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Postdoctoral Researcher

Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Posting Number S01270 Position Title Postdoctoral Researcher Department History Department-1057 Job Category Staff Posting Position Type Grant Funded Full-Time Work Location On Campus Pay Type Salaried Salary Range
$55,125.00- $ 63,775.00
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Position Details
Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts university (founded in 1831) in Connecticut and home to the Center for the Study of Guns and Society, the first academic center in the United States dedicated to interdisciplinary humanities study and teaching on the social and cultural history of firearms. Established in April 2022, the center is a hub for pioneering interdisciplinary research on a wide variety of topics in firearms history, including the technologies, manufacture, possession, and use of firearms; the social and cultural underpinnings of gun ownership; and the nature and extent of gun-related violence in the U.S. relative to other countries. The center has an internal and external faculty advisory board, promotes collaborations with other universities and museums, hosts regular conferences and workshops, and is engaged in several research projects ranging from empirical studies of ballistics lethality to explorations of the history of guns in cinema. Information on the Center for the Study of Guns and Society can be found at .

Working under the direction of History Prof. Jennifer Tucker, Director of the Center for the Study of Guns and Society, and a team of project advisors from history departments around the U.S., the Postdoctoral Researcher will conduct archival research on 18th and 19th century firearms laws and sources on historical firearms use and regulations across multiple regions, contribute to a field guide and database of empirical findings, and participate in the writing and sharing of research papers in regular workshops and conferences.

Responsibilities include:
  • Gathering, organizing, and maintaining data to support research objectives;
  • Preparation of results for manuscripts and publication;
  • Assisting the PI in the organization of research project workshops;
  • Assisting with hiring and training of law students and undergraduate researchers;
  • Assisting with the assembly of a database of empirical findings;
  • Other duties as assigned.

This is an on-campus position located in Middletown, CT. Funding is available for two years. Ideal start date is between January 1 and March 1, 2024.

The Postdoctoral Researcher may have the option of teaching one undergraduate class, if they are interested, and have an opportunity to conduct and share their research at the Center's regular workshops and conferences.
Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in U.S. history or a related field such as legal history, social and cultural history, or history of technology.

Strong interest in the subject domain.

Strong writing and analytic skills.

Experience working in legal and other historical archives.

Demonstrated experience with historical data collection and analysis.

Demonstrated ability in collaboration and teamwork.

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Evidence of publication in peer-reviewed journals, whether published or manuscripts under-review.

Strong desire and ability to collaborate and present ongoing research.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience with data cleaning and preprocessing for analysis (including data management).

Ability to perform simple descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and data visualization.

Modeling and exploratory data analysis ( EDA ) to identify patterns, trends, and insights within datasets.
Special Instructions to Applicants
As a part of your application, please include the names and contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For full consideration, applications must be submitted by February 1, 2024 .
Additional Information
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate's completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.
Wesleyan offers a broad range of employee benefits and development opportunities, including comprehensive group insurance plans, wellness programs and incentives, generous paid time off and retirement plans. We also offer flexible work schedules, employee and dependent tuition programs, as well as access to Wesleyan's BLS & GLS programs for those who qualify (tuition is waived for up to 2 courses a term; some fees and taxes may apply).

Detailed information on the benefits of working at Wesleyan is located at: .
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