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Research Associate

£32,817 - £40,322
University of York

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Department - Sociology

A three year postdoctoral position is available to work with Dr Amanda Rees (Sociology) and Professor Tom McLeish (Physics) at the University of York as part of the Templeton Religion Trust funded project, ‘Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science’ (ECLAS), based at Durham University and the University of York, and in collaboration with the Church of England. This project will address the conflict-oriented narratives that have recently dominated the relationship between science and religion in public discourse, seeking to examine narratives and practices that disrupt this assumption of ‘war’ between science and religion, and to identify alternative narratives of mutual support and synergy. The project will consider evidence from a range of different contexts, both experiential and fictional, in order to help frame future science/theology conversations within the UK.


You will work with Dr Rees and Professor McLeish on two complementary empirical studies

· The changing framings of key narrative topics relating to 21stC science and religion past and future (so, for example, how evolution is to be understood in relation to divine creation, and how religious thinking influences our understanding of future challenges such as AI or climate change)

· Smaller-scale and more focused investigations will be targeted at specific interventions by ELCAS (as well as other institutions/groups) into the science/religion debates. This will include analysis of the development and introduction of new and alternate narratives

You will also be required to

· Conduct individual and collaborative research projects, including: analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods; writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities; contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research/applications to external bodies

· Undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project, including conference organisation, and the development of promotional or educational material including website maintenance and development

· Provide guidance to other staff and students, including a limited amount of undergraduate teaching, as required.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

• A first degree in natural sciences, social sciences or the arts/humanities and a PhD in history/sociology of science (or equivalent)

• Knowledge in the history, sociology and cultural studies of science sufficient to engage in high quality research, and research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department’s research strategy/goals. Knowledge of or experience in studying the relationship between science and religion, as well as into socio-technical imaginaries (broadly conceived) is also desirable.

• Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies including the digital humanities and narrative/thematic analysis

• Ability to develop research objectives , projects and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required, alongside competency to conduct individual and collaborative research projects and the capacity to identify sources of funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, with collaborators if required

Interview date: February 3, 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Amanda Rees on amanda.rees@york.ac.uk

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