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The Contemplative Sciences Center currently has seven openings for employment:

Posting for Contemplative University Initiative Research Assistant Professor 

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia is seeking applicants for a full time, 12-month salaried non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor. This position will research historical contemplative traditions, pedagogical strategies, and learning environments for creating engaged and participatory classrooms and co-curricular programs in educational contexts towards student flourishing, and scientific research and humanistic scholarship on contemplation, learning, and flourishing. This will include pilot programs on documenting Indian and Tibetan Buddhist systems of contemplation, the means to facilitate student flourishing in undergraduate environments, and the means to facilitate student flourishing in K12 environments. They will also coordinate with other researchers from across the country in an evolving research network of Universities interested in such issues, as well oversee students, writers, and other part-time staff helping with research work and processing tasks. The products of this research will be published in an innovative publishing platform that constitutes a major portal for the academic and public exploration of contemplation, human flourishing, and engaged pedagogy. 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with expertise in contemplation and have at least 4 years of relevant research experience. Preference is for individuals with background in Buddhist Studies and knowledge of at least one Asian canonical language. The initial one-year position may be renewable contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. 
 
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0623272. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. The anticipated start date is July 16, 2018. 
 
For questions about the position, please contact David Germano at dfg9w@virginia.edu. 
 
For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at rkh6j@virginia.edu.
 
The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. 
 
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  
 

Posting for Lupus Program Implementation Specialist

The Contemplative Sciences Center is seeking applicants for the position of Lupus Program Research Specialist. This position is new and will coordinate activities related to biobehavioral measurement as part of a large, grant funded study involving contemplative practices and pain management in patients diagnosed with Lupus. 

The successful candidate will have five main objectives as the Lupus Program Research Specialist. The first entails assisting Principal Investigators with designing, testing, and implementing biobehavioral measurement tasks related to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), peripheral physiology, and experience sampling. The second involves contacting, scheduling, and maintaining a rapport with research participants in coordination with other project personnel. The third involves managing laboratory space and coordinating the activity therein. The fourth involves managing day to day and regular activities of the project, including adherence to budget, scheduling payments, and tracking business operations. The fifth entails scheduling meetings and appointments with care givers and patients from various off-site locations. 
 
This position is restricted and is contingent upon the continuation of funding. 
 
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search for posting number 0623354. All applicants must complete a candidate profile online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please include information about availability and salary requirements in your cover letter.
 
The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. 
 
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

Posting for Contemplative Sciences Center Writer

The Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia (CSC) seeks to hire a number of part-time writers to support various needs, including the development of a digital portal/encyclopedia on contemplation. Content to be written or edited will be quite varied, including but not limited to historical forms of contemplation, digests or literature reviews of scientific research/state of the field, pedagogical practices in the classroom, various tips, practices, and approaches to facilitating wellbeing and flourishing, and book recommendations.

Incumbents could provide assistance with writing, preparation, coordination, copy editing, and proofing of documents in the above areas. Duties may include:

  • researching and writing informational materials, generally within a single subject area, for publication and distribution;
  • conducting interviews and writing up the results; 
  • performing editorial and research duties to prepare final copy for publication in scholarly journals, professional publications, and University communications;
  • reviewing manuscripts and other forms of copy; make stylistic, structural and grammatical corrections;
  • maintaining contact with authors, printers, faculty, staff and/or others concerning published work.

This position is initially for up to a one year appointment, with possibility for further renewal based on satisfactory performance. The position is contingent on the availability of funding and, as defined by University policy, is a restricted position.

To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search for posting number 0623060. All applicants must complete a candidate profile online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please include information about availability and salary requirements in your cover letter.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.   


Posting for Coordinator of Great Perfection Initiative Research

The Contemplative Sciences Center is seeking applicants for the newly created position of Coordinator of Great Perfection Initiative Research. The incumbent is in charge of coordinating and executing research for the Great Perfection Initiative, which is devoted to international translation of and scholarship on the Tibetan religious tradition known as "Dzokchen" (rdzogs chen). The work includes executing research tasks, providing technical support and training to other researchers using research tools and data sets, normalizing data pertaining to Tibetan texts, creating reference resources, doing other miscellaneous tasks in support of the research group and its activities, writing descriptions of projects for external consumption, and preparing materials related to fundraising. The coordinator may also be asked to perform other tasks in relationship to documentation of Tibetan Buddhist texts and contemplative practices.
 
Preferred candidates must have a master’s degree or educational equivalent relevant to Tibetan/Buddhist studies. Additional requirements include fluency in classical literary Tibetan, a deep knowledge of the Dzokchen tradition in Tibetan Buddhism and its classical literature, and the ability to learn and efficiently use digital technologies. 
 
This is a one-year appointment, with possibility for further renewal based on satisfactory performance. The position is contingent on the availability of funding and, as defined by University policy, is a restricted position. 
 
For more information about the position, please contact David Germano, via email germano@virginia.edu or via text at 434-242-3079.
 
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search for posting number 0622713. All applicants must complete a candidate profile online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.
 
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

Posting for Contemplative Practice Instructor

The Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia is seeking qualified applicants for Contemplative Instructors. These are part-time, wage positions with the primary purpose of directly leading group classes and/or group-training workshops/seminars to meet the contemplative interests and demands of the University community (students, faculty, staff and UVA affiliates). 
 
Position Objective and Job Summary
  • We are seeking instructor with the ability to fully engage with students and members in vibrant activities that promote mind/body wellness.
  • Ideal candidates will have the availability to teach at least 1-3 classes per week and/or 1 or more group-training workshops/seminars per semester.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience and skills could include teaching one or more kinds of contemplative class or workshop formats including, but not limited to different styles of yoga, mindfulness, various forms of meditation, creative movement, T'ai Chi, etc.
  • Instructors are expected to attend regularly scheduled staff meetings and in-service sessions.
  • Instructors are expected to establish a positive rapport and relationship with student and departmental staff, members and guests of the facility as well as promote exceptional customer service to create a positive environment for members and guests. Instructors are also expected to maintain a Standard of Excellence in professionalism and safety.
Desired Attributes 
  • Interest in and desire to learn more about contemplation and its role at the University of Virginia
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill as practitioner in specialized contemplative method of instruction, techniques or practice.
  • Ability to teach, motivate and engage class participants in training sessions
  • Ability to listen attentively and determine participants goals
  • Ability to assess participants level of fitness as applicable
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing
To Apply
 
Submit a complete application via JOBS@UVA online and reference Posting number 0622424.
Email any questions to Leslie Hubbard, lh2tm@virginia.edu.
 

Posting for Student Assistant
The Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia is seeking self-motivated student(s) to assist with a broad range of the Center’s activities, including business operations, fundraising, communications, events management, and data processing.
 
Position Objective and Job Summary
  • This position provides broad support for the Center as needed throughout the office. Duties include:
  • Providing administrative assistance as needed: filing, preparing correspondence and mailings, scheduling, photocopying, faxing, etc.
  • Help manage and update website
  • Help promote Center activities: design & distribute flyers, send email announcements, etc.
  • Help manage social media for CSC
  • Help organize and execute Center events including events for U.Va. students
  • Helping process data of various types related to contemplation
  • The Center is seeking student assistant(s) for the Summer 2017 and the 2017-18 school year.  Expected hours per week are 8 -10 and compensation will be $12 / hour.
Desired Attributes 
  • Interest in and desire to learn more about contemplation and its role at the University of Virginia
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team and to work independently and manage time well.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • (Desired but not necessary) Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
To Apply
 
Send the following via email to Juliet Trail at trail@virginia.edu.
  • Cover Letter including information about your availability (spring, summer and/or fall as well as ideal number of hours/week)
  • Resume
  • 2-3 References

Posting for CSC Administrative Assistant

The Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia is seeking an Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to the Director and Managing Director as well as overall support to the Center. 

Position Objective and Job Summary

  • The Administrative Assistant will coordinate meetings and travel as well as prepare communications.
  • He/she will also provide event assistance, communication support, web management assistance, and fiscal tasks such as travel and expense reconciliation, purchasing, etc.
  • This job is ideal for someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment; has an interest in contemplative practices and efforts to promote well-being; and enjoys providing assistance to busy professionals.
  • The candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong organizational and administrative abilities.
  • The candidate must also work with great attention to detail, show initiative, and demonstrate flexibility to respond to varying demands.
  • Proficiency with technology and willingness to learn new software is required. 
To Apply
 
All applicants must complete a candidate profile online and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please include information about availability and salary requirements in your cover letter.
 

Submit a complete application via JOBS@UVA online and reference Posting number 0623382

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment. 
 
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.