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    Update from 10.02.2022: The deadline for applications is extended to 25 February 2022.

     

    EUREGIO Project: "Resilient Beliefs: Religion and Beyond"

    POSTDOC RESEARCHER IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY


    Work Place

    The Philosophical-Theological College in Brixen/Bressanone (PTH Brixen) is the southernmost of the German-speaking philosophical-theological universities and the northernmost in Italy. Two cultures and two ways of doing philosophy and theology meet here.

    Job Profile

    Under the supervision of Prof Dr Christoph J. Amor and Prof Dr Martin M. Lintner, the postdoc researcher will contribute to the research activities of the project “Resilient Beliefs: Religion and Beyond”, funded by the EUREGIO Science Fund, including:

    • the review and analysis of the current theological and philosophical debate concerning the nature of religious beliefs,
    • the organisation of the Brixen workshop Belief resilience from the point of view of systematic theology,
    • the development of a principled set of minimum standards for the legitimacy of introducing religious beliefs and religious arguments into public debates.

    The postdoctoral researcher will co-author papers, participate in relevant international conferences and produce single-authored publications on aspects of the Resilient Beliefs project of their choice. Moreover, the postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the conceptualisation and organisation of:

    • project meetings,
    • project workshops,
    • the final project conference,
    • dedicated panels for international conferences,
    • project dissemination activities,
    • proposals for successor projects.

    Requirements

    The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in Theology or Philosophy and a documented research background in at least two of the following areas:

    • history and theory of dogma,
    • current theories of religion,
    • epistemology of theology,
    • religious language in secular contexts,
    • theology and secularization.

    If not a German or Italian native speaker, candidates should have sufficient command of German and/or Italian to participate in the activities and social life of the PTH Brixen. The successful candidate will be based in Brixen (Italy).

    Employment

    • Type of contract: fixed term contract (full time)
    • Gross annual salary: about € 39.500
    • Start date: 1 May 2022
    • Duration: 24 months
    • Workplace: Brixen (Italy)

    Application

    Candidates must apply by sending the documentation to the Dean of the PTH Brixen, Prof. Alexander Notdurfter (Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Brixen, Seminarplatz 4, 39042 Brixen, Italy), exclusively in digital form (dekan@pthsta.it).
    Please make sure to submit the following PDF attachments (in English):

    • cover letter,
    • detailed CV including list of scientific publications and email contacts of two referees,
    • sample writing of about 20 pages (in English, Italian or German, published work or thesis chapter).

    Application Deadline: 11 February 2022.

    For further information, please contact Dr Christoph J. Amor (christoph.amor@pthsta.it) or Dr Martin M. Lintner (martin.lintner@pthsta.it).

     

    GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE

    EUREGIO SCIENCE FUND PROJECT “RESILIENT BELIEFS”: THREE POSTDOC POSITIONS

    Funded by the Euregio Science Fund, the research project “Resilient Beliefs: Religion and Beyond” (Fondazione Bruno Kessler Trento, University of Innsbruck, Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Brixen) will investigate whether and in what circumstances belief resilience (understood as articulate resistance to change and revision) is a sign of irrationality or narrow-mindedness, and in what circumstances it is a healthy component of our epistemic, moral and spiritual lives.
    Bringing together expertise in epistemology, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and systematic theology, the project’s main focus is on belief resilience in the religious domain.

    The Interregional Project Network, coordinated by Fondazione Bruno Kessler, is pleased to announce three postdoctoral research positions:

    • one postdoc position in Religious Studies at the Center for Religious Studies, Fondazione Bruno Kessler Trento (full-time, 2 years, starting on 2 May 2022). The successful candidate will be involved in: (a) analysing recent debates on religious disagreement and religious diversity in analytic philosophy and religious studies; (b) reviewing and analysing recent literature on dogmatism and belief polarisation from social and cognitive psychology; (c) contextualising the debates on religious disagreement and belief polarisation within the long-standing dispute over the viability of ‘religion’ as a category of scientific and scholarly inquiry.
    • one Post-Doc position in Philosophy at the Department of Christian Philosophy, University of Innsbruck (full-time, 2 years, starting on 2 May 2022). The successful candidate will be involved in: (a) the descriptive / phenomenological analysis of examples of intuitively “good” and “bad” forms of belief resilience. S/he will co-author a paper to be submitted to a leading journal specialising in the intersection between epistemology and psychology or religious studies; (b) shaping a more general theory of the characteristics of “good” and “bad” resilient beliefs; (c) testing the applicability of the epistemological theory, with a special emphasis on forms of partisan justification and possible cross connections with theology.
    • one Post-Doc position in Systematic Theology at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Brixen (full-time, 2 years, starting on 2 May 2022). The successful candidate will be involved in: (a) analysing recent debates on religious disagreement and religious diversity in analytic philosophy and religious studies; (b) reviewing and analysing recent literature on dogmatism and belief polarisation from social and cognitive psychology; (c) contextualising the debates on religious disagreement and belief polarisation within the long-standing dispute over the viability of 'religion' as a category of scientific and scholarly inquiry.

    For details on the three positions and how to apply, please consult the websites of the involved Institutions.