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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy

University of Stirling

Location: Stirling
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th May 2020
Closes: 18th June 2020
Job Ref: FAC01202

Job number: FAC01202

Location: Stirling Campus

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Working Pattern: Full time

Salary: Grade 7 £33,797 - £40,322 p.a.

Closing date: 18 June 2020

Summary and aims of the project:

The notion of risk plays a central role in economics, finance, health, psychology, law and elsewhere–and is prevalent in managing challenges and resources in day-to-day life. Almost all of the existing literature on risk takes it for granted that there is one and only one legitimate notion of risk: the probabilistic notion on which the risk of an event or state of affairs is equated with its probability. The primary aim of this research project is to challenge this monist view of risk and provide a philosophical framework for a pluralist perspective, on which there are multiple, equally legitimate, notions of risk. This new framework will then be applied to crucial questions about risk that arise in psychology, criminal law, outdoor sports, and risk management. More information about the project can be found on

The Post

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling is offering one 30-month full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy. The Research Fellow will work in collaboration with Dr Philip Ebert (Stirling, Principal Investigator) and Dr Martin Smith (Edinburgh, Co-Investigator) on a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled ‘Varieties of Risk’.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Philosophy and should be at an early career stage. We welcome applicants with research interests in epistemology (traditional or formal), philosophy of psychology, or philosophy of law who are able demonstrate how their work connects with one or more aspects of the project (see Project Summary above). Some experience with knowledge exchange and impact activities are desirable. Existing expertise in specific project topics, such as the philosophy of risk or in specific research methodologies, such as experimental methods, would be an additional strength but are not required.

Description of Duties

  • Conduct and publish original research within the remit of the project, including potential collaborative work with other project members
  • 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

Essential Criteria


  • A Ph.D. (pending or assumed complete) in an area of Philosophy relevant to the project’s agenda


  • A demonstrated record of high research achievement in Philosophy, commensurate with their career stage
  • Evidence of outstanding research potential
  • A strong background in areas of Philosophy that connect to the project –such as epistemology, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of law

For further information, including a full description of duties, essential and desirable criteria and details on how to apply, please see

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