Research Fellow  in Neuroethics

Faculty of Philosophy
University of Oxford

Grade 7: Salary in the range £30,434 - £33,242 p.a.

Vacancy ID : 115885

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Fellow in Neuroethics. The post is fixed-term for 3 years from the date of appointment and is expected to begin early 2015. The postholder will work on the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics (OCN) research project throughout the 3 year period. During the first 18 months only, the postholder will spend half of his/her time working on the Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme (OLLRP). 

Both research projects are hosted by the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, which is part of the Faculty of Philosophy. The postholder will work under the supervision of Professor Julian Savulescu (Director of the Uehiro Centre and OCN, also Principal Investigator of the OLLRP). The postholder will be based at Littlegate House, 16-17 St Ebbe’s St. in central Oxford. 

The postholder will conduct collaborative and independent research in applied ethics relevant to neuroethics and on the themes of interest to OCN and OLLRP. Collaborative research will include the provision of research assistance for Professor Savulescu. The postholder will also undertake comprehensive literature reviews, in the areas of Psychology as well as Philosophy, and be responsible for organising the Loebel Lectures and related events and supporting relations with donors. 

The successful applicant will have received the degree of PhD or equivalent in analytic philosophy (ideally in the areas of philosophy of cognitive science and moral psychology) or at least have submitted and preferably had examined a completed doctoral dissertation (to a standard satisfactory to the Director of the Uehiro Centre) by the start date. Also essential are excellent research skills and an outstanding research record appropriate to the present stage of the applicant’s career, and the demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently within a research team. 

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 12.00 noon on 5 December 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.