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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Reading - School of Humanities - Philosophy

Location: Reading
Salary: £30,942 to £35,845 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 15th November 2021
Job Ref: SRF37275

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work for two years on an interdisciplinary research project funded by the John Templeton Foundation, entitled “Mistakes in Living Systems: A New Conceptual Framework for the Study of Purpose in Biology”.

The project will be conducted within the larger, multi-year, multi-million-pound research program funded by the Foundation, involving research teams in various countries: “Agency, Directionality, and Function: Foundations for a Science of Purpose”.

The Fellow will conduct research within a small interdisciplinary team of philosophers and scientists, led by Prof. David Oderberg as Principal Investigator. The team will work within a cluster of teams researching related topics, thus giving valuable opportunities for collaboration.

The position is for a fixed period of 2 years from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023. The successful candidate will:

  • have a PhD in Philosophy, preferably in one or more of the following areas: philosophy of biology, metaphysics (in particular Aristotelian), philosophy of science
  • have a strong interest in the connections between philosophy and science
  • be able to work effectively as a team member within an interdisciplinary group
  • enjoy discussing ideas with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, especially the natural and social sciences

They will preferably:

  • have a record of publication
  • have some experience in conference presentation and/or organisation
  • have experience of light administrative roles within a previous department
  • have teaching experience at undergraduate level
  • have IT skills relevant to website, blog and video hosting

Informal contact details

Contact role: Principal investigator / line manager
Contact name: Prof. David Oderberg
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 5277
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Co-investigator
Contact name: Prof. Jonathan Hill
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 8523
Contact email:

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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