Free open Job in Australasia Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (New Testament and Early Christian Studies) at Australian Catholic University

  • Full-time, research-only positions
  • Based in the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies at the Melbourne Campus
  • Five year fixed term or continuing appointments 

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across seven campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield. As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU’s mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The University is seeking researchers of outstanding potential and demonstrated achievement to contribute to the research of the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies. Researchers will directly contribute to a major five-year program, Texts, Traditions and Early Christian Identities. An international team, led by Prof. Francis Watson (Durham/ACU) with six other chief investigators from ACU, Durham and KU Leuven, will investigate ways in which early Christian identities are shaped by the reception of normative texts and traditions. 

This program builds on research across the Centre in areas such as the social and cultural history of the New Testament and early Christianity, the cultural and intellectual transformation of Classical antiquity, strategies of Christian identity formation, and intersections between Christianity and ancient philosophy. 

Within the ‘Texts, Traditions and Early Christian Identities’ program, three specific projects will be undertaken: 1) ‘Early Christian gospels and the conflict of identities;’ 2) ‘Jewish traditions and the making of Christian identity;’ and 3) ‘Negotiating the primitive Christian heritage.’ The successful candidates will undertake research relating directly to either project two or project three. For details of the program see here. 

The Program and Centre are located in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at ACU. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary and collaborative study through research that seeks to enrich and extend the traditional fields of philosophy and theology at an international level. It hosts several discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research seminars and reading groups, and regular international symposia at ACU’s Rome Campus. Research in Theology and Religious Studies at ACU was rated above world standard in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia exercise. 

How to Apply:
To apply for this role, please obtain the NTECS Academics_PD.pdf. With the application form you will be required to submit: 

  • A response to the essential and desirable selection criteria: ‘Skills, Knowledge and Experience’ listed in the position description.
  • A research proposal up to 1500 words relating to the Texts, Traditions and Identities program as a whole and specifically either project two or project three (applicants may, if they wish, submit proposals for both projects). Upload in section: Letter of Application
  • A CV, including contact details for three professional referees.

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The level of appointment will be dependent on the skills, knowledge and experience of the candidate.  

General enquiries about the position, the project, and working at ACU Melbourne can be directed to Dr Ben Edsall ( 

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APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Sunday 2 April 2017