Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy
University of York Department of Philosophy
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:32,817 - 40,322 a year
Posted Date:03/06/2020
Apply by:10/07/2020
Job Reference8629

Role Description


You will be part of the AHRC-funded research project “Grief: A Study of Human Emotional Experience”, headed by Professor Matthew Ratcliffe (PI) and Dr Louise Richardson (Co-I). Based at the Department of Philosophy, University of York, this four-year project started on the 1st January 2020. Its overarching aim is to develop a detailed, wide-ranging, and integrated account of what it is to experience grief, focusing on aspects of grief that are of considerable theoretical and practical importance but remain poorly understood. Further information is available here: This three-year position is associated with Work Package 2. Themes to be addressed as part of the work package include (a) continuing bonds in grief, (b) the social and cultural dimensions of grief, (c) the interpersonal and social regulation of experience, thought, and activity, and (d) how enduring relations with the dead might be integrated into research on interpersonal experience and cognition.


You will:

  • conduct philosophical research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of collaborative research
  • produce and publish at least three original, high quality research papers on the topic of grief during a three-year period, as first-author
  • disseminate original research on grief at conferences and other events
  • identify new avenues of research that relate to the topic of grief
  • assist in the editing of volumes and journal special issues
  • play a key role in the design, implementation, and analysis of a qualitative study of grief experiences, involving an Internet-based questionnaire and, potentially, interviews
  • contribute to development of the project website
  • contribute to regular project research meetings
  • organize and attend project events
  • develop new internal and external research collaborations within and between disciplines
  • assist with project-related teaching  

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed


  • First degree with a substantial philosophical component
  • PhD in Philosophy [focusing on issues in Phenomenology, Philosophy of Psychology, and/or Philosophy of Cognitive Science]
  • Knowledge of philosophical research on interpersonal experience, interpersonal understanding, and social cognition
  • Experience of carrying out independent research
  • Experience of writing up research work for publication
  • Experience of disseminating research at conferences and/or other events
  • Ability to produce and publish high quality research on the topic of grief
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a research team
  • Ability to disseminate research findings effectively to potentially diverse audiences
  • Ability to organize events, such as lectures and workshops
  • Ability to use initiative to identify new research questions, relevant literature spanning a wide range of disciplines, and areas of practical application for project research
  • Ability to undertake interdisciplinary research, including qualitative empirical research
  • Ability to manage a website
  • Ability to work efficiently, plan research, and meet deadlines

The application letter should explain how you meet the essential criteria for the position. It should also include an indication of research topics and questions that you would be keen to pursue as part of the project. A separate research proposal is not required at this stage.

Interview date: mid to late August 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Matthew Ratcliffe:

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