Philosophy (Research Associate)

April 20, 2023

The Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver invites applications for a Research Associate position with The Database of Religious History (DRH). The DRH is designed to serve as a centralized clearinghouse for scholarly knowledge of the historical record, bringing together a core of quantified, standardized data with qualitative comments, references to crucial resources, and links to on-line text and image databases. For scholars, researchers, teachers and the general public, the DRH will function as a gateway to reliable, comprehensive knowledge concerning the history of religions around the world, and cultural history more generally.


The required qualifications are a PhD in a relevant discipline (History and/or Religious Studies), with focus on quantitative analysis and a strong record of research productivity. Experience with Digital Humanities projects is also highly desirable. The DRH Research Associate will take a lead role in the project, will be expected to contribute to the academic research output, and will be required to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and interact effectively with our editors and experts. Postdoctoral experience is also highly desirable, as is familiarity with technical web development.


For further information about The Database of Religious History, visit


Applications should be directed to the attention of Erin Daniels Jones via email at by May 20, 2023. Review of applications will begin in late-May 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants are asked to provide the following in a single bookmarked PDF file: Cover letter with contact information for three academic references, a statement of research interests (max. 1 page), an updated CV, and one or two samples of published research.


The DRH Research Associate position is anticipated to begin June 1, 2023. The position is for an initial period of one year, with possibility of reappointment, subject to positive performance appraisals, availability of funding, and, if applicable, approval by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.


This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience.


Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.