The Institute of Advance Studies in Humanities (IASH)

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), was founded in July, 2015. It seeks to promote high level research in traditional humanities disciplines such as history, philosophy and literature, while also engaging with more recent developments in the humanities, including cultural studies, communication, and science communication. The Institute consists of a number of fulltime, research-focused academics, postdoctoral fellows, faculty fellows and visiting fellows. IASH is supported by strategic funding from the UQ Senior Executive and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Most of its specific research projects are funded by external grants. Areas of research focus include intellectual history, critical and cultural studies, and history of emotions. The Institute is also home to a 5-year Australian Research Council Laureate project on Science and Secularization, led by the Institute Director, Professor Peter Harrison.

In addition to its research and publication activities, IASH organises international conferences, public lectures, themed seminar series, and in-house work in progress seminars. Its members are actively involved in national and international research networks, and it has formal links to a number of Australian and overseas institutions. Central to the mission of the Institute is a Faculty Fellows program that sees staff from teaching schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences seconded to the Institute for a semester in order to pursue their own research projects

About This Opportunity

An opportunity exists for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to address the general theme of the relationship between science and religion with a focus on the modern period (roughly between 1800 and the recent past).

This position is funded in partnership with the “Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum of Global Perspectives” (SRES) project (funded by the Templeton Religion Trust). The SRES is a multidisciplinary research project whose aim is to build a better understanding of how publics’ and other actors view the relationship between evolution and religion, and by extension the relationship between science, rationality and religion. The project team is based in 8 countries worldwide, undertakes humanities and social sciences research examining social and cultural perspectives on evolutionary science, spirituality, and (non-) religion. The post holder will work closely with the Principal Investigator and Co-investigators (Australia, the UK and internationally).

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

The Institute occupies a purpose-built research space in the Forgan Smith tower, located in the centre of UQ’s St Lucia campus.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful, you must have a recent PhD (normally within the last five years) in History, History of Science, Religious Studies, Science Communication, or other relevant field. In addition you must have a demonstrated track record of high quality publications and other research outcomes, such as conference presentations. 

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity, and be able to take up the position in Brisbane before 31 December 2020.

For a more detailed list of duties and selection criteria, please refer to the attached Position Description.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to .

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position until 31 December 2022 at Academic Level A.

The remuneration package will be in the range $69,342 - $92,782 p.a., (2020 rate) (full-time equivalent) plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Professor Peter Harrison, by email at

For application queries, please contact  stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria
  • Brief (2 page) statement of proposed program of research, as follows: Candidates should formulate their own research project, along with a timetable and likely outputs. With this in mind, candidates should submit a 2-page research proposal with their application. Only research projects that are clearly linked to the general theme of the SRES project will be considered. More generally, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake a plan of high-quality research and publication, and assist with the organization of research and engagement activities of the Institute and the SRES network.

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Interviews Tentatively Scheduled: Friday, 9 October 2020 (via Zoom video conference)

Applications close: 23 September 2020, 11:00pm (AEST)

UQ Job: 511076

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