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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,553 a year for Grade 7, 51,034 - 62,727 a year for Grade 8 or 51,034 - 67,026 a year for Grade 8R
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The philosophy department at the University of York seeks to appoint a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Reader depending on experience, to an open contract, full-time post from September 2020. A research specialisation in the philosophy of religion, broadly conceived, will be essential for this post. An ability to teach the philosophy of religion is also essential.

The department, based on the University’s West campus on the outskirts of the historic city of York, is a pluralist department of thirty staff. It has a postgraduate community of thirty students and admits around one hundred undergraduates annually. Our programs include single honours philosophy, a wide range of joint modules, and we participate in the University of York’s successful Philosophy, Politics, and Economics  (PPE) program.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

You will contribute to the department’s research profile through high-quality publications and by seeking external research funding. The potential impact of your research on non-academic stakeholders may also be considered. You will be expected to participate in international conferences for the purpose of disseminating research results or for personal development. You will contribute to the department’s teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including specialist, research-led teaching and supervision of MA and PhD students.  You will undertake an appropriate share of administrative responsibilities.

You will have a PhD in Philosophy or equivalent experience, and appropriate academic professional and teaching qualifications or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

You will have knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies and a range of teaching techniques to enthuse and engage students. You will possess advanced and relevant IT knowledge and research expertise in an area that will complement and enhance the department's research strategy and goals.

You will be expected to show evidence of successful course planning, design and delivery across a range of modules, with exemplification of teaching materials.

You will have the ability to develop future research objectives, projects and proposals, highly developed oral and written communication skills, the ability to write publications and/or to disseminate research findings using other appropriate media; to deliver presentations at conferences or exhibit work at other appropriate events internally and externally; to extend, transform, and apply knowledge from scholarship where appropriate; and to supervise the work of others, for example in research teams or projects or as an MA, PhD or postdoctoral supervisor.

The department positively encourages applications from members of groups under-represented in the department, for example, women and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Why York?

The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research. The proportion of research activity of world-leading, 4* status is among the highest of any UK university, and York is rated tenth out of 155 higher education institutions for the impact of its research

Interview date: Week commencing 27 April 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact (Prof Alan Thomas, head of Department) on ( or Dr Louise Richardson on

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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.