Visiting Research Scholar in Philosophy and Religion, Fall 2024

The Princeton University Philosophy Department and the University Center for Human Values invite applications for a Visiting Research Scholar position for Fall 2024. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Philosophy or Religious Studies (or related fields) and a strong record of research and teaching excellence. The appointment is expected to extend from September 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024.  

The candidate will be expected to devote the academic term to research, discussion, and scholarly collaboration on topics relevant to Lara Buchak and Andrew Chignell’s project “Philosophy, Religion, and Existential Commitment in Society” (PRECIS).  This is a new initiative of the Princeton Project in Philosophy and Religion ( No teaching is involved, but the selected candidate would be asked to lead an informal undergraduate reading group and give an undergraduate-accessible talk at some point during the term.  The individual will be expected to reside in or around Princeton or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to be on campus daily.  They will have an office in the Center for Culture, Society, and Religion and also participate in some regular events there.

Applicants should apply online. A complete application will contain the following materials: 

  1. a cover letter of application explaining their intellectual trajectory and what they would plan to do during the term at Princeton;
  2. a curriculum vitae;
  3. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,000 words).  The proposal should include a title for the project as a whole;
  4. a sample of writing of not more than 10,000 words (not including references); and
  5. contact information for two references. Referees will be contacted directly by email with instructions for uploading letters of reference. 

The deadline for submission is March 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET. The anticipated start date is on or about September 1, 2024, with some limited flexibility.

The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University.

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.