Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology and Program for Leadership and Character

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-07-23
Req: R0001862
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Job Description

The Department of Psychology and the Program for Character and Leadership at Wake Forest University invite applications for a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship beginning in August 2019.  We are seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented, and interpersonally skilled individual to play a central role in designing and implementing innovative research on how to help people become the best versions of themselves, both during their college experience as well as in the face of serious life challenges. The position is funded by a research grant from the John Templeton Foundation on developing exemplar-focused interventions to develop character strengths and virtues and is led by Drs. Eranda Jayawickreme (Psychology) and Michael Lamb (Interdisciplinary Humanities/Program for Leadership and Character). We are seeking applicants with a research program focused on character strengths, moral personality, and character interventions. We are particularly interested in scholars who have strong methodological experience designing, implementing, and assessing interventions and/or experience as a counselor running interventions. Evidence of strong empirical research and excellent quantitative skills is required, and familiarity with research on character or related concepts is preferred. The successful candidate will conduct research related to the grant, design and coordinate empirical studies related to interventions, assist with program design and evaluation, prepare manuscripts for publication, supervise undergraduate and graduate student research, and be committed to diversity and inclusion as core values. The postdoctoral research fellow will also participate in international conferences on exemplar-based interventions on character development and have opportunities to develop collaborations with other scholars in the field.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. The University is ranked among the top thirty national universities by U.S. News and World Report. The University, Department of Psychology, and Program for Leadership and Character have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty, staff, and students and to the development of a multicultural educational environment that affirms the value of cultural diversity and inclusion. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate” (for humanity). With the aim to “educate the whole person,” the University has also established an innovative Program for Leadership and Character to help students develop the virtues of character needed to lead in an increasingly complex context. This program is based on cutting-edge research by Wake Forest faculty in psychology and philosophy who are leading experts on the study of character and have experience mentoring post-doctoral fellows and coordinating major research grants focused on the study of character. For quick facts about the University, go to For more on the Program for Leadership and Character, go to

Applicants should apply on-line and  include a cover letter addressed to the members of the search committee, a curriculum vita,  a research statement, and a writing sample.  At least three signed confidential letters of recommendation must be sent via email to  [email protected] or and [email protected].  Application review will begin on August 1st and continue until the position is filled. 

For additional information, please contact Eranda Jayawickreme at [email protected] or Michael Lamb at [email protected].  

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

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Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.




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Posted: 7/15/2019
Application Due: 8/31/2019
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