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Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD)

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 1st, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Nov 29, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD) at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position for the 2020-2021 academic year.

These awards are designed to promote high-quality research on the challenges and institutions of international economic diplomacy in a changing world. Research projects that seek to understand the causes and consequences of the institutions of economic globalization (e.g. GATT/WTO, FTAs, BITs, IMF, World Bank, Fast-Track, TPA, RTAA, etc) are particularly welcome. Commercial diplomats operate within a set of domestic and international institutions that governs their behavior in international negotiations. But we know little about the specifics of these rules and procedures, how they came into being, how they vary over time and across countries, and how they affect economic outcomes. Post-doctoral research on the institutions of economic globalization can help answer questions about the welfare and distributional consequences of these institutions and, ultimately, result in the better design of these institutions.

Outstanding scholars anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. The Center invites applications from candidates with a background in Economics, Political Science, Economic History, Legal History, or other disciplines bearing on the study of Economic Diplomacy. Selected candidates will be required to be in residence for the duration of the appointment (September 28, 2020 – June 11, 2021), and to interact with faculty and Ph.D. students, giving at least one research talk. Selected fellows are also expected to attend CCD events and related seminars, and to post their research on the CCD website.

Application Deadline: Applicants should apply by Friday, November 29, 2019, for full consideration; however, the posting will remain open until filled.

Application Process: All candidates must use the online application process to submit materials at:

Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. or receive a Ph.D. degree in Economics, Political Science, Economic History, Legal History, or other disciplines related to the study of Economic Diplomacy by the start of appointment.

Referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for submitting a confidential recommendation on your behalf. Letters of reference are to be submitted by the end of business day on December 6, 2019. Complete your application well before the deadline so that references can be submitted in a timely manner.

Salary - Rank and salary will be contingent on qualifications. CCD Fellows will receive applicable UCSD benefits, a taxable moving allowance, and a research fund.

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in February 2020. These positions are subject to the UCSD’s background check policy.

For more information about the Center for Commercial Diplomacy fellowship program, please contact Alexandra Hubenko, Executive Director, at

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. that includes publications.

  • Cover Letter - Applicants should explain their scholarly career, prospective or actual doctoral defense date, and academic interests.

  • Statement of Research - 2,000-word description of the proposed research project, including its specific objectives, importance, and research design

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Writing Sample - Limit of 100 pages.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)