Assistant Professor post in the Department of Philosophy University of Warwick, Department of Philosophy United Kingdom

Assistant Professor (81232-127) 


Vacancy Type/Job category







£39,992-£47,722 per annum



University of Warwick, Coventry


Vacancy Overview


Permanent Position 

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor post in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. 

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading philosophy departments, currently ranking 5th in the Complete University Guide and 7th in the Times and Sunday Times University Guide. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the Department was ranked 1st in the UK for the quality of its research and 4th overall. 

The successful candidate will join an ambitious department that is well-regarded internationally. We are committed to a research-led approach to teaching and to providing our staff with an environment that supports developing their research and their teaching to the highest level. 

Applications are welcome from candidates with the ability to produce world-class research in an area of philosophy that supports the activities of the Department and with a dedication to provide an exceptional level of education to our undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

We are particularly interested in candidates with research and teaching interests in aesthetics, philosophy of mind and epistemology (including formal epistemology), or post-Kantian continental philosophy. We also have teaching needs in ancient philosophy and we welcome applications from candidates with research and teaching interests outside of the Western philosophical tradition. 

The University of Warwick is an equal opportunity employer and we welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. The Department of Philosophy holds an Athena Swan Bronze award and the University of Warwick holds an institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. 

Skills/Experience required: 

• A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in Philosophy 
• An excellent publication record, commensurate with the career stage, in an area which supports the activities of the department and a clear strategy for the REF 2021 
• A commitment to securing research funding 
• A strategy for generating non-academic impact 
• A record of teaching excellence 
• Strong leadership and communication skills and a willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team 


Job Description


Job Purpose 

You will undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities supporting the work of the Department and developing and enhancing its reputation, both nationally and internationally. 

More specifically: 

• to develop your research and contribute to enhance the research activities in the Department in at least one of the following areas: aesthetics, philosophy of mind and epistemology, or Post-Kantian continental philosophy 
• to contribute to undergraduate teaching in these areas 
• to contribute to postgraduate teaching in these areas 
• to take on administrative duties as required to help develop and enhance the Department’s research and teaching activities 

Duties and Responsibilities 


To make a full active research contribution, both individually and in collaboration with others, to the Department’s objective of obtaining the highest possible rating in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). 

To secure, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research and impact agenda. 

To publish research outcomes in appropriate outlets of international standing, and to disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other appropriate ways. 

To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the Department. 

To contribute fully to the research plans developed by the Department, including providing such information as may be required by the Department to monitor the progress of each member of staff’s research programme and to support the Department fully in the preparation of material required for the REF or similar activities. 

Teaching and Learning 

To cooperate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic awards where appropriate. 

To design and be responsible for the content of specific areas of teaching and learning within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 

To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the required teaching obligations. 

To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project work, providing advice on study skills and with learning problems 

To ensure that student feedback on teaching is sought through questionnaires and other sources and to respond constructively to such feedback. 

To ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University. 

To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking and providing constructive feedback, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching. 

To support and comply with the University and Departmental teaching quality assurance standards and procedures, for example in the context of the TEF. 

Administration and Other Activities 

To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department. 

To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University. 

To publish any research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other appropriate outlets 

To attend and present any research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of the department. 

To undertake external commitments, which reflect well and enhance the reputation of the University. 

To take on relevant professional duties. 

To engage in continuous professional development. 

To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work. 

The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. 



Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good Honours Degree (any related subject) and a PhD qualification in Philosophy (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 2

Research profile in at least one of the following areas: aesthetics, philosophy of mind and epistemology (including formal epistemology), Post-Kantian continental philosophy (a), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 3

Record of excellent publication in those areas (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 4

Ability to generate external funding and lead research projects (a), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 5

Ability to initiate development in the curriculum and to take responsibility for the effective and efficient delivery of teaching programmes (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 6

Evidence of teaching excellence in relevant subjects at an undergraduate level (a), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 7

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research and teaching programmes (a), (c)

Essential Criteria 8

Effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a), (c), (d)

Essential Criteria 9

Excellent interpersonal skills (c), (d)

Desirable Criteria 1

Strategy for generating research impact (c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of postgraduate teaching and supervision (a), (c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read ourUniversity Further Particulars. 

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website. 

For informal enquiries or if you have any questions about this post, please contact Professor Fabienne Peter, Head of Department, at 

To apply, please complete the application form and submit it accompanied by a cover letter and your CV. 



Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.


Other Information

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

Right to work in the UK 

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system 
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2. 


Closing Date

18 Jan 2018


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