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Job: Marjorie McLean Oliver Postdoctoral Fellowship in the history of Classical Antiquity and/or Medieval Europe

10 Oct 2023 5:44 PM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

The Departments of History and Classics at Queen’s University invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the Marjorie McLean Oliver Postdoctoral Fellowship in the history of Classical Antiquity and/or Medieval Europe. The fellowship will be awarded initially for a two-year term commencing July 1, 2024, and will be up for renewal for an additional one-year term. The terms of the fellowship stipulate at the donor’s bequest that only candidates who identify as women are eligible for the position. Candidates must thus self-identify as female. A postdoctoral supervisor will be named based on the successful candidate’s field of specialization.

The successful applicant will be expected to maintain an active scholarly profile and to teach one half year course per year in their subject field, with the possibility of an additional course to be negotiated with the Chairs of History and/or Classics. The value of the fellowship in 2024-2025 will be $36,317. The teaching stipend is determined by the collective agreement and is approximately $9,334 per one-term course for a total of approximately $45,651 per year. An additional $2,000 per year has been allocated for academic travel and research. Applicants must have completed a PhD in a discipline relevant to the position’s terms prior to beginning the fellowship. Previous teaching experience and evidence of scholarly research and publication related to the terms of the position will also be considered an asset.

The university invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The university has policies in place to support its employees with disabilities, including an Accommodation in the Workplace Policy and a policy on the provision of job accommodations that take into account an employee's accessibility needs due to disability. The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Jenn Lucas at

Postdoctoral fellows at Queen's University are governed by two collective agreements. The terms of the overall appointment are governed by the Collective Agreement between PSAC 901, Unit 2 and Queen’s University. The candidate will also be appointed to a term adjunct teaching position, which is governed by the Collective Agreement between QUFA and Queen’s University. Information about these bargaining units, including the Collective Agreements can be found on the Faculty Relations Office’s website.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted electronically in a PDF format and include the following:

1) a cover letter that outlines current or proposed research project(s) to be pursued during the fellowship and ideas for courses the candidate would propose teaching;

2) a complete and current curriculum vitae;

3) letters of reference from two referees;

4) a writing sample such as a dissertation chapter or article; 

5) any other relevant materials the candidate wishes to submit for consideration such as a teaching dossier

Please arrange to have applications and supporting letters sent electronically to:

Applications will be received until 15 November 2023. Final appointment is subject to budgetary approval.

Please visit our websites for more information about the Department of History, the Department of Classics, and Medieval Studies at Queen’s University. Please direct inquiries to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Dr. Richard Greenfield

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