Lecturer in THEOLOGY AND NATURAL SCIENCE
Faculty of Divinity intends to make a new appointment to the
Starbridge Lectureship in Theology and Natural Science following
the retirement of the current holder, Dr Fraser Watts, in September
Faculty invites applications from candidates with a proven academic
record in Theology, Religious Studies, the Natural Sciences and/ or
the History and Philosophy of Science. The
appointment will be made at the level of university lecturer.
Starbridge Lectureship was endowed through a benefaction from the
novelist, Mrs Susan Howatch, and first filled in 1994 by the present
holder, Dr Fraser Watts. Cambridge
has long been a significant centre of work on the interface between
Theology and the Sciences. The endowment of the Starbridge
Lectureship in Theology and Natural Science at the University of
Cambridge marked a significant step in the general recognition of the
importance of the field, and firmly established Cambridge as a major
centre of it.
person appointed to this post will have the opportunity to build on
this tradition. She or he will be expected to have a doctorate in a
relevant field and a strong research record demonstrating a high
level of expertise both in Theology and in a specific area of the
Natural Sciences and/or
the History and Philosophy of Science.
The Faculty are not specifying any preferred specialism, but
applicants will be invited to explain how their research interests
and plans would relate to those currently exercised within the
Faculty, both in its broader profile in Theology and Religious
Studies, and in relation to the particular research interests
represented in the Faculty.
establishment of the Faculty of Divinity consists of 21 University
Teaching Officers. The Theological and Religious Studies Tripos is a
three-year undergraduate course. Theology
and Science is an important part of this Tripos, and attracts good
student numbers; the
successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching
of Tripos papers in Theology and Natural Science. The present
post-holder offers a survey paper in Theology and Natural Science,
and a more specialist paper in the psychological study of religion.
The precise choice of specialist papers would depend on the strengths
of the appointee. The
successful candidate may be asked to undertake supervision of Tripos
students by some Colleges.
is also a one-year course for the postgraduate Diploma in Theology
and Religious Studies and a one-year course for the M.Phil. in
Theology and Religious Studies. The person appointed will be expected
to contribute to teaching for the M Phil and will have the
opportunity to develop appropriate courses. The Faculty is
responsible for about 100 research students, including some working
on topics in the field of Science and Religion; the supervision of
PhD students is one of the duties of the Starbridge Lecturer. There
is potential for MPhil and doctoral numbers to be increased.
University Teaching Officers in the Faculty are expected to share in
the examining of undergraduate and graduate students, and to fulfil
administrative duties as directed. They are expected to engage in
independent research at the highest levels of excellence.
is hoped that the successful candidate will be able to take up
appointment on 1 September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The appointment will be subject to five years’ probation.
University Lecturers are entitled to apply for a Senior Lectureship,
Readership or Professorship under the University’s procedures for
Senior Academic Promotion.
to a University Lectureship does not carry with it election to a
College Fellowship, but the successful applicant may subsequently be
invited by a College to accept election.
pensionable scale of stipends is £37,012- £46,846.
enquiries may be made to Professor Judith Lieu, Chairman of the
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should consist of a CV and a completed application form CHRIS/6
, and should include the following details:
address and full contact details;
qualifications and professional experience;
current occupation and salary;
names, addresses, and full contact details of three referees.
should be sent to the Administrative Officer of the Faculty of
Divinity, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9BS so as to reach him not later
should ask their referees to write to him by this date, without
waiting for a formal request.
It is expected that interviews will take place in March.
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Lecturer in Theology and Natural Science
are invited for the Starbridge Lectureship (Grade 9, £37,012-
in Theology and Natural Science from candidates with a proven
academic record in Theology, Religious Studies, the Natural Sciences
and/or the History and Philosophy of Science.
successful candidate should
doctorate in a relevant field and a strong research record
demonstrating a high level of expertise both in Theology and in a
specific area of the Natural Sciences and/or
the History and Philosophy of Science.
should be able to take up the post on 1 September 2013. The
appointment will be subject to five years’ probation.
particulars and an application form (CHRIS/6
) are available from the Administrative Officer in the Faculty of
Divinity (tel: (01223) 763002; e-mail:
to whom applications should be sent by 14 January 2013. Additional
information on the Faculty is available at: