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Lecturer in Philosophy of Science (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Job category Junior faculty / Tenure-track or similar
AOS Philosophy of Science (very broadly construed to encompass Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Social Science, and Philosophy of Medicine)
AOS categories Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Physics
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Social Science
AOC Philosophy of Cognitive Science
AOC categories Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number UOS024108
Location Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Start date 01 September 2020
Job description

The Department of Philosophy wishes to appoint to an open-ended lectureship l(equivalent to an Assistant Professor in North American terms) in Philosophy of Science. This research specialism is very broadly construed, to include any of its sub-disciplines, including philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of physics, philosophy of biology and philosophy of medicine. Competence to teach on our Cognitive Studies MA is a requirement of this post. 

This is an ideal opportunity for a scholar with outstanding research potential and excellent teaching ability to join one of the leading philosophy departments in the United Kingdom. The postholder will contribute to the Department’s outstanding research profile through the production of high-quality research; it would be an advantage if that research had potential for Impact beyond the academic community. Their specialist research area will be in Philosophy of Science broadly construed. They will have a standard teaching load that will require a competence to design and deliver modules in Philosophy of Science broadly construed at multiple undergraduate levels, to contribute to postgraduate teaching (modules and supervision) on our Philosophy and Cognitive Studies MAs, and to supervise at PhD level. An ability to teach non-Western philosophy would be an advantage. We also welcome applicants who work in the history of philosophy. The successful applicant will also contribute to the Department’s presence across the University, in particular its Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and, through outreach and knowledge exchange activities, in the local community and beyond. 

The Department of Philosophy currently consists of 18 permanent members of staff, across an unusually broad range of areas. We have a thriving research culture, and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework our publications were ranked 2nd in the UK.  Each year the Department hosts a wide range of conferences, workshops, reading groups and seminars. In addition, we have been home to a variety of large research projects, including the Leverhulme Bias and Blame Project, the Leverhulme Pragmatism and Idealism Network, and the AHRC Culture and Mind Project. We are also home to the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Science, the Centre for Engaged Philosophy and (alongside York and Leeds) the White Rose Centre for the History of Philosophy. We have a large and vibrant postgraduate community. Our operations are underpinned by a team of 5 administrative staff within the department.

The department offers BAs in Single Honours Philosophy, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and twelve dual honours degrees. We have an MA in Philosophy and interdisciplinary MAs in Political Theory (run with the Politics Department) and in Cognitive Studies. Staff from a range of other departments participate in teaching on our Cognitive Studies MA. We have home and international PhD students across a wide range of areas of the subject and with a range of different funding sources.

Our website offers more information about all aspects of the department’s activity:   www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy

Following the closing date, we will contact you by email by 31 December 2019 to let you know whether or not you have been shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the selection process.  It is anticipated that this next stage will be held in the last 2 weeks of January 2020.

How to apply
Application type Online
Reference number: UOS024108 Applicants are required to submit an ANONYMISED writing sample, CV and cover letter.
Web address to apply https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs
Hard deadline November 17, 2019, 6:59pm BST
Web address for more information https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosophy
Contact name Professor Christopher Bennett
Contact email
Contact phone +44 1142 220583
Time created October 9, 2019, 9:32am UTC
Scheduled expiry date November 17, 2019, 6:59pm BST
Expired on November 18, 2019, 7:46pm BST
Last updated January 18, 2020, 3:00pm UTC
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