Open Academic Positions

Nancy and Robert J. Carney Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Art & Architecture

Rice University: School of Humanities: Art History
Location: Houston, Texas
Open Date: Apr 16, 2021
Best Consideration Deadline: May 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Applications being accepted through May 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

The Department of Art History at Rice University invites applications for a one-year Nancy and Robert J. Carney Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Art and Architecture, with the possibility for a second-year renewal. The successful candidate will have record of engagement in Medieval art and/or architecture, broadly defined. We welcome any specialization, including Byzantine art in the east and Early Christian to Late Gothic art in the west. We expect candidates to be engaged with a wide range of visual material from, and alert to diverse methodological approaches to, the period.

The successful candidate will spend at least half of their time at Rice working towards the publication of a substantial research project based on their own research interests. As a part of this process, the Fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor and is expected to present work-in-progress in an annual faculty workshop. The successful candidate will develop and teach one course each semester related to their ongoing research and demonstrate an ability to work with other intellectual clusters on campus, including Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations. The department has close relations with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Menil Collection, both of which have rich collections of medieval art.

Letters of reference will only be requested for selected finalists. We hope that the state of public health will allow the post-doctoral fellow to begin residency at Rice the summer of 2021. If that is the case, then the Fellowship will run from July 2021 to June 2022.

The fellow will receive a salary of $60,000 and a research budget of $3,000, as well as standard benefits. Must have a PhD in any discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences in hand by July 16, 2021, the beginning of the Fellowship.

Applicants will submit the following materials with their application: cover letter describing their interest and presenting the research project they intend to pursue while a fellow, a C.V., a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Three references from whom we can request letters of recommendation MUST be included in the application. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by May 1, 2021. All applications must be submitted through Interfolio:

Rice University is a private, comprehensive research university located in the heart of Houston’s dynamic museum district and adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across eight schools and has a student body of c. 4000 undergraduates and c. 3300 graduate students. Rice is consistently ranked among the top 20 national universities and was recently rated third in undergraduate teaching (2019 US News & World Report); its endowment ranks among the top 20 of US universities. Its hallmarks include a high level of faculty research activity; a 6:1 student- faculty ratio; a commitment to fostering diversity; and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders.

Education Required:
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate

Any discipline in the humanities or social sciences

Education Preferred:
History of Medieval art and/or architecture

Skills Required:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as oral presentation skills
- Organization and time management skills
- Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analyses
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the history of art and/or architecture
- Ability to work in a collaborative environment
- Ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction

Skills Preferred:
Experience teaching undergraduate students

Physical Demands:
Working in an office and classroom environment

Working Conditions:
Regular office and classroom environments

Security Sensitive:
As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Essential Personnel:
Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency

Application Instructions
Application Materials:
- Cover letter describing their interests and presenting the research project they intend to pursue as the Nancy and Robert J. Carney Postdoctoral Fellow
- CV + names and contact emails of three faculty members and/or employers who would be willing to provide recommendation letters upon request
- Writing Sample (no more than 30 pages)

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