One-Year Postdoctoral Follow-on Research Position

Newman University

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: April 10, 2015

Newman University will offer a one-year postdoctoral follow-on research position dependent on the successful submission of a PhD thesis within three years of commencement to enable successful PhD students to be retained and develop further as an early career professional in this field of research. The successful candidate will also be eligible for an hourly paid research assistant role within the project team.The successful applicant will undertake research exploring contemporary debates surrounding ‘science and religion’ in one of the following areas:

1. Social Sciences and/or Humanities approaches to media, social media and public space discourse surrounding evolutionary science and religion.

2. Quantitative approaches to public perceptions and attitudes concerning the relationship between science and faith.

This innovative and unique research project will employ four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada. Newman University will lead this 3-year research project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust in partnership with York University (Canada) and National Life Stories at the British Library and British Science Association. The research team is led by Principal Investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Newman) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York, Canada), and Co-Investigator Dr Carola Leicht (University of Kent). More details about the project and the research team can be found here:

Specific research project related questions can be directed to Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (

For further details on how to apply please see:

Deadline for applications: Friday 10 April 2015

Interviews: week commencing Monday 20 April 2015

Posted: March 26, 2015