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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ancient Mediterranean Religions

University of Texas at Austin

Job Description

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ancient Mediterranean Religions


Hiring Department:

Department of Religious Studies


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:

Sep 01, 2023


Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2025





Job Details:

ISAC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ancient Mediterranean Religions

Department of Religious Studies

The University of Texas at Austin

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin seeks to appoint in Fall 2023 a two-year postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins (ISAC) in the field of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (AMR). We seek early career scholars working in Christian origins (including New Testament studies, Second Temple Judaism, Early Christianity, and Late Antiquity) whose research engages non-traditional archives and diverse perspectives. Specifically, our priority is to support scholarship in AMR that engages with one or more of the following themes:

Decoloniality and Subalternity:

Research that examines the role of religion among communities struggling against systems of oppression such as colonization or other forms of dominance. Topics may include, but are not limited to, religious identities of racialized, ethnic, disabled, gendered, and sexual minorities; religious experiences of enslaved persons; feminist and intersectional interpretation of biblical texts; hagiographies of the socially marginal.

Migration and Diaspora Studies:

Research that explores religious practice among populations shaped by displacement or alienation from their cultures of origin. Topics may include, but are not limited to, xenophobia and religious prejudice toward migrants; religion in borderland communities; cross-cultural/cross religious textual reception; religion and diasporic identities; religious boundary crossing and hybridity.

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field with a specialization in the area of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Ph.D. must have been received no more than three years prior to the start date. Besides a competitive stipend, this position includes support for relocation, research expenses, and organizing a symposium or conference.

Review of applications will begin 30 days after position is posted or around Dec. 4, 2022. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.


  • Teach two courses per academic year, one in each long semester.
  • Present research work in a department or area colloquium in the first year of the postdoc
  • In the second year, organize a research symposium or conference on an interdisciplinary topic, preferably in collaboration with another department or research unit at UT Austin.
  • Participate in department and university intellectual communities and programs concerning Christian Origins, Biblical Studies, and Late Antiquity.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field in the area of Ancient Mediterranean Religions by the time of appointment. Ph.D. must have been received no more than three years prior to the start date.

Salary, benefits, and research support: 

  • $65,000 salary plus standard faculty benefits.
  • $4,000 in relocation support.
  • $4,000/year in research support.
  • Additional funds from ISAC will be available for organizing a conference or research symposium.

Required Materials:

  • CV
  • The names of 3 academic references with their contact information
  • Letter of interest
  • A brief writing sample (no more than 12,000 words)
  • A syllabus for an upper division course
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) statement detailing how your teaching, service, and/or scholarship has or will help address disparities broadly conceived. For guidance see https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/drafting-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-dei-statement


Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the most recent report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe Street, UTA 2.206, Austin, Texas 78701.

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