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Research Fellow


Location:  Avenue Campus
Salary:   £28,982 to £35,609 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term - 3 years 7 months
Closing Date:  Friday 29 July 2016
Reference:  752416F4

2 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships in Philosophy, University of Southampton
Applications are invited for two fixed term (3 years, 7 months) post-doctoral research fellowships in association with Dr Elselijn Kingma’s ERC-funded research project ‘Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy’. [Hyperlink:] The post-holders will be expected to devote the majority of their time to the research project, and teach one course per year.

The successful candidate will have excellent research skills; an enthusiastic and collaborative personality; and the ability to carry out a programme of research that falls within the scope of the proposed research project. There is a defeasible preference for candidates with an AOS in metaphysics and/or philosophy of biology/the life-sciences and/or feminist philosophy, but any candidate who can make a case for their background and/or envisioned research contributing to the research project will be given full consideration, and is warmly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will ideally have a PhD in a relevant subject area by the date of appointment, or at least will have submitted their thesis. It is hoped that the candidate will be able to take up the post on the 26th of September 2016, but this is negotiable.

For enquiries, please contact Elselijn Kingma (

The closing date for applications is 29th July 2016.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference  752416F4 on all correspondence.

Applicants are advised to closely read the short and long versions of the present project proposal, available at the bottom of the research project page.

As part of their application, applicants will be expected to upload
(1)  a CV;
(2)  a list of publications;
(3)  the contact details of two referees, who will be contacted at the shortlisting stage.

Applicants are also expected to concisely answer the following three questions as part of the application process, in 1-4 paragraphs each.

1.     Please demonstrate how your existing research expertise will contribute to the research project and the research team.

2.     Please outline what your proposed research plans will be under the auspices of the project, and explain how they relate to the rest of the proposed working program and the overall project aims. (Existing research proposal available at the bottom of this page: Please note that whilst your plans can be similar to the work packages presently proposed, they need not be; creativity is encouraged.

3.     Please explain what skills other than your research expertise you bring to the project, in particular skills that are relevant to collaborative research, outreach, planning & management, initiative, interdisciplinary engagement, and team-work.

At shortlisting stage, applicants will be asked to provide one writing sample.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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