Regius Chair of Moral Philosophy

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
11 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
12 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time





The School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy seeks to appoint an outstanding philosopher to the Regius Chair of Moral Philosophy. 

The Regius Chair of Moral Philosophy will contribute to the objectives of the School and University by conducting outstanding research and teaching in philosophy. The Chair will lead in the development and implementation of research strategy, attracting external grant funding, recruiting and supervising PhD students, and forming collaborative networks, as well as publishing and disseminating research in academic and public fora. They will contribute high-quality teaching across the curriculum and lead new developments, with particular responsibility for developing and recruiting to the new MLitt in Philosophy and Society. 

The successful applicant will be a leading authority in one or more areas of moral philosophy. “Moral philosophy” is broadly construed and philosophers in any area of expertise are welcome to apply. However, the successful candidate must be able to teach ethics and must have, or be willing to develop, expertise in the ethics of artificial intelligence. They will have an international reputation for research of the highest quality, demonstrated by publications deemed “internationally excellent” or “world-leading” in highly-ranked peer-reviewed journals, a record of national and international speaking engagements, and experience of PhD supervision. They will show evidence of research leadership through a clear record of seeking external research grant income, forming research collaborations, and leading research teams.  

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Philosophy and extensive experience of working and teaching in a university. They will have strong subject knowledge and be able to contribute teaching across a broad range of Philosophy courses, both within and outside their area of specialization. They will be able to work collaboratively, collegially, and supportively with colleagues in the department, School, and University. 

We welcome applications from candidates in traditionally underrepresented groups. 

A competitive remuneration package will be available for exceptional candidates considered at Professorial level.  

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references. and a 3 year probation period. 

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 273244 or email for further information. 

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 May 2019

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact 
Dr Paula Sweeney, Head of School
01224 272357

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr Sweeney 

Please quote reference number DHP078A on all correspondence  

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.