context for senior Defense officials on matters of contemporary importance. Postdoctoral fellows at USAHEC conduct research to support the USAWC, Army staff, field Army, and joint and interagency staffs with focused historical analyses to inform policy and doctrine decisions. This fellowship is a civilian position at the USAWC as provided under Title 10, United States Code.

    Fellowships provide up to one year of support for individuals to conduct research after attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Duration of the fellowships is 9 to 12 months, beginning no earlier than 31 Dec 2019.

    Next steps

    The application review process to determine if you meet the experience and education requirements found in the job announcement begins upon the closing date of the announcement. A faculty supervisor will select fellows following a national search for the best talent in disciplines relevant to the U.S. Army War College curricula. Candidates' academic achievement, scholarly potential, innovative approach to research, teaching ability, and commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level will be considered.

    Please follow all instructions carefully, as failure to submit a complete application could invalidate your submission. In this regard, please be sure to read the HOW TO APPLY and REQUIRED DOCUMENTS sections.

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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/544831000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.