Research Fellow in Philosophy
University of Warwick, Department of Philosophy
United Kingdom

Research Fellow



£30,395 - £39,609 per annum

University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview
Fixed Term Contract - 9 Months


The University of Warwick is seeking to appoint a full-time, 9-month postdoctoral research fellow (or 1 year part-time), based at the Department of Philosophy, as part of the interdisciplinary research project ‘Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology’, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.


The successful candidate will be a member of the Research Project team, together with the Principal Investigator Professor Christoph Hoerl, the Co-Investigator Professor Teresa McCormack (Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast), and a further postdoctoral research fellow in psychology based at Queen’s University Belfast.


The successful candidate will conduct research that contributes to the work of the Research Project, and in particular will prepare research articles, conference presentations and website content on his or her research, assist in the design and interpretation of empirical experiments, co-organise two workshops that will form the basis for two edited volumes, and help co-ordinate the project’s public engagement and impact activities. He or she will be able to assume responsibilities on or as soon as possible after the 1st January 2019.


All applications must be made online and accompanied by a CV, a covering letter, and a writing sample of no more than 8000 words. References may be requested prior to shortlisting.

Job Description


You will undertake research in order to support the work of the Department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internal and external to the University. You will assist the Project Director and Project Collaborators of the AHRC project 'Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology' in the successful execution of the project.




1. To carry out research that contributes to the work of the AHRC research project ‘Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology’, under the direction the project’s Principal Investigator. 

2. To publish research findings in scholarly journals of international standing. 

3. To present research findings and papers at academic conferences, contributing to the external visibility of the Project and the Department and University. 

4. To disseminate research findings to the general public in appropriate ways, such as through the project website and twitter feeds. 

5. To co-organise two workshops on topics relating to research within the project. 

6. To edit or co-edit the publication of workshop papers as an edited volume. 

7. To help organise public engagement and impact activities. 

Administration and Other Activities 

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

2. To attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University. 

3. To participate in relevant professional activities. 

4. To engage in continuous professional development. 

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

6. 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. The postholder will be required to be flexible in their duties. 

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
A PhD in philosophy (awarded or near completion) (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Demonstrable research excellence (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 3
Existing relevant research expertise, preferably in an area relating to the topic of time, or related topics in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, or the philosophy of science. (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 4
Capacity to assimilate a large body of literature, both in philosophy and in a variety of areas of psychology, on topics relating to our understanding of time and its psychological bases. (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 5
Ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working. (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Capacity to carry out research in a timely manner and to work to deadlines. (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 7
Effective written and oral communication and presentation skills. (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 8
Ability and willingness to organise events and outreach activities. (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 9
Competency in IT and familiarity with a computerised environment. (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 10
Good interpersonal skills. (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 11
Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and non-academic audiences. (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 12
Willingness to travel to other parts of the UK including Northern Ireland for project meetings and public engagement activities. (c)


Further Particulars

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,936 pa). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,799 pa).


The position is funded through an AHRC grant for the interdisciplinary research project 'Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology' led by Professor Christoph Hoerl and Professor Teresa McCormack (Psychology, Queen's University Belfast). The overarching aim of this project is to provide an empirically informed critical examination of the relationship between our everyday understanding of time, and time as typically understood within modern science. Philosophers often claim that there is a deep gulf between common sense and science when it comes to how each of them understands what time is. Specifically, they are assumed to involve radically different commitments regarding the metaphysics of time. The project aims to investigate the extent to which research on the psychology of time actually bears this out, or might indeed also point to ways of bridging this perceived gulf. The project started in January 2017 and will run for three years in total. Further details about the project are available at . For informal enquiries, please contact Christoph Hoerl: .


The Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick is one of the UK's leading philosophy departments, with 20 permanent members of staff working in a wide range of areas and a thriving postgraduate and undergraduate community. In REF2014 the Department was ranked 1st in the UK for research outputs and 4th overall. For further information about the Department of Philosophy, please go to


For further information about the University of Warwick, please go to


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to


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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.


Closing Date
11 Oct 2018

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