Harvard University

Harvard University

Research Associate in Transcendence and Transformation

United States

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Title Research Associate in Transcendence and Transformation

School Harvard Divinity School Department/Area Center for the Study of World Religions Position Description

The Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School invites applications for a one-year paid research associate in Transcendence and Transformation (T&T), as part of the “Transcendence and Transformation” Database program. This is a benefits-eligible position. The appointment will begin on August 1, 2023 and end on July 31, 2024. The candidate will work under the supervision of the Director of the Center, Professor Charles Stang, on a research project focused on developing the conceptual structure and content of the T&T database; identifying, researching, and testing categories and concepts, as well as developing the workflow for entering and curating entries. In addition, the candidate will be expected to convene regular working sessions with other T&T researchers (postdoctoral fellows, affiliated research associates/fellows, and student research assistants) to discuss respective efforts around specialized research areas and content development. The candidate will work closely with the Center's Director and the Associate Director to ensure that the research work stays on track and meets the Database project's milestones. The Research Associate will serve as scholarly expert regarding the scope and objectives of the Database project, and will act as primary liaison with affiliated research groups, collaborators, and the Database's Editorial Board. Please note that CSWR research associates are expected to reside in Massachusetts and/or the New England area within commuting distance to the Center for the Study of World Religions. The Harvard rules regarding Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters apply . For more information please see this Harvard website: https: // www. harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/

Basic Qualifications

(1) Completed advanced degree in a relevant field (completed PhD) (2) Completed postdoctoral fellowship in related field (3) Evidence of research work relevant to that research project (4) Evidence of an ability to work independently and collaboratively

Additional Qualifications

Appointment may be renewed for up to 3 years based on research progress, CSWR's research and programming needs, as well as continued funding availability.

Special Instructions

Please note that a strong internal candidate has been identified for this new position.

Please also review this CSWR website for more information: https: // cswr.hds.harvard.edu/about/transcendence-and-transformation

Please submit the following materials with your application: (1) Curriculum vitae (2) Cover Letter (3) Description of research project (maximum of 300 words) (4) Writing sample (e.g. published article or chapter) (5) Names and email addresses of three references

Contact Information

Gosia Sklodowska, CSWR, Associate Director

Contact Email [email protected] Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required Maximum Number of References Allowed Keywords

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Writing Sample 1
  • Optional Documents

    Job details


    Research Associate in Transcendence and Transformation


    Harvard University


    United States


    May 25, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2023

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