Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy and Religion

The University Center for Human Values, the Department of Religion, and the Department of Philosophy invite applications for two inaugural postdoctoral positions in the new Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion (PPPR). We aim to support highly promising scholars who are trained in philosophy of religion, the religious thought of some historical period or culture, theories and methods in the study of religion, or related areas, in developing a research agenda in philosophy of religion broadly-construed.

Candidates selected will be affiliated with the University Center for Human Values and invited to participate in its programs, as well as in the activities of the Departments of Religion and Philosophy. Candidates will be expected to contribute the equivalent of one course each year to the University Center and/or the Departments.  This contribution may be fulfilled by teaching a course on a topic related to the philosophy of religion (subject to approval by Project Directors, the Department Chair or Chairs, and the Dean of the Faculty) or service to the Project or Center of some other sort, subject to approval of the Project and Center directors.


Applications are welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start date, September 1, 2019. 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.

Applicants' dissertation research need not be specifically in philosophy of religion, but successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to working on a research project in this area (again, broadly-construed) during their time at Princeton. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant's previous work, the promise of the proposed research project, and the likelihood that the project will be enhanced by being carried out at Princeton. The capacity to contribute to the University's teaching program will also be considered.

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2019, with the expectation of renewal for one further year assuming good performance. Applicants are expected to be in residence in Princeton for the duration of the appointment.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit an online application at and include the following materials:

1. A current curriculum vitae;

2. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,200 words), conforming to the expectations stated above.  The proposal should include a title for the project as a whole.

3. A scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (not to exceed 10,000 words) that best represents their scholarly achievement or potential;

3. A sample syllabus for a course in philosophy of religion, broadly-construed;

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

In order to ensure a full review, these materials should be submitted online by Monday, November 19, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST, and letters of reference should be submitted by end of business day on Monday November 26, 2018.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled, but applications lacking any of the elements listed above by November 26 may be at a disadvantage. Decisions will be announced in late March 2019. 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.