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Post Doctoral Fellow

Post Doctoral Fellow

Spertus Institute, Chicago

Post Doctoral Fellow

Position Overview
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 

Position Requirements

  • 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. 

Related Skills or Knowledge

  • 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.


  • Salary: $60,000 
  • 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


Submit the following to with the words
Post Doc Fellow in the subject line:

  • Cover letter, including a statement of how your work aligns with Spertus Institute
  • CV with at least three references


Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is a nondenominational institution of higher Jewish education, proudly based in Chicago and increasingly serving students around the world. Its offerings include graduate degree programs in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education, and Jewish Professional Studies, as well as a range of sophisticated professional and public programming.

Founded in 1924 as Chicago’s College of Jewish Studies, Spertus Institute today offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These opportunities enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is guided by core principles that inform its operations and programming. Mission and Core Principles >

For Spertus, this is a time of exciting opportunity and growth. Tied to a new Strategic Plan, we are building our standing as a leading center for thoughtful and relevant applied Jewish learning, with programs that address current and emerging needs. About to enter our second century as an academic institute with renewed vigor and vision, we are expanding the Spertus team to achieve ambitious academic and global expansion goals.

What is it like to work at Spertus? Here is what our staff has to say.

In our most recent employee survey, 9 out of 10 employees agreed that:

  • Their work contributes to the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals.
  • They have what they need to be successful in their roles.
  • They are comfortable asking for help from others on their team.
  • They have confidence in the leadership of the organization.
  • Spertus demonstrates care and concern for its employees.

If this is what you would like to be saying about your workplace, Spertus just might be the place for you.

Spertus Institute provides equal opportunity in all employment practices to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, marital status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state, and local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotion, transfer, disciplinary action, layoff, return from layoff, training, and social and recreational programs. All such employment decisions will be made without unlawfully discriminating on any prohibited basis.

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