JOB: McMaster University, Assistant Professor, Early Judaism and Early Christianity

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McMaster University, Religious Studies

Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Early Judaism and Early Christianity



The Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the Assistant Professor level (or the Associate Professor level in exceptional circumstances) beginning July 1, 2017.  The successful candidate must fit the structure and strengths of the department's Biblical Field, which is marked by its dedication to studying early Judaism and early Christianity in light of one another, focusing on the Hellenistic to Roman periods.  The ideal candidate should, therefore, have competence in both early Judaism and early Christianity.  Demonstration of excellence and/or outstanding promise in the areas of research, graduate supervision, and undergraduate teaching is essential.  A Ph.D. in a field pertinent to the study of early Judaism and/or early Christianity is required by the time of appointment.

The Department of Religious Studies is committed to enhancing diversity, while complementing the strengths of current faculty.  This search is undertaken to recruit a colleague who can help us achieve these goals.  Religious Studies at McMaster has earned a reputation as one of the premiere departments of its kind in North America.  Comprising three graduate fields (Asian, Biblical, and Western), research is conducted employing a wide variety of approaches:  textual, ethnographic, historical, philosophical, theological, theoretical, and philological.  There are currently 50 graduate students enrolled in the department's M.A. and Ph.D. programmes, with 14 faculty members active in graduate supervision.  More information on the department can be found at

Applicants should submit an application package consisting of the following:  a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two writing samples, a 1-2 page teaching statement with evidence of teaching excellence, a 1-2 page research statement, and the names and full contact information for three academic references.  The search committee will request letters directly from these references at a later stage in the search process, as needed. 

Materials sent from applicants must be submitted through the University's electronic portal at  Queries should be addressed to Dr. Daniel Machiela, Chair, Department of Religious Studies at:

The selection committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2016, with the potential for preliminary interviews to take place either by video conference or at the SBL/AAR meeting in San Antonio on November 19-22.

To comply with the Government of Canada's reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants' status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

McMaster Univesity is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff.  The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons.  If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).


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