Post-doctoral Research Fellow - Philosophy, Religion & History of Science

Leeds, West Yorkshire (GB)
£33,199 to £39,609 p.a. pro rata
24 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Are you a researcher interested in the philosophical, cultural and / or religious dimension of the ecological and climate crisis? Have you completed or are you nearing completion of a PhD in an area related to any of the following: Environmental Ethics / Philosophy, Religious Studies, Environmental Humanities, Animal Studies, Extinction Studies?  

This is an exciting opportunity to work on the AHRC-funded research grant, ‘Thinking Through Extinction’ (Part of the EU funded consortium Extinction as Cultural Heritage?) alongside principal investigator Dr Stefan Skrimshire (University of Leeds), project partner Manchester Museum, and a resident artist.

This project addresses the problem of how the current ‘mass extinction event’ is communicated and encountered in public spaces. There is a long history of representation of species extinction in museums through, for example, fossil displays and taxidermy of extinct and endangered species. Increasingly there has been an effort to ‘educate’ the public on the link between biodiversity loss and the threat to human civilization. But it is far from clear how the concept of a global extinction crisis, including possible ecological, economic and civilizational collapse, can and ought to be displayed, narrated, and a public response sought. Our underlying question will be: how does knowledge of global extinction feed into the personal and collective imaginations of the future, and how does that imagination find expression? The project relies heavily on co-creation and collaboration through workshops, co-authoring, artist commissioning, and public involvement.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 
Dr Stefan Skrimshire

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5266, email:

Location:   Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:   Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute:   School of Philosophy, Religion & History of Science
Category:   Research
Grade:   Grade 7 
Salary:   £33,199 to £39,609 p.a. pro rata commencing salary will not exceed £34,189 pro rata due to funding restrictions
Working Time:  60% of full time
Post Type:  Part Time 
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years)
Release Date:  Tuesday 23 July 2019
Closing Date:  Wednesday 07 August 2019
Reference:  AHCPR1029
Downloads:  Candidate Brief