University of Durham Department of Philosophy Lecturer in History of Science Reference Number 0018 The Department of Philosophy seeks applications for a Lectureship Grade A in History of Science, tenable from 1 October 2004. Candidates may offer expertise in any area of the history of science, though interests in 18th or 20th century physics, chemistry or biology, and/or public perception or ethical dimensions of science, would be desirable.
The Philosophy Department The Department received a grade 5 in the 2001 RAE and a maximum score of 24 in the last QAA Subject Review. It currently has twelve full-time members of teaching staff plus three research fellows and provides a programme of single and joint honours degrees (with English, Politics, Psychology, Theology and Classics), and a new joint degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Philosophy modules are taken by many students on other degree courses, including Combined Honours in Arts and Combined Honours in Social Sciences, and the Department contributes an extensive programme of modules in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine to the Natural Sciences degree. The Department also offers Taught MA and postgraduate Diploma courses. There are currently around 30 full- and part-time research students registered in the Department. Demand for entry to our undergraduate degrees is heavy, with around 1500 applications annually for a quota of 66. Special research strengths include History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, and Modern European Philosophy. The Department provides a lively interdisciplinary research culture through weekly seminars, lunchtime workshops, regional meetings of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, a postgraduate philosophical society (Eidos), the publication of an international postgraduate journal (Philosophical Writings), and a regular stream of visiting international scholars. The Department is also the major contributor to the University’s Research Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease. Staff have the right to apply for Research Leave and are encouraged to apply for departmental and external funding for research projects and conference attendance. The Department is located in an attractive eighteenth-century building in the centre of Durham and close to lecture rooms and student facilities. The University Library is ten minutes’ walk away and has excellent holdings of books and journals in history of science; there is also a small departmental library. The Post The successful applicant will be appointed as Lecturer in History of Science (Grade A). He or she will be responsible to the Board of Studies in Philosophy. Precise teaching commitments and administrative responsibilities will be determined by the Chairman of the Board of Studies in Philosophy. The appointee will contribute modules in history of science in the undergraduate programmes and to the Taught postgraduate programmes, supervise research students, and undertake such other (e.g. administrative) duties as may be required from time to time. He or she will be expected to make a substantial contribution to the research output of the Department, and to take an active role in its interdisciplinary research culture. This is a new post allowed by recent expansion in the Department’s undergraduate quota, although, following the recent retirement of Professor David Knight, it will continue the Department’s distinguished tradition of teaching and research in the history of science. Informal enquiries may be made to the Chairman of the Board of Studies in Philosophy, Dr Geoffrey Scarre. Tel. 0191334 6556. Email: [email protected] or via website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/~dfl0www/home.html Person Specification Essential The successful applicant – will have or be about to complete a PhD. – will have a publication record or must clearly demonstrate the capacity to publish and to produce first-rate research in the history of science. – will be able to demonstrate the ability to provide high-quality teaching. – must be willing to promote the interdisciplinary research culture of the Department of Philosophy.
Desirable Interests in – 18th to 20th century physics, chemistry or biology – public perception or ethical dimensions of science.
Terms and Conditions The main terms and conditions of employment are as follows (the person appointed will receive a full written statement of the Terms and Conditions of Employment).
– The post is non-fixed term, full time and is available from 1 September 2004. – The salary is on the Lecturer A scale £22,191 – £25,451 per annum. – The post is pensionable. – The post is subject to a probationary period of 3 years.
Please note that successful applicants will not be called to interview until the New Year. The closing date for application is 1 December 2003 Please quote the job reference number 0018