05/09/2017
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early Stage Researcher

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Aarhus University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Religious sciencesTheology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    05/10/2017 21:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Denmark › Aarhus
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/12/2017
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    676258

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Available PhD position

The Innovative Training Network (ITN) “The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western Civilization” (HHFDWC-676258) invites applications for a full-time, three-year Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position to begin December 1, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. The available subproject is located at Aarhus University, Denmark, and the ESR will be offered a 3-year PhD contract.

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 the modern Protestant tradition
This project will focus on how, where, and to which degree the modern Protestant tradition has been inspired by Origen to argue for individual freedom and value by rejecting pre-determinism. The most important theologians to be investigated in this respect are Karl Barth, Eberhard Jüngel, and Jürgen Moltmann, but a number of other Protestants have followed in their footsteps. The project will also engage with the question whether the modern protestant embrace of the idea of universal salvation and the rejection of pre-determinism necessarily led to ideas of individual freedom, or if they were rather understood as a loss of freedom.

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.

More Information

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Religious sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

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 Denmark.  Applicants should demonstrate evidence of effective communication skills in English, both written and oral. German reading 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. See further details on http://itn-humanfreedom.eu/available-researcher-positions-call-for-appli...

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Aarhus University
Denmark
Aarhus
8000
Nordre Ringgade 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 243351

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