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Harvard University Postdoctoral Writing Fellows - STEM, Social Sciences, Humanities in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title Postdoctoral Writing Fellows - STEM, Social Sciences, Humanities

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Position Description

For the academic year 2021-2022, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ( GSAS ) at Harvard University seeks postdoctoral fellows in STEM , Social Sciences, and Humanities to serve as Writing Specialists in GSAS’s newly merged office for writing and fellowships: the Fellowships & Writing Center. Discipline-specific writing specialists will assist students with all genres of academic writing, including fellowship proposals.

FWC postdoctoral fellows will work as members of a team reporting to the Center’s associate director and working closely with the executive director and the Academic Programs team in GSAS . Responsibilities will include offering regular individual consultations to GSAS students on papers, theses, dissertations, fellowship proposals, presentations, talks, and other modes of communication, as well as designing, promoting, and leading small group workshops and events that will help GSAS students to communicate their research in addition to leading small writing groups focused on accountability and building a community for student writers. Fellows could be asked to contribute to the development of customized research support for current students, working with faculty and administrators in their area of expertise, or in other ways contribute to the development of innovative programming, as appropriate and where needed. At this time, it is expected that Harvard will be operating in person starting in the fall semester 2021, and FWC Fellows will be expected to be available to work on campus in Cambridge. Opportunities for professional development will also be available to the Fellows.

Applicants must have already successfully defended their doctoral dissertations in order to be considered for the position.

The application deadline is June 15, 2021.

Basic Qualifications


Strong written and oral communications skills, and demonstrable success in writing, publishing, and presenting academic work. Experience in advising, teaching, and providing feedback. Experience writing effective fellowship proposals desirable. Expertise in English as a second language and working with non-native English speakers is desirable. Ability to build relationships with students and connect discipline-specific communication to graduate students’ academic and career goals. Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty and administrators in delivering academic support programs. Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan and prioritize tasks and projects. Flexibility, openness to innovative pedagogy, and responsiveness to student needs. Strong service-oriented individual.

The appointment is for one year, non-renewable. To be considered for the position, please send (i) a cover letter describing your qualifications, reasons for your interest in the position, and long-term goals (ii) a curriculum vitae, (iii) names and contact information for three individuals who will serve as references, and (iv) a writing sample.

Additional Qualifications

Special Instructions

Contact Information

Jeannette Miller, Executive Director of the Fellowships and Writing Center

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 3

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