Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Philosophy

Sydney, Australia
14 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Sep 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 School of Social Sciences is an exceptional community of scholars who are at the forefront of a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines.

About the role

  • $73,597 plus 9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • 12- month fixed term contract
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

A one year postdoctoral position in political philosophy is available as part of the research program of the Practical Justice Initiative (PJI). 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; egalitarianism, and historical responsibility. 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. 

The position encompasses the production of research papers, reports, undertaking background research, organising events as well as producing high quality individual research and assist in coordinating the research program of the Practical Justice Initiative under the direction of Professor Moss. The role may also require the provision of assistance with funding applications and occasional teaching.

The role also includes an opportunity to develop high impact outputs related to the research area.

There is potential to extend the position.

There is also potential to offer a fractional position.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Submission of and successful publication of articles in peer reviewed journals during the term of the appointment;
  • Provide assistance with the organisation of events related to projects;
  • Undertake background research and assist with the production of reports;
  • Preparing research proposals for submission to external funding bodies;
  • Involvement in professional activities including presentations at conferences and seminars;
  • Undertake day to day responsibility for a research program;
  • Actively contributing to the collaborative research culture of the School and the Practical Justice Initiative;
  • Develop and maintain a digital presence;
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

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 to the contact listed.


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Applications close: 11th Sep 11.00 pm

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