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Postdoc-Developing Belief Positions

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 2nd, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Childhood Cognition Lab ( at the University of California, Riverside is inviting applications for a Full-Time post-doc position to join the Developing Belief Network (Project Directors: Rebekah Richert and Kathleen Corriveau). A 5-year John Templeton Foundation grant funds the development of a research initiative designed to bring together a network of scholars interested in cross-cultural study of the development of religious cognition and behavior. This post-doc will have the exciting opportunity to work with an international network of scholars to build a collaborative research methodology, which will involve training in cross-cultural validation of measures and collection of an expansive and global data set on the development of supernatural beliefs in the first 10 years of life.

The post-doc will be an active member of a team, working collaboratively with PIs Richert and Corriveau, with a post-doc and Research Scientist at Boston University and with representatives from Databrary. Each post-doc will oversee 4 research teams (their home institution plus 3 others). This oversight will include coordinating with site PIs on task translation and in training and implementation of data collection. In addition, the post-docs will take a lead role in surveying existing literature for appropriate tasks (resulting in submission of review papers), and in data analysis and manuscript writing as data are collected. Time permitting, the scholar will also be encouraged to develop and conduct independent research.

UCR is a world-class research University with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Postdoc salary will be $53,460-$61,800 depending on experience.


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required