Research Fellow, School of Philosophy

Canberra, Australia
05 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $98,009 - $111,365 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed term (24 months) with proposed start date 1 July 2019.

Position Overview

The School of Philosophy at the ANU has been awarded a major grant by the Australian Research Council, on the topic of Ethics and Risk. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding research fellow, whose work would advance the core aims of the project.

The primary selection criteria are world-class research excellence, and a combined expertise in the fields (broadly construed) of ethics and decision theory. We are also interested in philosophers with the potential to create links outside of philosophy, both to other disciplines, and beyond academia.

The research fellow will write influential papers, to be published in major journals, on the central themes of the project (see the position description). S/he will actively participate in the research life of the School, attending the seminar in moral, social and political theory, and the general departmental seminar, taking a turn convening one of those seminars.  S/he will also be available to teach one undergraduate or graduate course per year. And s/he will be entrepreneurial, able to create links within and beyond philosophy.

The School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, is a world-leading department that combines several of the world's most cited living philosophers with dynamic mid-career researchers, and award-winning early career researchers.  Our principal strengths are in philosophy of science (especially philosophy of biology, probability and decision theory), moral and political philosophy and philosophy of mind, with a growing concentration in Asian Philosophy.  We have a proud reputation of repeatedly winning significant support for both individual- and team-projects from the Australian Research Council, and every year welcome scores of international visitors to Canberra, hosting multiple annual workshops in all our major areas of research strength, as well as a vibrant series of three weekly research seminars.  We have a continuing flow of postdoctoral researchers, all of whom go on to continuing positions at leading departments worldwide.  We have three major research Centres - the Centre for Consciousness, the Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory and the Centre for Philosophy of the Sciences. These centres coordinate our work in our areas of research strength, hosting multiple workshops and more postdocs.

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is one of seven Colleges at ANU. The College, which is structured into two main research schools, offers degrees in more than 20 discipline areas and excels in research across the creative arts, humanities and social sciences.  The College has a substantial international research presence and is a major source of national policy advice. Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their research, and 46 are members of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, or both.  We also host 13 Australian Research Council Future Fellows and two ARC Laureates. A hub of vibrant activity, we host more than 100 lectures, concerts and exhibitions each year, most of which are open to the public. Our students, staff and graduates come from more than 60 nations, bringing a diversity of perspective to campus life.

For all enquiries please contact Associate Professor Seth Lazar, Head of School, Philosophy T: +61 2 6125 8995 E:

The School of Philosophy particularly encourages applications from women and other groups underrepresented in the discipline.  ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender.  For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A research statement, outlining your research to date, and your plans for the coming 1-2 years
  • A writing sample
  • Four names of people to write letters of recommendation. 

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.