Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow / Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy job with AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

  • Two continuing, full-time, research-only positions at the undergraduate level of researcher, principal investigator, or associate professor (equivalent to an assistant and associate professor in the United States)
  • Specialty areas are open, with a preference for areas that will diversify the Research Institute’s existing strengths, including but not limited to moral, social, and political philosophy
  • Level of appointment commensurate with experience

About UCA:

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community that welcomes students and staff of all faiths. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting over 34,000 students across eight campuses – Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Blacktown and Rome.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to understand and actively contribute to the mission and values ​​of ACU.

About the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy:

The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is the largest such faculty in Australia, consisting of two national schools; the School of Theology and the School of Philosophy and the Institute of Religion and Critical Inquiry and the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy. The ACU has prioritized the intensification of research and has developed a strategy designed to achieve excellence in a number of priority strategic areas, including theology and philosophy. The result has been a remarkable transformation of the University’s research position. In the 2019 THE World University Rankings, ACU moved to the 401-500 group for Research and more specifically to the 201-300 group in the Arts and Humanities subject rankings, which includes Philosophy. The investment in theology and philosophy is further highlighted by the results of the recent research quality assessment conducted by the Australian Research Council, known as ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia). The results of the 2018 ERA rank ACU first in Religious and Religious Studies in Australia, with our research in Philosophy and Religious and Religious Studies ranked ‘Above the World Standard’. We offer theology and philosophy to students at any stage of their life or professional journey, with learning opportunities offered through multiple points of engagement and through a variety of modes of delivery.

About the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy:

Research Institutes have been established at ACU as rigorous interdisciplinary and collaborative research environments without disciplinary boundaries, facilitating immediate and ongoing collaborations of ACU researchers with interpersonal and national experts and enabling exceptional opportunities for innovative research to be carried out on a large scale. This creates the potential for profound impact to benefit the research community and society as a whole.

The Dianoia Institute of Philosophy develops ACU’s expertise in epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of mind, language and science, logic, aesthetics, history of philosophy and philosophy of religion, thus establishing a solid program of philosophy in the analytical field. tradition. Dianoia has an international outlook and is looking for a diverse staff profile. Philosophy at ACU organizes many events. Each year, philosophers from the Melbourne campus hold research seminars at the ACU campus in Rome, Italy, as well as in Melbourne. For more information on Dianoia and ACU, visit:

About the role:

These two opportunities aim to diversify the research strengths of the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy in areas of philosophy such as moral, social and political philosophy. The Researcher/Principal Researcher/Associate Professor will conduct and publish high quality research in major international media in their area of ​​expertise.

More specifically, the roles involve:

  • Contribute to the research life of the Institute by participating in collaborative grant applications.
  • Improve research partnerships, participate in research seminars and attend conferences to disseminate research results.
  • Attract and supervise graduate research students, advise on the development of research-related teaching initiatives, and contribute to the collegial culture of the university, in accordance with the expectations of the duties of the appointment.

You will need to have:

  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline of philosophy.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract external research grants.
  • Level D: An outstanding and sustained record of research achievement, as evidenced by a consistent profile of excellent peer-reviewed publications in reputable presses and journals. Level C: A sustained record of research achievement, as evidenced by a consistent profile of excellent peer-reviewed publications in reputable presses and journals. Level B: A track record of research achievement, as evidenced by a consistent profile of excellent peer-reviewed publications in reputable presses and journals.
  • Level C, D: Successful experience supervising senior level research students and the ability to contribute to best practice in research training.
  • Level D: Demonstrated ability to provide effective and collegial leadership of a collaborative research team, including through international partnerships. Level B, C: Demonstrated ability to participate in a collaborative research team.
  • Level D: Demonstrated ability to engage a wide audience and promote the university’s strength in philosophy. Level B, C: Demonstrated ability to engage a wide audience in the chosen area of ​​expertise.

The University pursues a program of excellence and provides an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to register:

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The level of appointment will be commensurate with experience. ACU offers competitive salaries commensurate with academic standing, plus a 17% employer pension contribution. The positions also attract a generous research allowance.

Start dates are negotiable. All applications received before the closing date will be fully considered, but late applications may be considered until positions are filled.

General inquiries can be sent to Bita Ekhtiari, director of the institute at: [email protected]

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ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from diverse cultural groups are encouraged.

Closing of applications: August 24, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time