Postdoctoral Research Associate in Values and Public Policy, The University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, USA

Publish Date: Aug 19, 2015

Deadline: Nov 16, 2015

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Values and Public Policy

The University Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs invite applications for postdoctoral 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 to develop a research agenda in the ethical dimensions of public policy.

Candidates selected will undertake a research project exploring a normative problem arising in an area of public policy in which the Woodrow Wilson School conducts research. They will be affiliated with a unit of the School that can inform and support their work. They will also be invited to participate in programs of the University Center for Human Values. Candidates will be expected to contribute one course each year to the School’s undergraduate or graduate program on a topic related to ethical issues in public policy, subject to sufficient enrollment and approval by the Dean of the Faculty.


Applicants must have completed the requirements for the Ph.D. by September 1, 2016 and must not have held the degree for more than three years by that date. 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 during their time at Princeton. 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, democratic institutions and processes, information technology policy or globalization and governance). For more information about these areas, please consult

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s previous accomplishments, the promise of the proposed research project in values and public policy, and the likelihood that the project will be enhanced by being carried out at the Woodrow Wilson School. 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, 2016, 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 competitive salary and employee benefits.

Application Procedure

Candidates should submit an online application at Search for requisition number #1500459. The online system includes instructions on how to apply.

A complete application will include the following materials:

1.  A current curriculum vitae;

2.  A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words), conforming to the expectations stated above. Please identify the Woodrow Wilson School center or program with which you wish to be associated and briefly describe what you hope to gain from carrying out the project there. Also 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 two 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 Monday, November 16, 2015. We cannot accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by end of business day on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and applications lacking any of the elements listed above may be at a disadvantage. Decisions will be announced by Friday, March 4, 2016.

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

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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