Kirby Laing Post Doctoral Fellow in New Testament

University of Aberdeen - School of Divinity, History and Philosophy

Thanks to a generous award from the Kirby Laing Foundation, the University of Aberdeen has established a postdoctoral fellowship scheme to support talented early career academics working in the area of New Testament Studies. This allows the University to appoint an early career/postdoctoral appointment every 3 years, during which the successful candidate will undertake a 3 year research project of her/his own design, which will include a significant impact component.

The successful candidate will have been awarded a doctorate in New Testament within the last 5 years (although allowances will be made for career breaks, alternative career pathways and other personal circumstances) or will be expected to gain the degree by the time the appointment commences. S/he will have demonstrated a capacity to develop research in the field at the highest level and will have the skills and knowledge required to teach New Testament at the appropriate levels, including demonstrable proficiency in New Testament Greek. The candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to developing impact, as this has been understood by the RCUK and in the context of REF, and will be expected to outline an impact component to their proposed research project.

The main purpose of this role is to develop research in the field of New Testament Studies at the highest level. A degree of focus on research impact will be central. Additionally the post holder will teach in the discipline at SCQF levels 7-11 and will have some involvement in postgraduate supervision. It is expected that the person appointed will contribute generally to the research environment of the School.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£32,004- £38,184 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor John Morrison, Head of School Divinity, History & Philosophy by telephone (01224 273733) or email (

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark ( for further information.

Candidates should outline in the cover letter their anticipated programmes of research, including a statement on how they intend to develop impact through collaboration with non-academic partners (e.g., churches and public organisations).  

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