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Junior Research Fellowship 2012-13: Liberal Theology and "the Jews"

7 February 2012

The CJCR wishes to appoint a Junior Research Fellow for one year to assist the Academic Director, Lars Fischer, in establishing a research project on Liberal Theology and “the Jews” for which he has been awarded a British Academy Small Research Grant, and to undertake original research relevant to the project.

Drawing on the approaches of scholars with expertise in intellectual history, theology, Jewish/non-Jewish relations and Jewish Studies, this project will focus on forms of Christian theology, from the 17th to the 21st century, that have challenged established theological orthodoxies by claiming to be more enlightened, reasonable, humane and/or emancipatory. To what extent have their perceptions of Judaism and “the Jews” differed from those held by their orthodox counterparts and why have they repeatedly set themselves apart by denouncing their orthodox counterparts as (too) “Jewish”? Do structural factors predispose such theologies to position themselves in a distinct way towards Judaism and “the Jews”?

Applicants are expected to have completed their doctorate. You will need to be based in Cambridge for the duration of the appointment. Depending on your experience, you will be offered mentoring and there may be a possibility to undertake a small amount of teaching.

Applications are invited from all those suitably qualified. Applications should include:

·       a completed personal details form and a full curriculum vitae (including a full list of publications);

·       an outline of between 2,500 and 4,000 words explaining your specific interest in the project and discussing how your own work would fit within its remit. You will find a provisional outline of the project here;

·       a sample of written work between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length;

·       the names of three academic referees (see below);

·       please include any additional information you consider relevant to your application in the covering letter.

 It is the responsibility of the applicants to ensure their referees send their confidential references directly to Tina Steiner by the closing date. References may be sent as email attachments from a verifiable email address (preferred method), faxed or mailed.

The Junior Research Fellow will receive a salary of £24000 and a research allowance of up to £1000. The anticipated start date is1 September 2012 but this is open to negotiation.

Download the personal details form here.

Please send your complete application, clearly marked ‘Junior Research Fellowship’, to:

Tina Steiner, CJCR, Woolf Institute, Wesley House, Jesus Lane,Cambridge, CB5 8BJ, UK

or as an email attachment to: bs411@cam.ac.uk

For informal inquiries please contact Lars Fischer at lf309@cam.ac.uk.

The deadline for the submission of applications is end of business (Cambridge time) on 23 March 2012.

Short-listed candidates will be notified between 29 March and 4 April 2012.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 26 April 2012.

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