Available Positions

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European Studies Center (UCIS) has openings for Graduate Student Assistants during AY22-23!

The ESC is seeking applications for four openings in the coming academic year:

Detailed descriptions of each position is provided below.  Application procedures are similar for all three graduate student positions and can be found here.  Applicants for the Post-Doc should apply through Pitt's Talent Center (link below).

Post-Doctoral Associate:

The University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a one-year (with the possibility of renewal), full-time, twelve-month, appointment-stream (non-tenure-stream) postdoctoral associate beginning August 2022. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to contribute to the reconceptualization of European/area studies at the University of Pittsburgh, while also gaining valuable experience in higher education administration as an alternative academic (“Alt-Ac”) career.  The European Studies Center has embarked on a multi-year project to “reimagine area studies of Europe” to better serve students entering a new future of work. In addition to helping to advance this mission, this position will provide operational management of the European Studies Center and manage the ESC’s external grants in conjunction with the director of the center. The European Studies Center at Pitt is a nationally-recognized area studies center, which has received funding from both the U.S. Department of Education as a National Resource Center in European Studies and from the European Union, which has awarded it the distinction of “Center of Excellence” in EU Studies since 1998.  Academic duties will include: contributing to the intellectual development of the Critical Area Studies of Europe (CASE) and Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Area Studies (IDEAS) initiatives while aligning with Pitt’s Global Plan and strategic priorities of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS); overseeing the organization and implementation of a coherent events calendar for the center during the academic year; serving as lead instructor for “What Is Europe?” (Fall semester), which serves as a core introductory course for ESC certificate students and involves delivering lectures and coordinating guest lectures from ESC-affiliated faculty, and as lead instructor for a one-credit “Europe Today” course (Spring Semester), which will be organized in conjunction with the European Union Studies Association and feature guest lectures from EUSA’s board and membership.  Administrative duties will include:  managing existing grants, implementing planned grant activities, overseeing the collection of data for reporting purposes, and preparing grant reports; serving as the lead grant writer for additional new or renewing grants; ensuring timely submission of all grant proposals and reports; overseeing the academic programs of the European Studies Center, in coordination with the director and academic advisor;  working closely with departments and schools regarding new course development to support the mission of the ESC and to advance its current priorities;  coordinating international partnerships, including the Italian Fulbright and DAAD partnerships and their related visiting short-term visiting faculty members;  creating co-curricular and outreach programming in line with the ESC’s mission and in cooperation with the Center’s engagement coordinator and coordinator for activities, events, and partnerships; manage the center’s faculty and graduate student grant awards ; and work with the center’s financial administrator to ensure adherence to Center budgets. The Post-Doc must be able to work with minimal supervision, represent the center in a professional manner, work efficiently on multiple projects, understand budgets and exercise fiscal responsibility; and maintain good rapport with staff, faculty, students, and representatives of European and domestic partner institutions. Occasional travel and weeknight/weekend hours are required.
A ph.D. in a discipline relevant to European Studies and experience with area studies is required. Knowledge of Europe and the ability to speak a European language in addition to English is preferred. The Post-Doc will report to the Executive Director of Academic Affairs at UCIS and the Director of the ESC.
Applicants must have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including any oral defense, by May 15, 2022.
To be considered, please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position; a curriculum vita; a one-to-two page diversity statement discussing how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence; a writing sample or excerpt of no more than 20 pages including references and appendices; and email contacts for three recommenders.  Applications must be submitted through Pitt's Talent Center.
The salary is $55,000 and will include a variety of fringe benefits.
Questions can be directed to Allyson Delnore, Ph.D., Interim Director, European Studies Center, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, adelnore@pitt.edu.

Communications GSA:

The European Studies Center (ESC) at Pitt seeks a Graduate Student Assistant from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh to collect, manage, and maintain information relevant to Center activities, alumni, funders, and contacts; serve as editor for the Center’s Newsletter and weekly updates, and promote effective communication with Center constituents through a variety of traditional and new media channels.  The position is contingent upon approval of funding from the Dietrich School. If approved, the position would be for the 2022-2023 academic year, with the possibility of renewal.

The GSA must be able to work 20 hours every week during the fall and spring semesters.  The position will cover full tuition and most fees (except the student activity fee), individual health insurance coverage, and a monthly stipend for 8 months. (Stipend will be based upon standard University rates which have not yet been announced for the 2022-2023 academic year. See https://gradstudies.pitt.edu/funding/stipends/stipend-rates for current year’s rates.)

Duties and Qualifications:

  • Primary responsibility for communications through the Center’s social media outlets, implementation and continual refinement of the Center’s social media strategy in coordination with Center staff and UCIS Marketing and Communications team.
  • Edit four issues per year of the Center’s Newsletter highlighting Center activities and faculty and student research related to Europe.  Write articles as needed.
  • Coordinate the production of other print and electronic communications, including a Weekly Update, social media cards, and/or other publications with Center staff. 
  • Assist in maintaining the ESC contact and activities databases and mailing list – enter and delete names and related data, alter database as needed.
  • Prepare reports from the database and social media analytics as needed for ESC reporting requirements and grant proposals.
  • Other duties as assigned by ESC staff.

Skills:

  • Excellent writing skills with ability to connect with different audiences required.
  • Strong computer skills desired, knowledge of InDesign strongly preferred; knowledge of MS Access helpful
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and strategies highly desirable
  • Professional demeanor, highly organized, detail-oriented
  • An interest in Europe is preferred but not required

**Interested students must be enrolled in or entering the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.  Apply Now!

Events Coordinator GSA:

The ESC seeks a qualified graduate student from GSPIA for a Graduate Student Assistantship as an Events Coordinator to help plan and execute a variety of Center events, including high school outreach, conferences, simulations, and workshops, held throughout the academic year. The position is for the 2022-23 academic year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

This position is contingent upon approval of grant funding, which will be confirmed in June or July, most likely.  If grant funding is not awarded, the position will be modified into a half-time GSA (all of the following information will be decreased by half).  If fully funded, the GSA must be able to work 20 hours every week during the fall and spring semesters.  The position will cover full tuition and most fees (except the student activity fee) and includes a monthly stipend for 8 months. (Stipend will be based upon standard University rates which have not yet been announced.  See the current years’ rates here: https://gradstudies.pitt.edu/funding/stipends/stipend-rates.)

The ideal candidate will have a strong general background or interest in event planning and an understanding of Europe (contemporary or historical).  Excellent communication and organization skills required.  Proficiency in a European language other than English preferred, but not required.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Tracking events and attendance through the Center’s Activities Database/ Calendar, ensuring all calendars are updated. 
  • In consultation with and guidance from the ESC staff, assist with the coordination and logistical planning for 2-3 conferences per year, 7-8 videoconferences, 2 simulations, 3-5 workshops, various visits, and other events as needed.  (Some Saturdays may be required, with advanced notice.)
  • Supporting high school and college-level Model EU simulations, including presiding at both simulations.
  • Produce high-quality flyers for events and disseminating information about events.
  • Coordinate with and assist the ESC Communications GSA in electronic/social media communications and/or publications.
  • Assisting in data collection to support the Center’s grant reporting responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned by ESC staff.

**Applicants must be enrolled in or entering the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs GSPIA.  Apply Now!

Critical Area Studies of Europe (CASE) GRA (50% appointment):

The European Studies Center (ESC) has an opening for a half-time Graduate Student Assistant for AY 2022-23. The ESC at the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) has embarked on a multi-year mission to re-think, re-imagine, and re-define what area studies and a traditional area studies center are and what we do.  This initiative, the Critical Area Studies of Europe (CASE) initiative, means that future programming, scholarship, teaching, and community engagement should reflect the larger goal of understanding our world and preparing students for the demands of a globalized and international workforce.

The ESC thus seeks a half-time (50%) Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) for the 2022-23 academic year.  The primary responsibilities of this GSA position will be to assist the Interim Director and Associate Director of the Center in advancing the mission of the ESC by identifying significant research clusters related to a reimagining of European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, researching external scholars, centers, and practitioners who are rethinking how we study Europe, identifying “experts” for Center programming, and assisting in the intellectual organization of upcoming pre-professional speaker series and an academic conference.  The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of contemporary or historical Europe, have conducted research related to Europe, and present evidence of their ability to work and to consider research issues across many disciplines. 

This position is contingent upon approval of external funding, which may not be confirmed until June or July 2022. If funding is awarded, the selected GSA must be able to work 10 hours every week during the academic year.  The position will cover half tuition (6 credits) and most fees (except the student activity fee) and includes a monthly stipend for 8 months. (Stipend will be based upon 50% of the standard University rates.  For the current years’ rates, see https://gradstudies.pitt.edu/funding/stipends/stipend-rates.)  Graduate student insurance coverage is also provided.

Duties and Qualifications:

  • Work with the Director and Associate Director to identify potential speakers for the Center’s different lecture and speaker series related to CASE.
  • Assist in researching innovative approaches to “area studies” and identify key scholars or practitioners as potential speakers for CASE programming.
  • Engage with Pitt and ESC alumni to identify potential mentors for current ESC students as well as panelists for alumni panels.
  • Prepare reports from the database (and other sources) as needed for ESC reporting requirements and grant proposals.
  • Other duties as assigned by ESC staff.

Skills:

  • Excellent writing skills with ability to connect with different audiences required.
  • Works well independently, takes initiative.
  • Strong academic and internet research skills required.
  • A demonstrated understanding of Europe and experience researching a topic related to European studies.
  • Creative thinker open to approaches from many different disciplines.
  • Professional demeanor, highly organized, detail-oriented.
  • A knowledge of a European language other than English preferred, but not required.

**Interested students must be enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and SciencesApply Now!

To apply:

Any continuing or incoming graduate student (in good standing) who is interested in any of the above positions should send a letter of interest, a resume or curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references to europeanstudies@pitt.eduThe subject line should clearly indicate to which position you are applying "Communications GSA Application", "Events GSA Application", or "CASE GRA Application".  Please be sure to pay particular attention to requirements of the position before applying.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and until the position is filled.  Interviews (remote or in person) will be required.  The selection committee aims to complete interviews by the end of April.