RESEARCH FIELDReligious sciences › Theology
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE13/10/2017 23:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONUnited Kingdom › Reading
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/12/2017
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER676258
Available ESR position
The Innovative Training Network (ITN) “The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization” (HHFDWC-676258) invites applications for a full-time Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position with PhD options to begin December 1, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. The available subproject is located at Reading University, England.
The overall research project (the ITN) will trace the historical roots and transformations of the modern conception of the human being and the human values of dignity and freedom, especially in theological and philosophical traditions. In modern western societies, the ideal human being has the right to think, believe, and express itself freely without fearing retribution and to be treated as an autonomous and dignified individual. But such a conception is not shared by all – and never was. Its long history has been formed through a continuous battle between two theological and philosophical traditions going back to Origen of Alexandria and Augustine of Hippo, respectively. Origen saw humans as free, valuable, and dignified beings, while Augustine saw them as predestined, sinful, and bound to servitude. The project will continuously circle around this battle between the negative and positive views on humanity that we can encounter in various contexts from antiquity to modern times. By unlocking the patterns of reception they, in turn, can be used as a hermeneutical key to understanding later, modern debates about human freedom, free will, and dignity. Thereby, the project will raise awareness of how ancient philosophical and religious tenets still shape political, moral, and anthropological categories and modes of thinking as well as principles of human conduct.
Within this framework, we invite applications for the following subproject:
Origen and Bernard of Clairvaux
The project focuses on the theological anthropology of Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). Bernard was firmly embedded in the Augustinian theological tradition, but Origen’s ideas also seem to have influenced Bernard’s views on human freedom, e.g., via his optimistic Christology and doctrine of justification. The project thus aims, first, to detect the influences of Origen on Bernard’s anthropology. Second, it will distill the impact of Bernard’s theology on later debates. The ESR will have a 2-year position, with the possibility of an extension to a third year under a University stipend scheme in order to allow the completion of a PhD if the candidate should choose this option.
The ITN offers an interdisciplinary environment and an innovative training program that allows the ESRs to obtain specialist knowledge of a specific research topic as well as transferable skills that can be used in non-academic institutions.
Please visit our website www.itn-humanfreedom.eu for the full advertisement with more information on the project and how to apply.
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Good
Eligible candidates must have an internationally recognized Master’s or an equivalent degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, in theology, history, philosophy, classics, religious history, or a related field. They must have less than four years of research experience after their candidate degree. The selection committee will seek gender equality among the recruited ESRs, and researchers can be of any nationality. However, eligible candidates have not resided more than 12 of the last 36 months in the country where the ESR position is located for which they apply. Moreover, ESRs will complete 3-6 month secondments with one of the nine non-academic partners as well as at one of the other European universities as part of the training activities. Applicants should demonstrate evidence of effective communication skills in English, both written and oral. Greek and Latin skills will be an advantage.
Selection is based on the applicants’ academic skills and the relevance of their research experience, their ability to undertake the training activities, as well as on the expected impact of the proposed training on the researchers’ careers. Personal skills and other types of experience, such as pro-activity, participation in community activities, and capacity for teamwork, are also taken into account.
EURAXESS offer ID: 243346
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