Postdoctoral Research Associate: Science of Human Flourishing and Ethics

Location: Baylor University

Department: Psychology and Neuroscience 

Standard Hours: 40, full time, exempt

Start Date: June 1, 2020

End Date: May 31, 2023 

Reports to: Dr. Sarah Schnitker


Dr. Sarah Schnitker at Baylor University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct scientific studies related to academic signature area of Human Flourishing, Leadership and Ethics of its Illuminate Strategic Plan ( Our intent is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and grant-making through hiring a post-doctoral research associate to work with multiple faculty involved in the scientific study of virtues, character strengths, and religiousness/spirituality. The post-doc scholar will work on a variety of projects across one or more areas of emphasis: understanding the mechanisms of virtues, virtue and religious development, virtue development in sport, virtues and technology, and religion and virtuous intergroup engagement.  The post-doc scholars will collaborate with some or all of the associated Baylor faculty listed below, as appropriate to their training and career goals.

Primary Faculty: Dr. Kevin Dougherty, Sociology

Dr. Perry Glanzer, Educational Leadership

Dr. Angela Gorrell, Practical Theology

Dr. Andrew Meyer, Health, Human Performance and Recreation

Dr. Wade Rowatt, Psychology

Dr. Sarah Schnitker, Psychology

Dr. JoAnn Tsang, Psychology

Dr. Jeremy Uecker, Sociology

For this position, we are seeking a researcher with one or more of the following: (1) advanced expertise in data analysis and modeling, (2) advanced expertise in experimental design, and/or (3) advanced expertise in intervention science and applied research.  

This 3-year, temporary position begins June 1, 2020.  


Under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Schnitker (or an appropriate alternate supervisor from the list of primary faculty members) and in collaboration with the faculty listed above, the post-doc will:

  • Conduct research and publish findings:
  • Manage existing and new datasets. 
  • Analyze data from existing datasets.  
  • Contribute and/or oversee study design, ethics review, data collection, and data analysis for new research projects.
  • Publish articles in peer-review journals
  • Present findings at conferences.
  • Provide supervision and mentoring to graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Provide support to grant projects as needed (e.g., writing update reports, assisting with conferences).
  • Assist in grant writing.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

Qualified applicants will have a doctorate with research experience in a relevant area of psychology, sociology, statistics, education, public health, etc. Expertise in one or more of the following is required: (1) advanced expertise in data analysis and modeling, (2) advanced expertise in experimental design, and/or (3) advanced expertise in intervention science and applied research.  

Experience with qualitative methodology and analysis is desired but not required.  Strong writing skills are required. Additional required competencies include demonstrated abilities to engage in: analytical and strategic thinking; relationship building and networking; versatility; project management; and time and priority management.


Compensation is competitive and includes comprehensive benefits (i.e., medical, dental, vision, disability).

To apply, candidates should apply by submitting the following to

  1. A cover letter describing of your research experience, interests, and goals.
  2. A CV.
  3. A research-based writing sample.
  4. Names and contact information for three professional references. 

Funding opportunity: call for proposals on gratitude to God

Biola University, with the help of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and under the direction of Peter Hill and Robert Emmons, welcomes proposals from various disciplines to investigate questions that concern gratitude to God*. Letters of intent are due January 29th, 2020.

Proposals may be for projects that utilize the methodologies of the psychological sciences, philosophy, theology, or religious studies. Empirical projects may be multi-method, qualitative, theoretical, cross-cultural, employ behavioral measures, or incorporate developmental approaches (though none of these are required). For the empirical projects, experi­mental methodologies are encouraged. There are four separate award competitions: (1) empirical large grants, (2) empirical early career grants, (3) non-empirical large grants, and (4) non-empirical early career grants. Total funding available for this RFP is $2.8M. For more instructions and more information, visit Queries may be sent to

We anticipate proposals for empirical and non-empirical projects that address one or more of the questions listed below:

  • What is the basic structure of gratitude to God? How does gratitude to God differ from gratitude to others?
  • Why and how do people express gratitude to God or fail to?
  • How is cosmic gratitude an alternative to gratitude to God?
  • What functions does gratitude to God serve?

*For the sake of this proposal and the anticipated projects that we hope it generates, we are using the term “God” to encompass the supreme God of monotheistic traditions, as well as other supernatural or superhuman beings with agency and powers (gods, spirits, ghosts, saints), whether personal or impersonal, with capacities to “make things happen or prevent them from happening, especially obtaining goods and avoiding bads” (Smith, 2017, p. 22). The phrase “personal or impersonal” implies that the superhuman powers may or may not be believed to possess consciousness, intentions, feelings, desires and other properties of the mind. We use the term “cosmic gratitude” in the RFP to depict the state that is felt by people who are inclined to feel gratitude for things not plausibly attributable to human agency nor to a personal supernatural or superhuman agent (Roberts, 2014).

The Seminary to Early Ministry Study at Duke University is hiring a Postdoctoral Associate in Research

The Seminary to Early Ministry (SEM) Study, a joint initiative between Duke Divinity School and the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research invites applications for an Associate in Research, beginning in spring/summer of 2020. The initial appointment will be made for one year, with the minimum of an additional two years available upon satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will support all research aspects of the SEM Study, including instrument design, qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, writing manuscripts for peer-review, supervising students and data collection staff, and advancing the intellectual rigor of the study. The position requires a PhD in sociology or a related discipline and research interests in clergy, congregations, and/or theological education. The SEM Study is mixed methods and we welcome people with expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative methods. More information and how to apply can be found at: Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is found.