Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in the Cognitive Science of Values

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

The Program in Cognitive Science, in collaboration with the University Center for Human Values invites applications for a postdoctoral or more senior research position in the Cognitive Science of Values. The successful candidate will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Tania Lombrozo, Department of Psychology.

We aim to support a highly promising scholar with a background in cognitive science or a related discipline, such as psychology, empirically informed / experimental philosophy, or formal epistemology. The scholar’s research agenda should address a topic that engages with both cognitive science and values, such as the role of moral values in decision making, or the role of epistemic values in belief revision. The proposed research is expected to yield both theoretical and empirical publications.

The candidate will be appointed in the Program in Cognitive Science, and will be invited to participate in programs of the University Center for Human Values.


Applications are welcome from candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D. by the start date, September 1, 2018. 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 the Program in Cognitive Science, the University Center for Human Values, and Dr. Lombrozo’s laboratory group.

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is one year, normally beginning September 1, 2018, with the expectation of renewal assuming satisfactory performance. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment. Princeton offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit an online application at  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). Please supply an indicative title for the project at the beginning of the proposal;

3.   A representative manuscript or publication;

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 November 17, 2017 for full consideration. We cannot accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by the end of the business day on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and applications lacking any of the elements listed above may be at a disadvantage. We will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

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.