Announcements for fellowships, grants, educational programs, and job postings related to the biocultural study of religion are posted on this page. Note that, as a scientific research institution, IBCSR does not support one denomination, religion, or philosophical school above others. However, some of the organizations listed below may be affiliated with specific religious denominations, and may therefore speak for partisan or exclusive interests. IBCSR thus does not necessarily endorse the opportunities listed here, nor the academic or religious affiliations of the organizations involved.

Assistant Professor of Theology in Religion and Science

BU

 

Boston University School of Theology invites applications for a full-time tenure- track faculty position in Theology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2017. The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar in theology, holding a PhD or ThD in theology or an appropriate, equivalent degree, and having potential for a strong record of publications in the field. The candidate should be a theologian working within the Christian tradition and specializing in religion and science. Areas of expertise are open, but candidates should be competent to teach core masters’ course in theology as well as masters and doctoral courses in religion & science. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) and a degree in the natural sciences are highly desirable. Candidates should be committed to the School’s mission of preparing leaders for diverse forms of ministry in religious communities and faith-based organizations, as well as teaching doctoral students for the professoriate and other forms of scholarship within the interdisciplinary context of a research university. Responsibilities and opportunities include teaching four courses per year in masters and doctoral programs of the School of Theology and BU Graduate Division of Religious Studies, some of which may be in collaborative programs with other Boston University schools. In addition, the person will have the opportunity to give leadership, with others, in the School of Theology and Boston University programs in religion and science. Boston University expects excellence in teaching and research and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to engaged scholarship in a multicultural environment. Boston University School of Theology is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applications – including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research plans, a major publication sample, and three professional references (sent separately) – should be sent to Jennifer Knust, Chair, Theology Search Committee, Boston University School of Theology, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 110, Boston, MA 02215. Applications may be submitted as email attachments to Ms. Emily Arnone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2016, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Women and underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. 

St Andrews University Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology & Science

StAndrews

Salary: £31,656 -­ £34,576 per annum

Start: January 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter 

Fixed term for 33 months

The University of St Andrews invites applications to be the St Andrews Fellow in Theology & Science. This is 33­-month postdoctoral fellowship, beginning January 2017.

The fellow’s primary responsibility is to pursue her or his research agenda, publishing both in established journals of science and religion as well as ‘mainstream’ theology journals where the subject may, so far, be overlooked. Secondary responsibilities include creating and teaching one new undergraduate course on some area of science and religion, contributing to other teaching modules as needed, and assisting with administrative responsibilities for a wider network of associated science and religion projects. Salary and research/travel budget are competitive. The fellow will work closely with Dr John Perry, to whom enquires may be directed (jmp24@st­andrews.ac.uk).

Research Vision: The post is associated with a new, international project in theology and science based at St Andrews but involving universities from across the United States and European Union. Its goal is to promote exploration of a new generation of questions at the intersection of theology, religion, and the human and natural sciences. While previous generations have asked methodological questions—sometimes including challenges from scientists that cooperation with religion violates the norms of rationality, and from religious believers that science threatens orthodoxy—we take for granted that serious scholarly study always aspires to interdisciplinary cooperation. Rather than focusing chiefly on methodological questions, we are interested in research that brings these disciplines together in productive and creative ways. The successful candidate will pursue a major research project related to, or inspired by, one of the topics listed in our complete Research Vision, available here.

About the University: The University of St Andrews is the third­-oldest university in the English­-speaking world and is consistently ranked among the top in the United Kingdom. The School of Divinity is the top­-ranked theology and religion programme in the UK, according to The Guardian. It has a diverse and ecumenical faculty and a highly international student body.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a PhD in theology (broadly conceived) or a science. Advanced degrees in both theology/religion and a science are preferable. The successful candidate will have potential for world­-class research at the intersection of theology and science, a clearly­-defined research agenda that is both ambitious and achievable, and excellent teaching skills. Ideally, the candidate’s project and interests will complement existing strengths in the University’s School of Divinity.

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, who are under­represented in Research posts at the University. You can find out more about Equality & Diversity here.

Please quote ref: AR1831SB
Closing Date: 3 October 2016
Further Particulars: AAR1831SB FPs.pdf 

Research Funding Available: Understanding Unbelief

Kent

Understanding Unbelief

Call for Proposals

AUTUMN 2016

Through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the University of Kent welcomes proposals contributing to the Understanding Unbelief programme. Over the next three years, this initiative will provide £1m for international research from the human sciences (e.g. anthropology, cognitive science, psychology, political science, and sociology) to advance our empirical understanding of the array of phenomena commonly labeled as ‘unbelief’. We aim to fund a minimum of 8 projects of up to 24 months in duration; individual researchers or project teams can apply for funding to a maximum project value of £300,000.

We are now inviting submission of Letters of Inquiry, following which we will invite a limited number of researchers and research teams to submit full proposals. For more information about the parameters of the programme and the evaluation criteria for submissions, please refer to the information sheet provided at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/non- religious-belief/ understanding-unbelief/grant- competitions/RFP1/index.

This Call for Proposals is part of a wider programme of work in the Understanding Unbelief project; for more information on all areas of research and opportunities for funding, please visit the Understanding Unbelief website at www.understanding-unbelief.net.

Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: Friday 14 October 2016

The John Templeton Foundation: Program Officer of Public Engagement

The John Templeton Foundation is currently recruiting candidates for the position of Program Officer of Public Engagement. In recent years, the Foundation has succeeded in recruiting a talented team of scholars to help us develop large-scale funding initiatives in areas of research central to our mission. Today, we are increasing our investment in efforts to bring the results of that research to broader audiences worldwide. While these efforts have sought to impact wide-ranging audiences, our recent initiatives center on media opinion leaders, pre-baccalaureate students, and religious communities worldwide.

Our public engagement efforts take their inspiration from our late founder, Sir John Templeton. He believed that the findings of the empirical sciences have the potential to vastly enlarge our understanding of the nature and purpose of human existence. In general, this research involves broad cross-disciplinary collaboration, drawing on fields ranging from physics, mathematics, and biology to theology, philosophy, and the social sciences. Sir John further believed that exposing individuals to these discoveries might powerfully touch their hearts and minds: deepening understanding, increasing curiosity, inspiring humility, and motivating beneficial behavior.

Critical to the success of the department is strategic investment in a variety of innovative public engagement programs. The Program Officer will play a leading role in the department’s grantmaking, reviewing open-submission applications and initiating proactively developed proposals. The Program Officer will likewise help monitor and manage active grants, within both the engagement and the research portfolios. The Program Officer is thus deeply involved in the complete life cycle of all public engagement grants, from conception, intake, and review, through management, close-out, and evaluation.

Candidates for the role of Program Officer of Public Engagement should have formal training in either theology or the natural sciences—or, ideally, both. Especially welcome are candidates with ministerial training, professional networks in multiple religious traditions, and/or familiarity with institutions that shape future religious leaders.

Compensation is highly competitive. Employees must be willing to work from the Foundation’s offices outside of Philadelphia. Travel is required. See the website www.templetoncareers.org for more information.

Job Opportunity: Director of External Affairs, Faraday Institute

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THE FARADAY INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND RELIGION, CAMBRIDGE, UK

 

Director of External Affairs

Ref: FP3/8

Job Advertisement

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion has a new position available for a Director of External Affairs (50% FTE) to work with the Director and Research Director in fund raising and increasing the external profile of the Institute. This post will enable the Faraday Institute to be proactive in building links with the broader science and religion community in the UK, and internationally. The post-holder will also take responsibility for the fundraising aspects of the Faraday Institute’s work, particularly seeking to develop close links with potential donors who might provide significant and long-term funding.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Cultural Evolution of Religion

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Call for Post-Doctoral Fellow

Call for Experimental-Ethnographic Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016-2018)

UBC-Harvard Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC)

Under the aegis of Centre for the Study of Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture (HECC; http://www.hecc.ubc.ca/), the Cultural Evolution of Religion Consortium is offering a one-year post-doc (with the possibility of a one-year extension) for its Ethnographic-Experimental Team, led by Ara Norenzayan (Psychology, UBC) and Joe Henrich (Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard). To test various evolutionary hypotheses, the post-doc will focus on compiling, analyzing, and writing up research based on a combination of ethnographic and experimental data on religion and sociality collected in over 20 diverse communities around the globe. The position includes both substantial scientific and managerial responsibilities. International travel is required.

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