Call for Applications
Associates to participate in the research project
Judaism, Christianity and
Institute for Advanced Study
(Princeton, NJ, USA) and University of Bern (BE, CH)
The project “Interactive Histories, Co-Produced Communities:
Judaism, Christianity and Islam” seeks to appoint Postdoctoral
Fellows/Research Associates for a period of two years, to join a
collaborative community of scholars pursuing rigorous historical
research while also committed to exploring ways to address their
findings to a broader public.
This is an opportunity for promising early career researchers
specializing in the histories of Jews/Judaism,
Christians/Christianity, and/or Muslims/Islam to contribute their
own research to a large-scale exploration of the long span of
history of inter-relation between these three faith traditions.
Successful applicants will join a joint research project
directed by Katharina Heyden (University of Bern) and David
Nirenberg (Institute for Advanced Study Princeton), in
collaboration with an extensive international network of
scholars. Appointment will be for up to two years (from
autumn 2022 through summer 2024) with renewal contingent on
satisfactory progress in the first year. Scholars will be
appointed either as Early/Advanced Postdoctoral Fellows at the
University of Bern (at 80-100% effort as defined by Swiss labor
law) or as Research Associates at the Institute for Advanced Study,
but will function as one team, collaborating closely and meeting
regularly both remotely and in person.
Postdoctoral Fellows (Bern)/Research Associates (Princeton) will
be expected to contribute to the general project and to make
progress on their own research. They will have no teaching
During the period of employment, Postdoctoral Fellows/Research
Associates will be expected to
- Carry out research on instances of the co-production of
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and present their research
- Participate in and assist with organizing the Project’s team
meetings, workshops, conferences, and events.
- Collaborate in the project’s media initiatives.
- Contribute to the project’s research archive.
- Applicants must have graduated with their PhD in a relevant
field (History, Religion, Art History, Interreligious Studies,
Theology, etc.), and be no more than ten years from the awarding of
- An appropriate number of publications depending on the
- A general interest in the historical relations between Jews,
Christians, and Muslims as manifest in the candidate’s track
- Strong reading skills in the primary and secondary languages
relevant to the candidate’s proposed area of focus.
- Proficiency with the English language is necessary to perform
the functions of these positions.
The project studies the ways in which Judaism, Christianity and
Islam have taken shape at different places and times over their
roughly two-thousand-year history of thinking with and about one
another, and how the myriad interpretations and retellings of that
conjoined history can help us both to understand relations between
these communities in the past and present, and also to consider
future potentials. An additional goal of the project is to
translate the fruits of this research into multiple media
accessible to diverse audiences.
All research interests that seek to explore some aspect of the
interface and coproduction of these three
religions will receive favorable consideration. Researchers may,
for example, explore (a) how different potential modes of
interaction come to characterize relations between these three
religions at a given place and time, (b) what each religion teaches
about conflict and coexistence with the others, and if/how these
teachings may have influenced each other, (c) to what extent
teachings, rituals or any other feature of each of the three
religions might be understood as results of co-productive
processes, and (d) how past co-productions are put to theological
work in the present, and what normative potentials such work may
Terms of the award:
The initial appointment term is for one year, renewable for a
second year contingent on satisfactory performance.
Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associates will be expected to be in
full-time residence at their appointing institution for the
duration of their appointment. Compensation will vary
depending on the appointing institution, but will be competitive
with equivalent positions and commensurate with
Applicants must submit the following materials:
- A cover letter.
- A curriculum vitae.
- A description of your intended research plans, including a
particular instance of co-production you are especially interested
in researching (no more than 5 pages double spaced).
- A dissertation abstract (250 words).
- A writing sample (no more than 25 pages double-spaced).
- The names and contact information of three recommenders.
- An official transcript.
All applicants will be considered for appointment at both host
institutions. Candidates who wish to be considered for only
one of the host institutions should indicate this in their cover
letter. All application materials should be submitted
electronically as a single PDF file to email@example.com. Unsolicited additional
materials will not be considered.
The deadline for submission of application materials is
March 31, 2022, however late applications may be
considered if the positions have not been filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
The Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Bern are
equal opportunity institutions encouraging a diverse pool of
applicants. We believe in the inherent value of diversity and
equal opportunity, recognizing that a diverse workforce will bring
a wider array of perspectives to our scholarly communities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin,
protected veteran status, disability status, or any other
characteristic protected by law. We are communities of intellectual
inquiry resolutely committed to the values of diversity, equity and
Please note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19
booster is required to work on the Institute for Advanced Study
Individuals are eligible to request an accommodation based on a
medical exemption or profession of sincerely-held religious
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