Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (Philosophy and Religion)

Melbourne (Suburb), Greater Melbourne (Inner) (AU)
12 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Job No:971108
Campus Location:Melbourne
Functional Unit:Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Work Type:Continuing full time, Fixed term full time

  • Full-time, research-only positions
  • Based in the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture at the Melbourne Campus
  • Five year fixed term or continuing appointments

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,000 staff supporting more than 30,000 students across seven campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The University is seeking researchers of outstanding potential and demonstrated achievement to contribute to the research of the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture. Researchers will be expected to contribute to a major five-year project, Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic. The international project is led by Prof. Denys Turner (Yale/ACU) and five other chief investigators drawn from ACU and KU Leuven. The interdisciplinary team will explore the intersections between atheism and Christianity in discourse (in light of negative theology), experience (drawing upon phenomenology), and politics (especially post-secular political theology). In this way, the project aims to clarify what atheism and Christianity might learn from each other, and to develop a new way of thinking about the place of religion in contemporary society. Researchers will also have opportunities to pursue other individual and collaborative research beyond the Atheism and Christianity project. 

The Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture supports theoretically-informed constructive work in the study of religion. The Centre has a longstanding strength in European philosophy, especially post-structuralism and phenomenology, and its members have a keen interest in cultural studies. Their research draws upon these resources in conversation with classic religious texts in order to address ethical and political questions of contemporary concern. Applicants should be conversant in both the history of philosophy and the study of religion, with an interest in the constructive use of these sources in relation to ethical and political issues.

The Project and Centre is located within the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary and collaborative study through research that seeks to enrich and extend the fields of philosophy and theology at an international level. It hosts discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research seminars as well as regular international symposia at ACU's Rome Campus. The Institute is currently undergoing a major expansion: junior and senior appointments have recently been made in Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, New Testament Studies, and Early Christian Studies. 

How to Apply:

To apply for this role, please obtain the Atheism_Research Positions_PD.pdf. With the application form you will be required to submit: 

  • A response to the essential and desirable selection criteria: 'Skills, Knowledge and Experience' listed in the position description.
  • A two-page research proposal relating to the Atheism and Christianity project. Upload in section: Letter of Application
  • A CV, including contact details for three professional referees. 

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Total remuneration valued to$110,847 - $130,747 pa, including salary component $93,667 - $110,590 pa (Academic Classification Level B) or $138,669 - $150,553 pa, including salary component $117,361 - $127,518 pa (Academic Classification Level C), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading. The level of appointment will be dependent on the skills, knowledge and experience of the candidate.  

General enquiries about the position, the project, and working at ACU Melbourne can be directed to David Newheiser: 

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APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday 30 November 2016

Advertised: 28 Sep 2016 AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 30 Nov 2016 AUS Eastern Daylight Time