Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Moral Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy
University of Oxford

Grade 7: Salary in the range £29,837 - £36,661 p.a.

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Applications are invited for a two-year Research Fellowship in Applied Moral Philosophy.  The full-time post is part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: An Ethical Analysis’. The successful applicant will conduct philosophical research on autonomy, coercion, manipulation, bodily integrity or penal theory and apply this work to the questions in criminal justice policy and neuroethics addressed by the project.  The postholder will work under the supervision of the project’s Principal Investigator, Dr Thomas Douglas.

The post is located at the Oxford Uehiro Centre in central Oxford and the start date is 1 October 2014.

Applicants should have a research specialisation in one or more of the following areas: moral, political or legal philosophy; bio- or neuro-ethics; criminal justice ethics.  The ability to work both collaboratively and independently, and to produce papers for publication without the supervision of others is also required. The postholder will have obtained prior to the start date, a PhD (or equivalent doctorate) in philosophy or a closely relevant discipline, or will have submitted (and preferably had examined) a thesis for such a degree.  Appointment to the position will be conditional on prior submission of the doctoral thesis.

Applications must be made online via the Oxford University jobs website: where further particulars for the post are available.

Applications to be submitted no later than midday on 24 April 2014.

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Neuroscience studies the brain and mind, and thereby some of the most profound aspects of human existence. In the last decade, advances in imaging and manipulating the brain have raised ethical challenges, particularly about the moral limits of the use of such technology, leading to the new discipline of neuroethics. The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, led by experts from ethics, philosophy of mind, neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry and legal theory, will be the first international centre in the UK dedicated to neuroethical research.



Neuroethics is arguably the most rapidly advancing and exciting field of research in biomedical ethics today because it addresses head-on the two most important subjects relevant to who we are and how we live: the brain and mind.



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Neuroethics (Dana Foundation)