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ERC Research Fellow

UCL - Department of Philosophy

Location: London
Salary: £36,028 to £43,533 UCL Grade 7, per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st December 2020
Closes: 22nd January 2021
Job Ref: 1873625

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow for Roots of Responsibility ERC project, at the Department of Philosophy, UCL, to conduct research in a subject relevant to the project.

The Fellow will also participate in related activities, such as contributing new ideas for research projects, assisting in shaping the research agenda, and both attending and presenting at conferences and research workshops belonging to Roots of Responsibility.

Roots of Responsibility: Metaphysics, Humanity, and Society ( is a five-year, €2.1 million project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (project ID: 789270). The aim of the project is to advance traditional philosophical debates about responsibility and free will by exploring the network of human capacities responsibility involves and the social, institutional and interpersonal contexts in which questions about responsibility arise.

The post is fixed-term for two years in the first instance commencing from 1 October 2021.

The successful candidate will be required to conduct research of the highest quality in a subject relevant to Roots of Responsibility.

The post holder is required to have received the degree of PhD (or equivalent), or be close to completion. Also essential are excellent research skills, a well-developed plan for post-doctoral research and the willingness to contribute to the intellectual life of Roots of Responsibility, and the Department of Philosophy, UCL.

Candidates must not be registered for degrees, professional or vocational qualifications at the time of commencing the Fellowship.

Candidates with a doctorate must not have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination more than four years prior to the application closing date.

Applications should include:

·A CV and supporting statement. The supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependants).

·A research proposal (of up to 1500 words) within the parameters of Roots of Responsibility ERC project.

·The names and addresses of two referees. Candidates should also ask their referees to send their references directly to Dr Yuuki Ohta ( by the closing date of this role. Candidates should supply each referee with the information about this post. Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated in ‘Person specification’ below.

Note. This post is being advertised in conjunction with a similar post at the Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford, in association with the Queen's College, Oxford. The duties, responsibilities, and the selection criteria are identical between the two posts; therefore, we strongly encourage any candidate wishing to apply to one to apply to both, unless they have special reason to apply to one post only.

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to Dr Yuuki Ohta (

Visa support is also available for successful applicants from overseas. Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in UCL.

Closing Date: 22/1/2021

Latest time for the submission of applications: 12.00.

Interview Date: 15 February 2021

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