Research Fellow in Church History (Orthodoxy as Solidarity)
1 September 2018
May 1, 2018
Full Or Part Time:
Period of employment: 1.09.2018-31.12. 2020
The postdoctoral fellow will be working on the research project led by Dr Irina Paert under the title “Orthodoxy as Solidarity: an examination of popular and conciliar Orthodoxy (the case-study of the Baltic provinces and independent Estonia, 1897-1940 in a comparative perspective)”. The project has received funding from the University of Tartu for three years and is based in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Tartu.
Eligibility requirements: He/she will have his/her PhD completed within the last 7 years by the time of employment in the area of church history, historical theology or religious studies with the focus on the Russian Orthodox Church on a topic which is congruent with the project, and willing to redirect one’s research theme in the required direction. See also job description of the Research Fellow.
- experience of working in the historical archives,
- working knowledge of Russian and English, willingness to learn Estonian
- a good record of publications in accordance with the stage of the career and high motivation to publish in the leading peer-reviewed journals
- IT skills relevant for the project, including the ability to maintain a web-site of the project, uploading digitised materials
- Having initiative and ability to work independently in accordance with the agreed program of research
- Communication and organisational skills
- Ability and desire for research networking and grant application
- Knowledge of Estonian
Work duties A postdoctoral fellow will work under supervision of Dr Paert. His/her duties consist of high-quality research under the main guidelines of the project and publication in the peer-reviewed journals, development of the digital part of the project and some administration connected with the project (research colloquium and conference organisation). The position requires some presence in the School of Theology and Religious Studies and participation in the research life of the school. The terms of the fellow’s presence in Tartu can be negotiated.
Assessment criteria Particular weight is given to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to research in the field, but teaching skills and administrative proficiency will also be considered.
Necessary documents: CV with the publication record, one copy of a recent publication. The names of two referees. To be sent to the coordinator of the School Heddy Haljak heddy.haljak [ät] ut.ee
University of Tartu is one of 2% of the top universities in the world (THE World University Rankings), the 5th university in the Eastern region and has the highest ranked university in the Baltics. It has a strong emphasis on research-led teaching, with the members of department leading research projects and networks that are funded by Estonian and international research grants.
Information about the School of Theology and Religious Studies
The school has many cooperative agreements with different churches in Estonia, but is not directly related to any of them, maintaining its academic independence. Theology taught at the school can be described as protestant, but is not linked to any specific protestant church. Religious studies at the school strives to maintain its independence and neutrality in these matters and concentrates on strictly academic research and teaching, working in close cooperation with the Estonian Society for the Study of Religions and the Estonian Academic Theological Society.
The school is organised into separate Chairs: Chair of Church History, Chair of Systematic Theology, Chair of Practical Theology, Chair of New Testament Studies, Chair of Old Testament and Semitic Studies and Chair of Comparative Religious Studies. In addition, the University of Tartu Asian Centre is located at the school, uniting all the scholars of Asia – from the School of Economics, to Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, to the Institute of Cultural Research and Arts and so on – who are working at the University of Tartu. You can find more information about the Chairs and current faculty members here.
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Application documents to be sent to Heddy Haljak before 1 May. Heddy.Haljak [ät] ut.ee
For more information about the position: Urmas Nõmmik urmas.nommik [ät] ut.ee and Irina Paert irina [ät] paert.com