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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Social Sciences and Humanities in Australia 2020

The University of Queensland in Australia invites applications Postdoctoral  Research Fellow in the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in 2020/21 academic year.

An opportunity exists for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to address the general theme of the relationship between science and religion with a focus on the modern period (roughly between 1800 and the recent past).

This position is funded in partnership with the “Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum of Global Perspectives” (SRES) project (funded by the Templeton Religion Trust). The SRES is a multidisciplinary research project whose aim is to build a better understanding of how publics’ and other actors view the relationship between evolution and religion, and by extension the relationship between science, rationality and religion. The project team is based in 8 countries worldwide, undertakes humanities and social sciences research examining social and cultural perspectives on evolutionary science, spirituality, and (non-) religion. The post holder will work closely with the Principal Investigator and Co-investigators (Australia, the UK and internationally).


This position is located at their picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

The Institute occupies a purpose-built research space in the Forgan Smith tower, located in the centre of UQ’s St Lucia campus.

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Worth of Award

  • This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to two years at Academic Research Level A.
  • The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,342.89 – $92,782.26, plus superannuation of up to 17%.
  • You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.


  • To be successful, you must have a recent PhD (normally within the last five years) in History, History of Science, Religious Studies, Science Communication, or other relevant field.
  • In addition you must have a demonstrated track record of high-quality publications and other research outcomes, such as conference presentations.
  • You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity, and be able to take up the position in Brisbane before 31 December 2020.
  • For a more detailed list of duties and selection criteria, please refer to the attached Position Description.
  • They value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University.
  • Their Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

How to Apply

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria
  • Brief (2 page) statement of proposed program of research, as follows: Candidates should formulate their own research project, along with a timetable and likely outputs. With this in mind, candidates should submit a 2-page research proposal with their application. Only research projects that are clearly linked to the general theme of the SRES project will be considered. More generally, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake a plan of high-quality research and publication, and assist with the organization of research and engagement activities of the Institute and the SRES network.

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

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Interviews Tentatively Scheduled: Friday, 9 October 2020 (via Zoom video conference)

Deadline: Application closes September 23, 2020.


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