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

You may submit an online application at  The online system includes instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Maureen Killeen, or +1 609-258-2739 with questions related to the application process before 5 p.m. EST on Thursday December 15 as our offices are closed at 11:59 p.m. EST.

A complete application will include the following materials:

1.   A current curriculum vitae;

2.   A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words). Please supply an indicative title for the project at the beginning of the proposal;

3.   A scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 12,000 words) representing your scholarly achievement or potential;

4.   Contact information for three referees, who will be asked to comment specifically on your qualifications for the proposed research project. Referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for uploading letters of reference.

These materials should be submitted online by Thursday December 15, 2016. We cannot accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by end of the business day on Monday, December 19, 2016. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and applications lacking any of the elements listed above may be at a disadvantage.

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.