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Visiting Researcher

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization invites applications for sabbatical researchers to visit and serve as Sabbatical Fellows on an ongoing basis. Faculty in fields or with sabbatical projects related to conservative programs, projects, and/or activities of the Center are eligible to apply. Though it is assumed that Sabbatical Fellows will spend much of their time conducting their own research, the Center would expect them to participate in bi-weekly faculty seminars and other activities. Sabbatical Fellows will be appointed as Visiting Researcher, given office space in the Center, and University of Colorado privileges.

Anticipated start date: Fall 2024

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Benson Center promotes study of the intellectual, artistic and political traditions that characterize Western civilization. Central to this mission is our dedication to fostering dialogue about fundamental values and controversial questions. The Center provides a forum for free inquiry and open debate, and it promotes academic freedom and intellectual diversity on campus in a time of increasing political polarization and homogeneity. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Work on faculty research that relates to the Benson Center's mission to promote critical reflection on the distinctive traditions and political perspectives that characterize Western Civilization. The visiting researcher will also be expected to participate in biweekly faculty seminars and other Center activities. Faculty in fields or with sabbatical projects related to conservative programs, projects, and/or activities of the Center are eligible to apply. 

What We Can Offer

Applicants should make every effort to bring their own funding to remain in residence. If such support is not possible, candidates with part-time support can apply for additional support from the Benson Center to match the home institution’s contribution (for instance, one semester of salary support to match the home institution’s sabbatical salary, plus a yearlong appointment in the Benson Center). If external funding is not available, the Benson Center will provide a monthly salary between $6,111.11 - $6,700 for a full-time position, dependent on experience. Benefits will also be provided for 50% time or greater appointments, including health insurance. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Completed Ph.D., or a doctoral degree in progress with a dissertation defense date scheduled. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter indicating how your work will fit in with the Benson Center's mission (up to 3 pages).
  3. Executive summary of your proposed project (up to 200 words).
  4. Statement of Financial Support - statement indicating the sort of financial support needed. Statement of financial report should include what kind of financial support applicant is looking for, and if any financial support is offered from the home institution.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of their appropriateness to the mission of the Center. This position will remain open until finalists have been identified.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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