Post Doctoral Fellow

Tied to a new Strategic Plan, Spertus Institute is building its standing as a leading center for applied Jewish learning that addresses contemporary concerns and proactively identifies issues and challenges that will face Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish communities. We seek to explore and address significant issues facing contemporary Jewish communities through the application of a diverse range of academic methodologies, disciplines, texts, thought, and experiences—including, for example, sociology, history, political science, and religious studies.

Spertus Institute seeks a Post Doctoral Fellow to contribute to this exciting effort while engaging their own research and helping to develop knowledge and create new programs that will significantly impact the Jewish community.

The work of the Post Doctoral Fellow will include research in a designated field, which will lead to potential publication as Spertus-supported research, position papers, and/or personal academic writings.

In addition, in consultation with the Dean/Chief Academic Officer, the Post Doctoral Fellow will design and implement a Think Tank that brings leading thinkers and practitioners together to address a clearly delineated and contemporary concern affecting the Jewish community.

The Post Doctoral Fellow will also contribute to the intellectual climate of the Institute through work with colleagues and by teaching the equivalent of at least two graduate-level courses.

Conduct research and produce scholarly publications
Convene a Think Tank on a contemporary concern affecting the Jewish community
Develop curricula and programs
Teach the equivalent of at least two graduate-level courses
Contribute to the Spertus intellectual community

Earned doctoral degree in an area of Jewish Studies or related field with contemporary application.
Experience teaching graduate students in Jewish Studies or related fields.
Experience with leadership training or professional education a plus.

> Must have strong communication skills, including written, verbal and public speaking/presentation skills.
> Demonstrated teaching and research skills with proven ability to conduct original research and develop programs.
> Must be aware of current trends in the field.
> Proven ability to strategically plan and successfully manage multiple simultaneous projects with numerous components and fixed deadlines.
> Language skills: As appropriate to research area. Hebrew a plus.
> Travel: Travel to select conferences releated to Spertus project (with approval and support of the Dean/CAO). Potential travel related to the development and implementation of new curricula and programs.

Attractive Benefit Package includes vacation and holiday time off, medical and dental insurance, retirement savings, and employee assistance program.
This is a one-year appointment that may have the option of renewal for a second year.

Start Date: September 1, 2020

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, medical, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Doctorate
  • Job Posted: 2019-12-24
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  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Teacher (Classroom), Education - Other, Research
  • Organization Type: University, Education & Schools
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Job Location
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago , Illinois 60605


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