Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ancient History

Sydney, Australia
28 Jul 2017
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27 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

One of the leading arts and humanities faculties in Australia, Macquarie's Faculty of Arts is home to bold thinkers and passionate educators who are asking the big questions about the world. United in the spirit of interdisciplinary discovery we explore the human story from its earliest foundations in ancient cultures to its exciting future.  Our research is gaining global recognition and with two research centres, two museums and state-of-the-art media facilities, we empower our staff to transform themselves and the world around them. 

Our growing Ancient History department is the largest in Australasia with teaching and research programs in the areas of Ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Ancient Israel, Ancient Greece, Ancient China, Rome, Coptic Studies, Late Antiquity and Byzantium. We focus on the history, society, languages, religions, archaeology and material cultures of these civilizations, including papyrological and numismatic research.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light. 

About the Role 

We are accepting expressions of interest for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. We are seeking expressions from candidates who have strong experience in supporting research projects as well as conducting their own research, and who have related experience in the subject area. The successful candidate will support the lead Chief Investigator and can pursue their own research on the study, relevant to the project.

About the Project 

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow is required to support the Discovery Project: Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future. This project examines the evidence for competing utopian ideologies in early Christianity, which was a prelude to the later clash with Islam from the seventh century onward. Evidence from pagan-Jewish-Christian conflicts in Late Antiquity (300-650 CE) shows that violent destruction of the past is not exclusive to fringe religious groups, but a propensity in mainstream religion. These past conflicts are relevant for understanding the current conflict in the Middle East, precisely because our analysis of the sources shows that, in intra- and inter-religious conflicts in Late Antiquity in this same geographic region, violent destruction of the past was a propensity in mainstream religion, not exclusive to fringe religious groups.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate the requirements below in your CV and a 1-2 page cover letter:

  • doctoral qualification awarded in a relevant area or submission of doctorate pending
  • demonstrated experience in conducting research and supporting research projects
  • Experience in co-editing volumes of conference proceedings
  • Expertise in Byzantine and Jewish cultures 400-650 CE
  • A record o f relevant peer review publications
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively.

Salary Package: From $99,879 - $107,197 p.a. (Level B, step 1 - 3), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, 1 year fixed-term, commencing 2018

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Bronwen Neil, Chief Investigator, on 61-2-9850-7933 or

General Enquries: Alyssa Hayes, HR Consultant, on 

Applications Close: Sunday 27 August 2017 at 11.55pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.