Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (Early Christianity)

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

Job No:971107
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 Biblical and Early Christian Studies 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 Biblical and Early Christian Studies. Researchers will be expected to contribute to a major five-year project, Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity. This international project, led by Prof. Lewis Ayres (ACU/Durham) and four others from ACU, Durham and Notre Dame, investigates 'modes of knowing' constructed by Greek, Latin and Syriac Christians c.100-700 CE. A particular focus is the manner in which developing Christian thought was shaped by classical intellectual discourses (such as grammar, philosophy, rhetoric and medicine), institutions, social practices, and material culture. 

This project builds on research across the Centre in areas such as the social and cultural history of early Christianity, the cultural and intellectual transformation of Classical antiquity, strategies of Christian identity formation, and intersections between Christianity and ancient philosophy, rhetoric, medicine, and education. For further information on the project and Centre, please see the Position Description. 

Within the 'Modes of Knowing' project, we envisage individual projects that will relate early Christian modes of knowing to at least one of: a) contemporary philosophical, medical and rhetorical discourses; b) social practices of early Christianity and late antiquity (e.g. asceticism, pilgrimage, liturgies); c) imperial and institutional power structures; or d) and the material world of early Christianity and late antiquity (e.g. relics, sacred texts). Researchers will also have opportunities to pursue other individual and collaborative research beyond the Modes of Knowing project. 

The Project and Centre are located in 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 traditional fields of philosophy and theology at an international level. It hosts several discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research seminars and reading groups, and regular international symposia at ACU's Rome Campus. Research in Theology and Religious Studies at ACU was rated above world standard in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia exercise. The Institute is currently undergoing a major expansion: recent junior and senior appointments have been made in Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, New Testament Studies and Early Christian Studies. 

How to Apply:

To apply for this role, please obtain the ECS_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 Modes of Knowing 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 Professor Lewis Ayres ( 

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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