Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Cognitive Science of Values

The University Center for Human Values and the Program in Cognitive Science invite applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research position in the Cognitive Science of Values. We aim to support a highly promising scholar with a background in cognitive science or a related discipline, including empirically informed and/or experimental philosophy, whose research agenda focuses on understanding social and/or moral cognition, and its implications for normative theories.  

The candidate will be affiliated with the Program in Cognitive Science, and will also be expected to participate in programs of the University Center for Human Values. Please note that the candidate will not be expected to have a further affiliation with a laboratory or a particular faculty advisor; the candidate must be able to successfully conduct research without such additional affiliations. The candidate will be expected to contribute the equivalent of one undergraduate course each year, listed jointly with the Program in Cognitive Science and the University Center for Human Values, subject to sufficient enrollment and approval by Program/Center Directors and the Dean of the Faculty.


Applications are welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start date, September 1, 2017. Applicants should not have held the degree for more than three years by the date of appointment. They may not be employed by another institution during the term of their Princeton appointment.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s previous accomplishments, the promise of the proposed research project in the cognitive science of values, and the applicant’s ability to contribute to the intellectual life of both the Program in Cognitive Science and the University Center for Human Values. The capacity to contribute to the University’s teaching program will also be taken into account.

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2017, with the expectation of renewal assuming good performance. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment. Princeton offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

How to Apply

The search has closed and applicants have been notified of the decision.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Princeton University 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.