Postdoctoral Research Associate in Values and Public Policy

The UCHV is not advertising for Postdoctoral Research Associate in Values and Public Policy positions for academic year 2022-23.

The University Center for Human Values and the School of Public and International Affairs invites applications for postdoctoral or more senior research positions in Values and Public Policy. We aim to support highly promising scholars trained in moral and political philosophy, political theory, normative economics, and related areas, in developing a research agenda in the ethical dimensions of public policy. 

Candidates undertake a research project exploring a normative problem in an area of public policy in which the School of Public and International Affairs conducts research. They are affiliated with the UCHV and an SPIA unit that can support their work. Candidates contribute the equivalent of one course each year to the undergraduate or graduate programs of the School or the UCHV. This contribution may be fulfilled by teaching a course on a topic related to ethical issues in public policy, subject to sufficient enrollment and approval by the Dean of the Faculty; or by service to the School or Center. If teaching a semester-long course, the successful candidate carries the additional title of Lecturer.


Applications welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start date. Applicants should not have more than two years of postdoctoral experience 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 values and public policy, but they will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to working on a research project in this area. Projects must be related to an area in which the School has a Center or Program (such as science and environmental policy, health and well-being, or globalization and governance). For more information about these and other areas, as well as a list of Centers and Programs visit:

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of previous accomplishments, promise of the proposed research project in values and public policy, and likelihood that the project will be enhanced by being carried out at the School of Public and International Affairs. Contribution to the University’s teaching program will also be considered.

Term of Appointment

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

How to Apply

Candidates must submit an online application.

A complete application will include the following materials:

  1. Current curriculum vitae;
  2. Research proposal (up to 1,500 words), conforming to the expectations stated above. Please identify the School of Public and International Affairs center or program with which you wish to be associated and briefly describe what you hope to gain from carrying out the project there. Supply an indicative title for the project at the beginning of the proposal;
  3. Scholarly paper or dissertation chapter (up to 12,000 words, not including bibliography) representing your scholarly achievement or potential;
  4. Contact information for two referees, who will be asked to comment specifically on your qualifications for the proposed project. Referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for uploading letters.

Materials must be submitted online by the application deadline.

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.