Reference Number 0407

The Department of Philosophy seeks applications for two Lectureships Grade A, one tenable from January 2005 and the other from October 2005. Candidates may offer expertise in any area of philosophy though we are particularly seeking to increase our teaching capacity in applied ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, logic, philosophy of science and philosophy of religion.

The 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 eleven full-time teaching members of staff and provides a programme of single and joint honours degrees (with Classics, English, Politics, Psychology and Theology), plus Taught MA and postgraduate Diploma courses. There are currently 36 full- and part-time research students registered in the Department. Demand for entry to our undergraduate degrees is high, with around 1000 applications annually for a quota of 66 places. Philosophy modules are also taken by many students on other degree courses, including Natural Sciences, Combined Honours in Arts, Combined Honours in Social Science, and PPE. Members of the Department pursue a wide range of research interests and we are developing integrated research groupings in (1) metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind; (2) theoretical and applied ethics, including environmental ethics; (3) history and philosophy of science and medicine. The Department provides a lively research culture through weekly seminars, lunchtime workshops, regional meetings of the RIP, the postgraduate philosophical society (Eidos), the publication of an international postgraduate journal (Philosophical Writings), and a regular stream of visiting international scholars. Staff have the right to apply for Research Leave for one term in every seven 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, both of books and journals, in Philosophy; there is also a small departmental library.

The Post

The successful applicants will be appointed as Lecturers in Philosophy (Grade A). They will be responsible to the Board of Studies in Philosophy. Precise teaching commitments and administrative responsibilities will be determined by the Chair of the Board of Studies in Philosophy. The appointees will be expected to contribute to the teaching modules in the undergraduate programme and to the Taught postgraduate programmes. They will be required to make a substantial contribution to the research output of the Department, and to undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time.

Informal enquires may be made to the Chairman of the Board of Studies in Philosophy, Dr Geoffrey Scarre. Tel. 0191 334 6556. E-mail: [email protected]

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Person Specification


The successful applicant · will have or be about to complete a PhD. · must be able to offer teaching expertise in at least two of the areas listed in the first paragraph. · will have a publication record or must clearly demonstrate the capacity to publish and to produce first-rate research. · will be able to demonstrate the ability to provide high-quality teaching. · must be willing to cooperate in promoting the research strategy of the Department of Philosophy.


The successful applicant · will have research interests that enhance or complement the Department’s existing research strengths.

Terms and Conditions

The main terms and conditions of employment are as follows (the persons appointed will receive a full written statement of the Terms and Conditions of Employment).

· The posts are full-time and non-fixed term. · The salary scale is on the Lecturer Grade A £23,643 – £27,116 per annum · The posts are subject to a probationary period of three years. · The posts are pensionable.

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2004

Please quote job reference number 0407

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