Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Lecturer - Religion and Its Publics

Charlottesville, VA
Oct 10, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Lecturer - Religion and Its Publics

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Religious Studies

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 10-09-2017

Posting Summary:
The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Virginia invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer position for the academic year of 2018-19. The Research Associate will work in the Project on "Religion and Its Publics," funded by the Henry R. Luce Foundation and overseen by Project co-directors Dr. Paul Dafydd Jones and Dr. Charles Mathewes.

In support of the Project's mission to relate the non-confessional academic study of religion and scholarly projects in public theology, we welcome applications from scholars who work on "Theories of Religion."

The "Theories of Religion" Research Associate will engage scholarly attempts to understand religious texts, actions, institutions, and phenomena, where such attempts are couched in a fundamentally (though not exclusively) descriptive approach; furthermore, the Research Associate will have explicit and substantial interest in theoretical questions concerning the viability and presuppositions of such approaches to religion.

The successful candidate's duties will include, but not be limited to: pursuing an intensive research agenda, with the goal of submitting a book manuscript for peer review by May 2019; hosting a workshop on their manuscript; teaching a small seminar through the Department of Religious Studies on a mutually determined topic; supporting the Project's work and participating in its events; and some administrative responsibilities.

Applicants must anticipate receiving a PhD in a relevant field by May/June 2018 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

This is a one-year appointment starting in Fall 2018, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2018. Compensation will be an academic year salary of $50,000 with full-time benefits. The appointment includes a $5,000 research fund.

The application deadline is midnight (EST) on Friday December 29, 2017.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa ( Search on posting number 0621862 and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest describing research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, a sample article or chapter-length scholarly work (Attach to Writing Sample 1), and contact information for three references.

Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVa should be directed to Mick Watson,

Questions about the position should be directed to Mae Speight, Project Coordinator: Further information about the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion can be found at Further information about the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia can be found at

The University will perform background checks on all new Professional Research Staff 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.

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