Sowerby E&R (Education and Research) Career Development Lectureship

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 6, £38,304, including London Weighting Allowance
21 May 2021
End of advertisement period
27 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Job description

The Department of Philosophy at King's College London, in association with the Sowerby Project in Philosophy & Medicine, invites applications for a fixed term, two-year, career development lectureship. The post-holder will work in close collaboration with the Peter Sowerby Chair Professor Elselijn Kingma to develop and expand the Philosophy & Medicine Project in all areas: research, teaching and public outreach.

We are seeking an excellent Philosopher with the desire and ability to develop and deliver new teaching, outreach and research in any area of Philosophy with impact, application or significance to medicine, nursing or midwifery. We particularly welcome candidates with relevant backgrounds in medicine, nursing, midwifery, or the health sciences. The successful candidate will be a supportive, effective and inspiring teacher of both medical and Philosophy students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will bring enthusiasm and a collaborative approach.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 2 years. 
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent


Key responsibilities

•       Planning and delivering high quality research within any area of Philosophy with impact, application or significance to medicine, nursing, or midwifery.  
•       Teaching and supervising medical students at KCL's GKT School of Medical Education, as well as Philosophy undergraduate and postgraduate students in the above areas. This will also include participating in assessment and other educational activities as needed.  
•       Collaborating with the Medical School and the Sowerby Chair to develop new teaching initiatives to further integrate Philosophy into the medical curriculum
•       Developing and supporting public outreach and public-facing activities of the Philosophy & Medicine project.
•       Fostering internal and external networks and research collaborations with organizations and individuals working at the intersection of Philosophy and Medicine.
•       Advancing their personal reputation and that of the Project by regularly disseminating findings, taking the lead in preparing publication materials for refereed journals, presenting results at conferences, or exhibiting work at other appropriate events. 
•       Assisting with the administration and management of the Project*,* including organisation of Project meetings and documentation and preparation of annual reports.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

•       Applicants should have a PhD or at least have submitted a PhD thesis in Philosophy by the date of appointment.
•       Excellent research achievement and capacity in any area of Philosophy with relevance to medicine, nursing, or midwifery.  
•       Outstanding teaching competence and experience; and in particular the ability to engage and teach both medical students and Philosophy undergraduate and postgraduate students. 
•       Desire and ability to develop new teaching and outreach initiatives for students in medicine, nursing and midwifery and/or practicing health care professionals.  
•       Ability to effectively manage and assist with administrative tasks involved in Project activities and procedures.  
•       Ability to work on Project delivery in close collaboration with others.

Desirable criteria

•       AOC in the Philosophy of science and/or Philosophy of medicine. 
•       Experience and facility with online and hybrid teaching and work environments. 
•       Experience, interest and transferable skills relevant to public outreach, web design, and social media.

Further information

As part of their application, applicants should provide:  
(1)    a personal statement  
(2)    a CV, with a list of their publications  
(3)    the names and contact details for two referees 
(4)    a recent piece of research on a topic relevant to the post of no more than 5,000 words (this may be an indicated portion of a larger piece of work)

The Department will request references for longlisted candidates.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place online in July 2021, and we hope to inform the successful applicant toward the beginning of August 2021.

We especially encourage members of marginalized groups to apply in recognition of the underrepresentation in Philosophy and Medicine of members of certain marginalized groups, including ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and others, and the deficits this creates in Philosophical and medical research and governance.