TWCF Fellowships in Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and the Sciences


University of Cambridge


Cambridge, England, U.K.


Further particulars for these posts, including more detail on the three subject areas, selection criteria, and application instructions can be obtained by emailing Dr Philip McCosker at Informal enquiries about these posts may be directed to Professor Sarah Coakley (

Salary: Grade 7 £27, 854--36, 298 per annum with generous provision for college expenses.

The deadline for applications is 9 a.m. (U.K. time) on Tuesday 7 January 2014. Interviews will be held in Cambridge in February/March 2014.

The University of Cambridge values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University of Cambridge has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the U.K.


1 September 2014-31 August 2017

Three fixed-term postdoctoral fellowships to be held for three years are available for suitably qualified candidates to work in the fields of theology, philosophy of religion, and the sciences at the University of Cambridge in a project led by Professor Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, and funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. These positions are designed to enable new research and collaboration linking these fields, building on sustained engagement with some of the world's foremost scientists, philosophers, and theologians at Cambridge.

Each post will be embedded within specific research clusters in the natural sciences, one each in: (1) cosmology; (2) evolutionary biology; (3) neuroscience. Successful candidates will be expected to have graduate qualifications in theology or philosophy of religion. They will work closely with scientific colleagues on a daily basis, as well as linking with relevant other departments (especially philosophy of science) within the university.


Candidates will be expected to show evidence of potential for excellent research and innovative thinking. They will also be required to demonstrate aptitude for engaging in high-level cross-disciplinary conversations and the ability to make an intellectual difference in such collaborations. To be eligible for consideration candidates must have a completed Ph.D. in one of the specified areas by the time of application. If their Ph.D. is not in theology or philosophy of religion, they must demonstrate high level qualifications in at least one of these areas.