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ceriSCIENCES PO invites applications for a faculty appointment as an assistant professor in defence studies, tenure track, September 2015
The Center for International Studies (CERI) seeks outstanding candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Political Science specializing in defense studies. The successful candidate should demonstrate excellent academic credentials in the field of defense studies, with a special interest in war studies. Priority will be given to applicants whose work focuses on contemporary forms and modes of conflicts, such as:
– Asymmetric warfare (States v. rebel movements);
– Arms transfers and new weapon systems;
– The transformations of the “art of war”;
– Military power projection.
In both their research and teaching, the candidates are expected to develop a resolutely comparative approach, reaching beyond their specific area or topic of specialization and cross-analyzing multiple case studies. Knowledge and understanding of the various zones of war and conflict, “strategic fractures” and regional security systems will be a benefit.

The candidates’ scientific publications should reveal their ability to carry on innovative and peer-recognized research in defense studies. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate their effective participation in international scientific networks in this field. Amongst his or her duties, the successful candidate will be entrusted with the responsibility to build up and consolidate a fully-fledged research program in
defense studies within CERI. He or she will also be asked to undertake, or participate injoint endeavors between Sciences Po and its partners in the defense and security community, in France and abroad. Previous record in securing research funding will be considered an asset.

Duties include teaching at undergraduate (in Paris or in one of the regional Sciences Po campuses), master’s and PhD levels. The teaching load will comprise two classes of a total of 24 hours per academic year and other pedagogical activities (such as participating in examining boards, dissertation juries, supervising undergraduate or master’s thesis…) for a total of 40 hours per annum during the first three years
in the position. At the master’s level, within Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs and/or the School of Public Affairs, the successful candidate will be asked not only to teach individual classes but also, should the opportunity occur, to develop and supervise new teaching programs.
Teaching obligations, 2016-2018:
– Two classes of a total of 24 hours
– 40 hours of other pedagogical activities per annum
Teaching obligations starting 2019:
– Three classes of 24 hours each
– 56 hours of other pedagogical activities per annum
The classes might be taught either in French or in English.

Candidates are required to have a doctoral degree in Political Science or a related field (History, Sociology…).
Required documents include:
 A cover letter presenting, in particular, the candidate’s research interests;
 A detailed CV with a comprehensive list of publications and information about the candidate’s
previous record of teaching (including syllabi and, if available, teaching evaluations);
 A copy of the PhD diploma;
 A succinct description of the candidate’s research project (no more than 4000 words);
 A copy of the three most significant publications.
Applications are to be sent to:
Alain Dieckhoff, director of the Center for International Studies (CERI):
and Nadia Alexici, executive assistant:
Deadline for the applications: November, 15th, 2015.