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Postdoctoral Fellow

Rutgers University, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Philosophy of Religion/Philosophical Theology
AOS categories Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
AOC Philosophy of Religion/Philosophical Theology
AOC categories Epistemology
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Physics
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number Posting Number# 19FA2138
Location New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Start date September 1, 2020
Job description

Call for Applications: Two Postdoctoral Fellowships at Rutgers, associated with the Templeton Foundation Project “Science-Engaged Philosophical Theology: God, Time, and Creation”

The School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University is pleased to announce the availability of two 2-year postdoctoral fellowships.  These fellowships are being funded through a John Templeton Foundation grant entitled “Science-Engaged Philosophical Theology: God, Time, and Creation.”  The two main research questions associated with this grant are the following:

  1. How do competing scientific theories about the nature of time and the structure of the spacetime manifold comport with different theological conceptions of God’s relationship to time and God’s plans for creation?
  1. Is there evidence that the universe is fine-tuned? If so, does this support divine creation? What epistemological and theological assumptions are needed for fine-tuning arguments to work?

We are especially interested in candidates whose past experience includes training and/or research in the philosophy of space and time, the philosophy of physics, the philosophy of religion, epistemology, the philosophy of cosmology, cosmology, the physics of space and time, or some other area connected to the themes of the grant.  All candidates are expected to submit research proposals which include at least one proposed project which engages the topic of God’s relationship to space and time, fine-tuning arguments and their epistemological and/or theological presuppositions, or some other related issue at the intersection of the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of physics.

The Fellows will be appointed in the Department of Philosophy in association with the Rutgers Center for the Philosophy of Religion (RCPR). The primary responsibility of the Fellows will be to conduct the research outlined in their research proposals. The Fellows will also be responsible for teaching one undergraduate course per year and will be expected to regularly participate in RCPR reading groups, workshops, and seminars.  Finally, the Fellows will also be responsible for participating in two grant-sponsored summer seminars in 2021 and 2022.  These summer seminars will be addressed to established researchers in the philosophy of religion/philosophical theology and will be designed to promote greater engagement with scientific research in the field of philosophy of religion/philosophical theology.  The first summer seminar, God and the Spacetime Manifold, will be a two-week seminar centered on the first of the aforementioned two research questions.  The second seminar, Fine-tuning Arguments and their Theological Presuppositions, will be a three-week seminar centered on the second of the aforementioned two research questions.

Fellows will be appointed for two years. Appointments will be effective September 1, 2020. Fellows will receive a stipend of $62,000 annually; they will also receive Rutgers University health benefits. Fellows must have earned a Ph.D. in philosophy between October 2015 and June 2020.  (Applications from candidates with a Ph.D in physics or theology will also be considered).

Applications consisting of a CV, a research proposal, a writing sample, and three references should be submitted electronically through the Rutgers University website at https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/101040. The posting# 19FA2138.  Requests for more information should addressed to Prof. Dean Zimmerman at dwzimmer@rci.rutgers.edu.  Review of applications will commence on January 17th, 2020, and continue until the positions are filled.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

How to apply
Application type Online
Instructions
Please apply to posting on Rutgers University website, Posting#
Web address to apply https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/101040
Email to apply
Hard deadline January 17, 2020, 11:59pm EST
Contact
Web address for more information https://jobs.rutgers.edu/
Contact name Dean Zimmerman
Contact email
Contact phone 8489321321
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Scheduled expiry date January 17, 2020, 11:59pm EST
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