Gurudev Kanjiswami Postdoctoral Scholar in Jain studies – Arizona State University


Gurudev Kanjiswami Postdoctoral Scholar, Job #17132
School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies
Arizona State University

The Religious Studies Faculty in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University invites applications for the Gurudev Kanjiswami Postdoctoral Scholar in Jain studies, beginning July 16, 2022. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, fiscal-year appointment (July 1 – June 30). Renewal up to three years is possible on an annual basis contingent on satisfactory performance, availability of funding, and the needs of the program.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach two courses (6 credits) per semester, which may include undergraduate and/or graduate classes both online and in-person. In addition to courses providing a core understanding of Jain traditions, others may involve the postdoctoral scholar’s area of specialization and general religious studies interests, allowing the postdoc to reach a broader audience. The postdoc will also conduct research and publish scholarship.


The successful candidate is required to have completed a Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher education in a field related to the academic study of Jain traditions by the time of appointment and demonstrate strong evidence of (or the potential for) excellence in research and teaching related to this academic field. Candidates must be within five years from receipt of their doctoral degree. Candidates who are non-US citizens must have current authorization to work in the United States.

Desired qualifications may include research on Jain traditions and formations as they intersect with a focus on history, contemporary issues, anthropological, sociological, and religious studies’ approaches exploring Jain communities and practices in South Asia and the world. Research themes may include religious nationalism, minority politics, caste, race, social justice, gender, health, environment, migration, diaspora, global networks, and/or media politics. Additional desired qualifications include evidence of academic engagement through research, grants, publications, conference presentations, and teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success while working with broadly diverse student populations.

Application Instructions

To guarantee full consideration, applicants must apply online at submitting the following materials: 1) a letter of application, outlining teaching and research interests; 2) a statement addressing how the candidate’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence; 3) syllabi for two undergraduate courses the successful candidate is prepared to teach; 4) a curriculum vitae; and 5) complete contact information for three references. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit an academic writing sample. Question about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Juliane Schober at

Review of applications will begin on February 24, 2022 and will continue weekly until an appointment has been made.

ASU encourages and values a diverse workforce. The College values ASU’s cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

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