Post-Doctoral Research Associate: Mental Health and Justice

University of York - York Law School

We wish to appoint a fixed-term full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on the ‘Enabling legal capacity through decision making support’ work stream within the ‘Mental Health and Justice’ Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award project.  Based in York Law School, you will work with Matt Matravers and Jillian Craigie King’s College, London on moral and legal questions that surround the idea that respecting persons means respecting their expressed preferences in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. 

You will contribute to the theoretical phase of the work stream by conducting research, analysis and interpretation of research to investigate the moral reasoning underpinning the move towards universal legal capacity and decision-making support.  You will investigate the moral foundations of the relation between choice expressed preference and respecting agency, and the different ways in which the law has captured this relation in different contexts.  You will contribute to writing up the research and providing recommendations for legal/policy developments in this area.

You will have a first degree in law, philosophy or any cognate field and additionally will have or have submitted or immediately pending , a PhD in law, philosophy or political theory, or equivalent experience.   You will have knowledge of legal and moral theory and experience of carrying out independent and collaborative research.  You will also have strong intellectual and team-working skills and a willingness to engage with the project.  An interest in the areas of mental disability and/or mental health is desirable.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Matt Matravers  in advance of applying to find out more about the position and the bid into which it fits. This is a 2.2 year position with a proposed start date of September 2017 negotiable . 

The post is available full-time, on a fixed-term contract basis.

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