Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy

Randwick, Australia
08 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
12 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Practical Justice Initiative, based at UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, is a core UNSW research initiative focused on tackling some of the most difficult social issues that face our society and the globe today. The Initiative brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, to better understand key social problems, and seek to solve them in innovative and creative ways.

UNSW's Practical Justice Initiative couples innovative research on the theoretical dimensions of justice together with a practical and applied focus on significant social and political problems such as climate change; health; and sexuality, gender and justice.

About the role

  • $72K-$96K per annum plus (9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading)
  • Fixed Term for one year, with potential to extend
  • Full-time 

A one year postdoctoral position in climate justice is available as part of the research program of the Practical Justice Initiative (PJI). The aim of the position will be to contribute to research as part of PJI’s climate justice research program. Some of the research being undertaken includes: Providing a framework to fairly determine Australia’s ‘carbon budget’; understanding the moral obligations of fossil fuel exporting nations; examining the justice related issues associated with climate transitions; intergenerational climate justice and historical responsibility for emissions. The position includes scope to develop further topics.

The position would suit a candidate within the broad area of moral and political philosophy but candidates from cognate disciplines and with a background in climate justice are also encouraged to apply.

An important part of the program will be to work closely with colleagues across the University, undertake original research and assist in coordinating the climate justice research program of the Practical Justice Initiative under the direction of Professor Jeremy Moss. The research program offers the opportunity and resources to develop a range of activities in connection with key topics in moral and political philosophy (and related areas) and to explore their implications. 

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have high-level communication, interpersonal and communication skills, in particular the ability to communicate findings to the broader public
  • Have experience in researching topics in moral or political philosophy or related area
  • Be willing to contribute to a wider program of multi-disciplinary research
  • Have a PhD in relevant discipline or evidence of near completion

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Professor Jeremy Moss, Co-Director Practical Justice Initiative


T: (61 2) 9385 2357

Applications close: 12th January 2018