Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Jul 08, 2021
End of advertisement period
Aug 07, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is committed to the provision of quality whole-person education by combining the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions. It strives to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement. With three academic Faculties, it offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes in arts, business and social sciences. Lingnan’s liberal arts education is characterised by a broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum with specialised disciplinary studies; close student-staff relationship; a vibrant residential campus; ample global learning opportunities; active community engagement and multifarious workplace experience. The School of Graduate Studies also offers postgraduate programmes up to doctoral level in various disciplines and provides professional education for the wider society.

Applications are now invited for the following post:

Postdoctoral Fellow (Functional title: Research Assistant Professor), Department of Philosophy

(Post Ref.: 21/134)

The Department of Philosophy at Lingnan University is one of the best in Asia. The department is especially strong in philosophy of science, philosophical logic, metaphysics and aesthetics, and also has several members with expertise in other areas such as ethics, metaethics, epistemology, and Chinese philosophy. Faculty members publish in leading journals in the field, such as Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Ethics, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Mind, Noûs, Philosophers’ Imprint, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Philosophy of Science.

More information on the research interests and publications of philosophers at Lingnan University can be found at:

General Requirements

Areas of Specialization: Ethics

Candidates working on the ethics of risk, normative ethics, medical ethics (e.g., the ethics of vaccination policies and healthcare distribution), population ethics, and other issues in applied ethics related to the impact of new technologies to the future of humanity are particularly welcome.

Applicants should have a PhD degree in Philosophy by the start of the appointment. The starting date of the position is August 2021. Although exceptional cases may be considered, the PhD degree should normally have been earned no more than 3 years before the date of appointment. Applicants are required to have publications in Philosophy, preferably in leading journals or evidence of the ability to publish in such journals (e.g. in the form of unpublished writing samples).

The appointee is expected to:

  1. carry out research and submit papers to leading journals;
  2. submit grant proposals to various funding bodies;
  3. organize seminars, reading groups, workshops or other related research activities;
  4. teach courses at undergraduate and / or postgraduate levels; and
  5. perform administrative duties as assigned by the Head of the Department.

The teaching load will normally be two courses per year, distributed according to the departmental needs and upon mutual agreement. English is the main language of instruction with the possible exception for courses in Chinese philosophy.


The conditions of appointment will be competitive. Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund, gratuity and incoming passage and baggage allowance for the eligible appointee.

Appointment will normally be made on contract basis for up to three years. Experienced appointee of Postdoctoral Fellow may carry a functional title of Research Assistant Professor.

Application Procedure (online application only)

Please click "Apply Now" to submit your application. Applicants should include a letter of interest, a CV and at least one writing sample in the application. Applicants shall also provide names and contact information of at least three referees to whom applicants’ consent has been given for their providing references. Personal data collected will be used for recruitment purposes only.

Informal inquiries concerning the post can be directed to Professor Andrea Sauchelli, Head of the Department of Philosophy, at

We are an equal opportunities employer. Review of applications will start from 10 June 2021 and continue until the post is filled. Qualified candidates are advised to submit their applications early for consideration.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, or to fill the post by invitation or by search. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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