Skip to content

Postdoctoral Research Associate Mental Health and Justice

York Law School
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,076 - Per year
Apply by

Role Description

We wish to appoint a fixed-term full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work on the ‘Enabling legal capacity through decision making support’ work stream within the ‘Mental Health and Justice’ Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award project.  Based in York Law School, you will work with Matt Matravers and Jillian Craigie (King’s College, London) on moral and legal questions that surround the idea that respecting persons means respecting their (expressed) preferences in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. 

You will contribute to the theoretical phase of the work stream by conducting research, analysis and interpretation of research to investigate the moral reasoning underpinning the move towards universal legal capacity and decision-making support.  You will investigate the moral foundations of the relation between choice (expressed preference) and respecting agency, and the different ways in which the law has captured this relation in different contexts.  You will contribute to writing up the research and providing recommendations for legal/policy developments in this area.

You will have a first degree in law, philosophy or any cognate field and additionally will have (or have submitted or immediately pending), a PhD in law, philosophy or political theory, or equivalent experience.   You will have knowledge of legal and moral theory and experience of carrying out independent and collaborative research.  You will also have strong intellectual and team-working skills and a willingness to engage with the project.  An interest in the areas of mental disability and/or mental health is desirable.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Matt Matravers ( in advance of applying to find out more about the position and the bid into which it fits. This is a 2.2 year position with a proposed start date of September 2017 (negotiable). 

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity



Forgot password | Register

Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.