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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department
Politics
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time
Contract status
Fixed term
Salary
32,236 - 33,199 a year
Posted Date
12/04/2019
Apply by
14/05/2019
Job Reference
7523
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Role Description

The University of York wishes to appoint an 18-month Postdoctoral Fellowship, generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of its Research Leadership Award (2016) to Dr. Timothy Stanton for his project Rethinking Civil Society: History, Theory, Critique. The successful applicant will join a team of eight doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working on this five-year project. The Fellowship is available to outstanding candidates seeking to conduct research on ideas of civil society in twentieth century Catholic social thought.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking for their first academic appointment after recently completing, or who is about to complete, their PhD.

Rethinking Civil Society charts the descent of ideas about civil society from their origins into their present, hegemonic form. The successful candidate will have expertise in Catholic social thinking about civil society and the common good.

The successful candidate will conduct research; analyse and interpret research data; use appropriate research techniques and methods; write up research results and disseminate them via publications, seminar and conference presentations, public engagement and outreach activities. You will also be expected to engage in administrative activities connected to the research project, the building of internal contacts and participation in internal networks; collaboration with colleagues on joint projects as required; and attendance at relevant meetings.  There will also be the opportunity, where appropriate, to assist with undergraduate teaching in your own areas of expertise.

You will have a first degree in History, Politics, Philosophy or a related discipline, and a PhD in Intellectual History, History of Political Thought, Political Theory or a related area. Candidates must hold a PhD by the time of appointment, and have demonstrable experience of conducting high quality research in the advertised area in any branch of the social sciences or humanities and a clear plan for publication. You will demonstrate attention to detail and the ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines.

Candidates are asked to submit a statement of not more than 3000 words about the interest and importance of their research, prefaced by a short abstract of the project (no more than 250 words), together with an academic cv including contact details of two academic referees who they consider to be familiar with their research and who would be appropriate assessors of their work. They should also submit a sample of their research, which may take the form of an article, paper, or a chapter or chapters of the candidate’s PhD thesis. 

The post is available from 1st September 2019, for 18 months on a full time basis.  Potential applications are encouraged to contact the project leader, Tim Stanton, or its administrator, Julia Key (julia.key@york.ac.uk) for informal discussion or further information. The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 14 May 2019.  Interviews are expected to be held on 3 and 4 June 2019.

The University of York is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favoured.

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