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Post-doctoral vacancy: Research Associate in Philosophy at the University of Stirling for a project about Public sphere.


The post is offered as a full-time appointment for 34 months to start on 1 April 2019.


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling is offering one 34-month full-time Post-doctoral Research Associate in Philosophy. The Research Associate will work in collaboration with Professor Rowan Cruft (Stirling, Principal Investigator), Professor Fabienne Peter (Warwick, Co-Investigator) and Dr Jonathan Heawood (Stirling, Project Senior Research Fellow) on a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled ‘Norms for the New Public Sphere’.
The successful candidate should have a PhD in philosophy, and we welcome applicants with research interests across the range of the discipline – from e.g. epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of law – who can demonstrate how their work connects with some area related to one or more aspects of the project (see Project Summary below).
The successful candidate will be expected to work with Cruft, Heawood and Peter on the project, and to take a significant role in the project’s outputs, while also engaging in logistical work with Cruft organising the project events. The aim is to provide an opportunity for an early career academic to be integrated into research conducted in conjunction with the senior project members, while also enabling them to be a participant in policy proposal development working closely with the project’s practitioner partners.
The successful candidate will be a full-time member of the Division of Law and Philosophy at the University of Stirling. The University provides a welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting all individuals’ differences. We therefore welcome applications from people who identify with any of the Protected Characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.
Summary and aims of the project
The project brings together academic philosophers with those working in media studies and media activists and professionals, in order to investigate the opportunities and challenges that new social media pose for the ‘public sphere’.  The project team will criticise and consider the norms that could underpin a media policy framework for the internet age.  The project will assess three core principles that are often taken to be at the heart of a liberal media policy: (a) an epistemic value principle supporting acquisition and sharing of knowledge, (b) a liberal self-government principle protecting equal participation rights, and constituting participants as a self-governing polity, (c) a principle requiring appropriate space for privacy.


Closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 14 February 2019.
Interviews are expected to take place between 14-15 March 2019.

  • The candidate must, by the time of appointment, have completed a Ph.D. in an area of Philosophy
    relevant to the project’s agenda


  • A demonstrated record of high research achievement in Philosophy
  • Evidence of outstanding research potential
  • A strong background in areas of Philosophy that connect to the ‘Norms for the New Public Sphere’
    project – this could include epistemology, ethics, feminist philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy
    of law

Skills, Attitude, & Behaviour

  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Evidence of excellent administrative and project management skills
  • Proven ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with colleagues and external parties
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills including ability to prioritise workload

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience of working in a research team
  • Previous experience of conference or project administration
  • Record of research publications in areas relevant to the project

Additional Information

In addition to a covering letter and CV, you should upload as part of your application:

  • A one-page description of your planned individual research, indicating how it will contribute to and
    interact with the project’s agenda.
  • A sample of your recent written work, perhaps one full length journal article or two shorter papers.

You should at the same time ask two referees to submit references in support of your application by email before the closing date to:
Further details of all aspects of the planned project and posts can be obtained from: Professor Rowan Cruft, email:, telephone +44 (0)1786 466230.

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