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Research Fellow, Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History (DHP123R)

‘Growing in Friendship’ is a 1-year project based in and funded by Lyn’s House Cambridge.  The project will research how people experience belonging to the community and its impact on their lives and faith.  Central to its approach is the commitment that members of the Lyn’s House community will be participants in the research rather than objects of it.  This will involve developing appropriate and potentially innovative methodological and practical approaches, including reflection on questions of theology and spirituality, to enable this for a mixed-ability community.

School/Section: Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History
Division: Divinity & Religious Studies
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £37,099
Ref No: DHP123R
Closing Date: 26-SEP-2023


Job Description

The successful candidate will be the project leader.  They will have been awarded a doctorate in theology and will have experience of living and working with people with intellectual disabilities.  They will have demonstrated a capacity to shape and lead the project so as to enable the Lyn’s House community to participate in the research at all stages, and to present the work of the project in a variety of formats and settings: academic, non-academic and mixed ability.  Applicants will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the capacity to communicate with a wide range of people using a variety of means.

The post is attached to the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability (CSHAD), which sits within the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy and Art History (DHPA).  The Centre exists to help individuals and organizations address pressing spiritual and theological issues and needs within the religious communities and the health and social care professions and within the field of disability theology.

Salary will be at Grade 6, spinal point 30, on the University salary scale £37,099 per annum.  Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and probation period.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor John Swinton, Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies.  Tel: 01224 273224 and Email: 

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Laura Sleigh, HR Adviser, (e-mail: for further information. 

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Job Reference Number:  DHP123R 

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 26 September 2023 

The School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring.  Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.

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