Postdoctoral researcher, Rethinking the relationship of religion and solidarity from an interdisciplinary perspective - 2019BAPFSWEF140

Country: Belgium;

City: Antwerpen

Vacancy added: 17.05.2019

Employer: University of Antwerp

Resumes due: 07.07.2019


The University of Antwerp is seeking to fill 1 full-time (100 %) vacancy in the Urban Studies Institute for a

Postdoctoral researcher for the project ‘Rethinking the relationship of religion and solidarity from an interdisciplinary perspective’

The position is offered in the framework of the BOF-GOA-funded research project Solidarity and religion in a modernizing and post-secular context: an historical, politico-philosophical and sociological analysis’.

Project description: Our project will examine whether religious inspirations and faith-based practices could provide answers to some of the problems facing solidarity mechanisms today – particularly the need to look beyond the logic of the nation state. Specifically, we analyze (1) the impact of religion on the way the community of givers and receivers is conceived and (2) how faith-based practices are related to the modern or modernizing context.

In concrete terms, faith-based forms of solidarity are empirically examined in two PhD-projects. Subproject 1 examines the role of religion in solidarity during Western modernization for the period between ca. 1650 to ca. 1914 from an historical perspective. Subproject 2 examines contemporary religiously inspired views and practices of solidarity from a sociological and philosophical angle. In a third project, a postdoc rethinks the relationship of religion and solidarity from an interdisciplinary perspective and through an historical analysis of sociology as the science of solidarity itself.

Job description

  • You contribute to research at the Centre for Research on Environmental and Social Change (Department of Sociology) at the University of Antwerp.
  • You collaborate closely with scholars working on the relationship between religion and solidarity at the Centre for Urban History (Department of History) and the Centre Pieter Gillis (Political philosophy) at the University of Antwerp.
  • You have the opportunity to contribute to teaching at the Sociology Department to a limited extent.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a doctoral degree in sociology, history, philosophy, anthropology, human geography or a related discipline.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • You have experience with interdisciplinary approaches and you excel in conceptual analysis.
  • You have the capacity and willingness to offer scientific support to a team of researchers.
  • You have a high degree of research independence, yet also a strong potential and preference for collaborative work.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You are able to demonstrate language proficiency in English (active); passive knowledge of French, German or Dutch is welcomed.
  • Scholars with a migration background are strongly encouraged to apply.

We offer

  • a full time position for four years (after a positive evaluation after one year);
  • the start date of the position will be October 1, 2019;
  • a gross monthly grant ranging from € 4.134,93 - € 6.446,00;
  • the dynamic and stimulating work environment of the Urban Studies Institute (and the related research centers) at the University of Antwerp.

How to apply?

  • Applications are submitted online, until the closing date July 7nd 2019.
  • Applicants should also upload a statement of experience, qualification and interest.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • Shortlisted candidates, selected to take part in interviews, will be notified by 21 July 2019. The interviews will take place on 19 August 2019.
  • More information about the online application form can be obtained form
  • For any questions about the project, the profile and the job description, please contact Stijn Oosterlynck (

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