Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Дедлайн: 13.10.2019



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, the project will run for four years, starting on 1 st January 2020. Its overarching aim is to develop a 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. The project will be divided into three work packages: 1. Emotion and Perception; 2. Interpersonal Experience and Understanding; 3. The Bounds of Grief. This three-year position is associated with Work Package 1. It will involve investigating the nature of grief, by engaging with philosophical and interdisciplinary research on emotional and perceptual experience.
In this role, you will conduct philosophical research under the supervision of senior colleagues and also contribute towards collaborative research. Specifically, you will:

  • 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
  • manage the project website
  • assemble a comprehensive, structured bibliography of writings on grief, for use by researchers and a wider public
  • contribute to regular project research meetings
  • organize and attend project events
  • develop new internal and external research collaborations within and between disciplines
  • assist in disseminating research to a variety of practitioners who work with grief, and also a wider public
  • assist with project-related teaching

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • First degree with a substantial philosophical component
  • PhD in an area of Philosophy relevant to the project, such as Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, or Phenomenology
  • Expertise in Philosophy of Perception and/or Philosophy of Emotion
  • 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
  • Ability to manage a website
  • Ability to work efficiently, plan research, and meet deadlines


  • Knowledge of research in other disciplines that is relevant to the study of grief
  • Some familiarity with philosophical and/or interdisciplinary research on grief
  • Experience of interdisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Experience of organizing events
  • Teaching experience at university level

Please outline in your covering letter the kind of research you would be keen to pursue as part of the project.

This role is available on a fixed term basis for 36 months.

Interview date: late October 2019

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Matthew Ratcliffe:

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