Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy - ACU

  • 02 Oct 2013
  • 30 Nov 2013
  • Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University 

Centre for Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy 

The Centre for Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion (CPPR), at the Australian Catholic University, announces a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship aimed at supporting the work of a high-achieving early career researcher for a period of up to four years. The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct research relating to some aspect of the project“New Waves in French Phenomenology”, further details on which are provided below.

The CPPR ( is headed by Professor Kevin Hart (Edwin B. Kyle Chair of Christian Studies at the University of Virginia, and the Eric D’Arcy Chair in Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University), and also includes as full-time members Dr. Nick Trakakis, Dr. Jeffrey Hanson and Dr. Chris Hackett. The Centre promotes research into all aspects of  philosophy of religion, with special emphasis on phenomenological approaches as pursued in European philosophy from Husserl and Heidegger to contemporary French thought. (Further details on the activities of the Centre are given below.)

Selection Criteria

Applicants must have a PhD in philosophy, or a related discipline (e.g., theology).

Applicants must be within 8 years post PhD (that is, they must have been awarded their PhD by 31 December 2005), and should have a highly competitive track-record relative to opportunity and be developing a strong international standing and research reputation.


The appointment will be made at Academic Level B (AU$85,718 – $101,206), plus standard relocation costs.

Conditions of Award

1.     Fellows will become employees of ACU (Australian Catholic University) and are expected to be based full-time at the University for the duration of the Fellowship (other than for periods of approved leave or travel).

2.     The duration of the Fellowship shall normally be for a maximum period of four years, with annual reviews.

3.     Appointments must commence within six months of receipt of a formal letter of offer, unless approved otherwise by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

4.     An allowance for relocation will be provided as per the University provisions available.

5.     A salary (taxable) will be provided, based on the University’s Academic salary scale. The commencing salaries are based strictly on experience since receiving a doctorate.

6.     Fellows are required to actively seek external research funding, including nationally competitive fellowships and grants, to support their research program throughout the term of the Fellowship;

7.     Fellows are expected to contribute to the research supervision of Honours and/or higher degree research students either as a principal or co-supervisor, depending on experience.

8.     Fellows are expected to actively immerse themselves in the intellectual life of their School and Faculty.

9.     Fellows are required to provide an annual report of their research work, including grants awarded, grants applied for and their status, details of student supervision or co-supervision and other teaching-related activities, conference presentations and publications; and details of the intended program for the following year. This should be forwarded to the Research Services Office and be accompanied by an evaluative commentary by the host Research Institute, Research Centre, School or research group Leader by 31 December each year.

10.  Fellows are required to provide a final report covering all aspects of the work undertaken prior to the end of their appointment. This Report must be forwarded to the Research Services Office at the completion of the Fellowship, or on termination if earlier. This should be accompanied by an evaluative commentary by the host Research Institute, Research Centre, School or research group Leader.

11.  Fellows will be entitled to annual, sickness (personal leave) and parental leave in accordance with the University’s relevant policy for academic staff.

12.  Any Fellow considered not to be making satisfactory progress will have the Fellowship reviewed according to the university policy for misconduct and unsatisfactory performance. 

13.  The Fellow will be required to comply with all University policies including the University Intellectual Property Policy.

Application Process

To apply for the Fellowship, please submit the following documents:

·      Curriculum Vitae.

·      Project proposal (1,000 words), including expected outcomes (e.g., journal papers, books). Please note that your project must align with the research project, “New Waves in French Phenomenology”, detailed below.

·      The names and addresses of academic referees.

Applications should be submitted via email to Professor Wayne McKenna, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at 

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2013.

Any queries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Nick Trakakis:, phone: +61 3 9953 3263.

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