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    About the Position:
    Postdoctoral fellows will work within the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations primarily conducting research to develop and build curricular materials but will also contribute to the Department's teaching and outreach missions. Fellowships may not be deferred or delayed. Fellowships may be extended a second year depending on the needs of the institution, performance, and availability of funds. There is no guarantee of extension.

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    • Provide up to one year of support for individuals to conduct research after attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree.
    • Serve in the capacity of junior faculty and contribute to research and teaching at the U.S. Army War College.
    • Must possess expertise in disciplines relevant to the U.S. Army War College curriculum.
    • Demonstrate commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level.
    • Conduct research on issues related to their area of expertise under guidance of a senior faculty member, primarily focused on the development of historical case studies for use in USAWC curriculum. Fellows have access to research resources at USAHEC.
    • Assist in planning and conducting student-faculty research activities.
    • Teach selected lessons in the core curriculum or co-teach an elective course under the guidance of a Department faculty member.
    • Publish at least one article through the U.S. Army War College Press or other reputable publications.
    • Conduct lectures and present research at academic or other professional venues.
    • Perform other duties as directed by supervisors.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel (domestic and/or international) may be required up to 25% of the time as required to conduct duties as listed above.

    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 provide official college transcripts, upon request (unofficial transcripts are required for application purposes).
    • Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements.


    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 by a panel of subject matter experts appointed with the purpose of identifying the best-qualified candidates. Upon appointment, post-doctoral fellows are paired with faculty supervisors responsible for directing the fellows' work and optimizing their professional development. Within the U.S. Army War College, fellows are assigned to the organization of the faculty supervisor. Fellows rely on their assigned organizations for office space, administrative support, official communication, and other necessities.

    1. Must possess a Ph.D degree in military history or similar focus.
    2. Record of scholarly research and publication-or evidence of great potential for such research and publication-in areas relevant to the curriculum, particularly as related to strategic uses of military power, theater-level operations, senior military leadership, military history and strategy, operational design, and evolving defense capabilities/concepts.
    3. Ability to prepare, teach, and lecture on subjects, when required, related to strategic uses of military power, theater-level operations, senior military leadership, military history and strategy, operational design, and evolving defense capabilities/concepts.
    4. Ability to conceptualize, design, and write historical case studies involving the use of military power in all of its various forms and functions to achieve national security objectives, for use in the U.S. Army War College curriculum.
    5. Refined oral and written communication skills, including the ability to coach students in research and writing.


    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 (résumé, supporting documents, etc.) will be reviewed by a specially appointed selection committee 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

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


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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

    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.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package that 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 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 the following documents may result in disqualification for the position:
    • Letter of application addressing the required KSAs and other qualifications, as listed in the QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED section above.
    • Curriculum vitae or résumé.
    • One sample of written scholarship not to exceed 50 pages. Electronic format is preferred, as hard copies will not be returned without a self-addressed and metered envelope.
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e., copy of birth certificate or passport) (Candidates may provide photocopies during the application process, but must provide official documents if selected.)
    • Academic transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are required with your submission; provide official college transcripts upon request.
    • List of two disinterested professional references (i.e., persons who can affirm the candidate's qualifications but have no stake in the outcome of the selection).
    • 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.
    • A short narrative of one page or less on how you would contribute to a culture of diversity at the U.S. Army War College through teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

    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 is the Army's most senior institution for professional military education. It educates the top echelon of U.S. military officers of all services, U.S. government civilians, and military officers from up to 80 foreign countries yearly. It develops strategic leaders by providing a variety of rigorous curricula of theoretical and professional subjects which leads to a Master of Strategic Studies accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Principal organizations of the USAWC are the School of Strategic Landpower, Center for Strategic Leadership, Strategic Studies Institute, Army Strategic Education Program, and the Army Heritage and Education Center. They work collectively to accomplish the institution's mission: "Educate and develop leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of land power."

    The USAWC seeks postdoctoral fellows with expertise in military history to conduct research related to historical case studies involving the use of military power to achieve national security objectives, with special emphasis on war and campaign planning and execution at the national and theater level. Additional expertise related to strategic studies, strategic thinking and decision making, strategic and operational art, research methodology, and wargaming will receive special consideration. Duration of the Fellowship is up to 12 months, beginning no earlier than 1 October 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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