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Rosalind Fellowship at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is looking for ambitious candidates for a “Religions in Asia” RFF tenure-track position. The specialization is open, and candidates with expertise in Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, or Shintoism are encouraged to apply. 

The RFF will be integrated into the Department of Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, which means that the scholar hired for this position will collaborate with colleagues utilizing historical, sociological, anthropological, and psychological approaches in the field of comparative religion. The RFF will play an important role in the comparative study of religion that the department (and the faculty in general) promotes and preferably has a strong background in theoretical aspects of the study of religion. Themes such as Orientalism/Occidentalism, post-colonialism, globalization, and the links between religion and cultural processes in ‘entangled histories’ are important dimensions of this position. Candidates should have a specialization in one religious tradition, including its language and history.  

Regardless of the specialization, the RFF will be asked to give introductory classes to Hinduism and Buddhism and to offer classes that address contemporary issues of religions in Asia. 

Job qualifications
The candidate is expected to have:
  • an outstanding PhD dissertation in the field of the academic study of religion (as specified above) or a related discipline ;
  • excellent research skills, demonstrated by articles in leading academic journals or other peer-reviewed publications ;
  • a strong commitment to research-driven teaching;
  • an interest to play an active role in the research of the faculty;
  • demonstrable organizational qualities and communication skills;
  • a demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary cooperation;
  • a letter of motivation wherein the candidates outline an innovative research plan for the first five years, which takes into account possible future developments in their field of specialization.
Job description

The successful candidate will set up his/her own research project(s). The position includes funding for a PhD project. However, Rosalind Franklin Fellows will also be expected to attract external research grants. In regard to teaching, the fellow will be asked to give introductory classes to Hinduism and Buddhism and to offer classes that address contemporary issues of religions in Asia.

The fellowship, of at most five years, comprises a salary in the range of an assistant professor or an associate professor, depending on experience and qualifications.

Following a favourable evaluation after at most five years, the fellow will be awarded tenure and be promoted to the rank of associate professor, including the ius promovendi. After a further five years another evaluation will take place; if this proves favourable, a full professorship will be awarded. The period after which tenure and full professorship will be awarded is at most five years each, but may vary according to academic accomplishments before or during the fellowship.

Salary

The five-year fellowship at the faculty is comprised of a start-up package, including funds for a PhD position, and a gross annual salary commensurate with experience and in accordance with national standards, min. € 3,195,- up to max. € 4,970,- per month (full-time position), a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus.

Following a favourable evaluation at the end of the five years the fellow will be awarded tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor. After a further –four to seven years another evaluation will take place; if this proves favourable, promotion to full professor will follow. 

Last modified:30 July 2015 4.30 p.m.