Posted on: 21 December, 2018
Application deadline: February 14, 2019

Post-doctoral Research Associate in Philosophy, University of Stirling, Scotland

Full Time Fixed term from 1 April 2019 to 31 January 2022. Grade 7 (£33,199 – £39,609 per annum) Closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 14 February 2019. Interviews are expected to take place between 14-15 March 2019.

The Post

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling is offering one 34-month full-time Post-doctoral Research Associate in Philosophy. The Research Associate will work in collaboration with Professor Rowan Cruft (Stirling, Principal Investigator), Professor Fabienne Peter (Warwick, Co-Investigator) and Dr Jonathan Heawood (Stirling, Project Senior Research Fellow) on a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled ‘Norms for the New Public Sphere’.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in philosophy, and we welcome applicants with research interests across the range of the discipline – from e.g. epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of law – who can demonstrate how their work connects with some area related to one or more aspects of the project (see Project Summary below).

The successful candidate will be expected to work with Cruft, Heawood and Peter on the project, and to take a significant role in the project’s outputs, while also engaging in logistical work with Cruft organising the project events. The aim is to provide an opportunity for an early career academic to be integrated into research conducted in conjunction with the senior project members, while also enabling them to be a participant in policy proposal development working closely with the project’s practitioner partners.

The successful candidate will be a full-time member of the Division of Law and Philosophy at the University of Stirling. The University provides a welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting all individuals’ differences. We therefore welcome applications from people who identify with any of the Protected Characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.

The post is offered as a full-time appointment for 34 months to start on 1 April 2019.

Summary and aims of the project

The project brings together academic philosophers with those working in media studies and media activists and professionals, in order to investigate the opportunities and challenges that new social media pose for the ‘public sphere’.  The project team will criticise and consider the norms that could underpin a media policy framework for the internet age.  The project will assess three core principles that are often taken to be at the heart of a liberal media policy: (a) an epistemic value principle supporting acquisition and sharing of knowledge, (b) a liberal self-government principle protecting equal participation rights, and constituting participants as a self-governing polity, (c) a principle requiring appropriate space for privacy.

For further information on the post please see attached document.

The University

The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.

In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by £50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.

With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally-excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University’s groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling’s research is making a positive impact on people’s health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.

The essence of the University is its great people: its staff (1,500+), students (14,000+) and alumni (85,000+) are helping to shape the world. In 2018, the University retained its five-star QS rating, awarded to world-class universities. With more than 120 nationalities represented on campus, Stirling is a truly global university of distinction and an employer of choice.

Stirling’s leading researchers, scholars and global student population are attracted by the University’s unique learning environment, exceptional facilities, beautiful campus and student-centred approach, where ability, not background, is recognised and valued.

Equality and diversity, and treating everyone with respect, are central to the University’s ethos and activities. Stirling promotes equality and celebrate diversity through a variety of initiatives. The University is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award – the national charter recognising best practice in advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University is located in the city of Stirling; the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The 330-acre campus encompasses a loch, a golf course and the 18th-century Airthrey Castle. It is undoubtedly one of the most attractive campuses in Europe; ranked 1st in Scotland and the UK, in the International Student Barometer 2016.

About Us

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, our students have the desire to explore, to innovate and to create. One of the largest Faculties in the University, our subject areas are renowned for international and world-leading research. Our work is well represented in national and international journals, at academic conferences around the world and in the media.

We offer students a broad range of subjects to study in an exciting, research-led and highly interdisciplinary environment. Our teaching is regarded as innovative and the levels of student satisfaction are consistently high. A vibrant intellectual community is constantly enriched and renewed by the contribution of visiting scholars and practitioners.

The Faculty encompasses four multidisciplinary divisions: Communications, Media & Culture; History and Politics; Literature and Languages; and the Division of Law and Philosophy.

Philosophy Philosophy at Stirling prides itself on combining an innovative teaching programme with research at the highest level. We offer an excellent undergraduate teaching programme centred in the analytic tradition broadly conceived and covering all major aspects of the subject, and we are committed to providing a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which students can easily feel at home. We regularly score 98-100 % overall satisfaction in the UK’s National Student Survey, significantly above the sector average. The St Andrews and Stirling Graduate Programme in Philosophy (SASP), taught in partnership with St Andrews University, is Scotland’s leading centre for graduate study in Philosophy and one of the highest-ranked Philosophy schools in the United Kingdom.

We have an active research environment with weekly Visiting Speaker Seminars, frequent Conferences and Workshops, and ongoing research projects. The research expertise of our staff members includes: • Legal, Moral and Political Philosophy • Mind and Knowledge • Philosophy of Logic and Language

Philosophy staff have been particularly successful in attracting external research funding through individual projects and collaborative ventures.

Stirling was the first Scottish philosophy unit to adopt the BPA/SWIP best practice scheme for women in philosophy; we are committed to equality and diversity across our activities.

Description of Duties

The appointee to the Research Associateship will be expected to:

• Conduct and publish original research within the remit of the project, including potential collaborative work with the other investigators. • Take responsibility for the organisation of workshops and assist the project leaders in organising conferences and other events. • Attend and participate fully in the fortnightly project seminars and oversee the production of online minutes. • Maintain up-to-date online bibliographies and online information about project seminars and outcomes. • Manage project deadlines. • Contribute fully to the public engagement activities of the project.

Essential Criteria

Qualifications • The candidate must, by the time of appointment, have completed a Ph.D. in an area of Philosophy relevant to the project’s agenda.

Research • A demonstrated record of high research achievement in Philosophy • Evidence of outstanding research potential • A strong background in areas of Philosophy that connect to the ‘Norms for the New Public Sphere’ project – this could include epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of law.

Skills, Attitude, & Behaviour • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work independently • Evidence of excellent administrative and project management skills • Proven ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with colleagues and external parties • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills • Excellent time management skills including ability to prioritise workload

Desirable Criteria

• Previous experience of working in a research team • Previous experience of conference or project administration • Record of research publications in areas relevant to the project

Additional Information

In addition to a covering letter and CV, you should upload as part of your application:

• A one-page description of your planned individual research, indicating how it will contribute to and interact with the project’s agenda. • A sample of your recent written work, perhaps one full length journal article or two shorter papers.

You should at the same time ask two referees to submit references in support of your application by email before the closing date to:

Further details of all aspects of the planned project and posts can be obtained from: Professor Rowan Cruft, email:, telephone +44 (0)1786 466230.

The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme with employer contributions of 18%. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University’s excellent Sport Centre facilities and the option of childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme.

A full list of FAQs can be found here, we recommend you read these before making your application.

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Terms and conditions of this post can be found at

After the closing date, this job advert will no longer be available on the University of Stirling website therefore please keep a copy for your records.

Available documents

Original listing