Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy

University of York Department in Philosophy

Postdoctoral Research Associate x2

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:32,817 a year
Interview Date:31/08/2021
Posted Date;20/07/2021
Apply by:17/08/2021
Job Reference:9662

Role Description


We have two postdoctoral research associate positions available, one in Islamic analytic theology and one in Jewish analytic theology. You will be part of the John Templeton Foundation-funded research project “Comparative Analytic Theology: Planning Grant”, headed by Professor Tom Stoneham (PI) and Dr David Worsley. Based at the Department of Philosophy, University of York, this one-year project will start on the 1st September 2021. This one-year Comparative Analytic Theology Planning Project aims to (1) build a network of interfaith analytic theologians willing to work on comparative analytic theology, (2) identify specific loci that the various Abrahamic religions might fruitfully address together (through the production of a comprehensive research bibliography, interactive visual map, and proof-of-concept white papers), and (3), determine the kinds of activities that would best stimulate interfaith research on topics of common concern. This planning project will culminate with a major multi-year grant application built upon these outputs. Both one-year research positions will contribute to each of these aims, with one research position focusing on Islamic analytic theology and the other focusing on Jewish analytic theology.


You will:

  • produce at least one original, high quality research paper in your specialisation during a one-year period, as first-author
  • disseminate original research on comparative analytic theology at conferences and other events
  • identify new avenues of research that relate to comparative analytic theology
  • play a key role in the design, implementation, and dissemination of a research bibliography, visual map, proof-of-concept white papers, and multi-year funding application
  • contribute to development of the project website and social media
  • contribute to regular project research meetings
  • organize and attend project events
  • develop new internal and external research collaborations within and between disciplines
  • assist with relevant project-related teaching  

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed


  • First degree with a substantial philosophical component
  • PhD in Philosophy or Philosophical Theology [focusing on an area of analytic theology, broadly construed]
  • Knowledge of philosophical research in either Jewish or Islamic analytic theology
  • Experience of carrying out independent research
  • Experience of writing up research work for publication
  • Experience of disseminating research at conferences and/or other events
  • Ability to produce and publish high quality research on either Islamic or Jewish analytic theology
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a research team
  • Ability to disseminate research findings effectively to potentially diverse audiences
  • Ability to organize events, such as lectures and workshops
  • Ability to use initiative to identify new research questions and relevant literature spanning a wide range of disciplines for project research
  • Ability to undertake interdisciplinary and comparative research in analytic theology
  • Ability to manage a website and social media associated with the project
  • Ability to work efficiently, plan research, and meet deadlines


  • Knowledge of research in other disciplines relevant to the study of comparative Abrahamic analytic theology
  • Some familiarity with philosophical and/or interdisciplinary research in at least two of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian analytic theology
  • Experience of interdisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Experience of organizing events

Interview date: 31 August 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr David Worsley: