Full time, 3 years fixed-term
We are looking to recruit an experienced three-year research assistant to assist with the delivery, communication and management of the 'Clash Narratives in Context: Uncovering the Social and Cultural Drivers of Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates' project within the newly created University Research Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. We would welcome applications from experienced, enthusiastic and creative humanities and social science early career researchers or those wishing to further develop a career in this area of academic study.
There is a surprising and significant gap in current social science and humanities research into the nature of contemporary public domain discussions about the relationship between science and religion as a phenomenon in its own right. We subsequently have little understanding of how the mainstream representations of this debate fit with the lived experience of individuals. This large scale multidisciplinary project will build an empirical and theoretical understanding of what social and cultural factors have driven, and are currently driving, the narrative in the public domain that there is a necessary clash between religious belief and belonging and acceptance of evolutionary science.
This innovative and unique research project will employ four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada.
Coventry University will lead this 3-year research project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust in partnership with York University (Canada) and National Life Stories at the British Library and British Science Association. The research team is led by Principal Investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York, Canada), and Co-Investigators Dr Carola Leicht (Coventry) and Dr Rebecca Catto (Coventry). The project will commence 1st October 2014.
Candidates should expect to undertake and play a significant role in the development and delivery of the 'Clash Narratives in Context: Uncovering the Social and Cultural Drivers of Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates' project and to contribute to project publications, the development of downstream research and applied projects in this field of study. Therefore they are expected to have a relevant disciplinary background and an interest in/enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project. The post is for three years in the first instance, with further opportunities available subject to achieving specific research activity and development objectives.
Applicants should apply online, making explicit reference to how they meet the person specification provided. Specific questions can be directed to Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker by email only (Fern.Elsdon-Baker@coventry.ac.uk)
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Interviews: 6th-9th May 2014