Job – Centre for Science, Knowledge & Belief in Society

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to work within the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society (CSKBS) at Newman University. This post is a full time appointment, offered on a permanent basis. Up until November 2018 the post holder will work principally on the large scale grant funded ‘Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum’ project within CSKBS. Beyond 2018 there will be opportunities to work collaboratively across a range of projects and contribute to the development of the ‘Science across diverse societies’ research theme within CSKBS.

Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum’ project overview: Our project seeks to build an understanding of the social and cultural contexts of public perceptions of the relationship between ‘science’ and ‘religion’ across all faiths and none. This innovative and unique research project employs five intersecting approaches: social science field research; oral history, historical and media analysis; experimental social psychology; and a large-scale survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada. For further details, please go to:

The Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society (CSKBS) is a multidisciplinary Research Centre that fosters open-minded social science and humanities based research on: the public understanding and communication of the relationship between science and religion, research into the sociology and psychology of religion, and the role of science, knowledge and belief in diverse societies. For further details please go to: /research-centres/2371

Research Fellow candidates should expect to undertake and play a significant role in the Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum’ project, to contribute to project publications and the development of future research within CSKBS. Therefore, they are expected to have a relevant disciplinary background and an interest in/enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project and the Centre’s wider research.

You will hold a relevant doctoral qualification. You will have a record of research activity commensurate with your career stage. It is essential that the post holder have experience of working with survey based methodologies and expertise in the usage of relevant statistical software to conduct appropriate analysis.

We welcome applications from experienced, enthusiastic and creative early career researchers with backgrounds in:

  • science and technology studies
  • quantitative sociology
  • human geography
  • other related areas of social scientific research

Where relevant mentoring and support will be provided to assist you to develop your own subsequent research projects in this field, and to undertake teaching and doctoral supervision as part of your career development within CSKBS.

The post is expected to start in May/June 2016.

Informal enquiries regarding the above post may be made with, Dr, Fern Elsdon-Baker,,

Further particulars can be obtained from our vacancies web page  or alternatively e-mail: or telephone 0121 476 1181 ext. 2398

Please note that we reserve the right to remove this advert prior to the advertised date, dependent on the level of response received.  You are therefore advised to apply at your earliest convenience.

Salary scale: £31,656 –  £35, 609 per annum

Closing date for applications: 15th April 2016 – 1pm BST

Interviews will be held on Monday 25th April 2016


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