Postdoctoral positions (three), Visiting position, and PhD scholarships in the Philosophy of Biomedicine, University of Sydney

The following positions are available:

  • Postdoctoral Research Associates (A Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st Century, two positions)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (Constructing Objective Biological Criteria of Health, one position)
  • Visiting Senior Research Associate (One semester)
  • PhD scholarship in the History and Philosophy of Nutrition Science
  • PhD scholarship in the Philosophy of Biomedicine

Postdoctoral Research Associates (Two positions)

Closing date of May 10th. All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by reference number 651/0418F to apply.

Full time, fixed-term position for 3 years by negotiation, with the possibility of further offers for up to 2 additional years. Remuneration package from 106k p.a. to 114k p.a. (which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation).

These positions are part of the ARC Laureate Project A Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st Century. The appointees will work with Chief Investigator Professor Paul E. Griffiths and collaborators to develop a new vision of health and disease which can accommodate developments in contemporary biology and to make the discipline of philosophy an active participant in identifying new directions for integrative biomedical research.

Specific research topics will include:

  • Exploring and developing accounts of biological function and biological normativity through their application to data and theory in current biology and medicine
  • Implications of life history theory and the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm for conceptions of health and disease
  • Implications of genetic conflict perspectives and recent work on biological individuality for health and disease

The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the biomedical research community at the University of Sydney.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Closing Date May 10th. All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by reference number 659/0418F to apply.

Full-time, fixed-term position for 3 years, remuneration package 106k p.a. to 114k p.a. (which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation).

The University of Sydney has received a grant from The John Templeton Foundation to explore the conceptual foundations of health and disease and of biological normativity, entitled Constructing Objective Biological Criteria of Health.

The Research Fellow will work with Project Leader Professor Paul E. Griffiths and Co-Project Leader Dr Pierrick Bourrat to develop a new vision of function and purpose in living systems which reflects developments in contemporary biological theory.

Specific research topics will include:

  • Evolutionary and other approaches to function and purpose
  • Theories of the organism in light of contemporary biology
  • Biological individuality
  • Evolution of human cognition and its pathologies, with special attention to niche-construction perspectives on human evolution

The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the biomedical research community at the University of Sydney.

Visiting Senior Research Associate (One semester)

One-semester full-salary (Level B) visiting position for an early career researcher to conduct research within the ARC Laureate Project A Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st Century in the Theory and Methods in Bioscience group at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.

This position can be held in either the first (February to June) or second (July to November) semester of 2019. Additional visiting positions will be offered on the same basis in subsequent years.

Eligibility Requirement:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Applicants must occupy a position at another institution extending beyond the period of this visiting position

To enquire about this opportunity contact Prof. Paul E. Griffiths: info@griffithslab.org

PhD scholarship in the History and Philosophy of Nutrition Science

This PhD scholarship is part of the ARC Laureate project ‘A Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st Century’. The research will use philosophical and historical perspectives on nutrition and related sciences to contribute to efforts to create an integrated multidisciplinary approach to nutrition. The position will be based in the Theory and Methods in Biosciences research group at the Charles Perkins Centre and jointly supervised by Laureate Fellow Prof. Paul Griffiths and Charles Perkins Centre Nutrition Theme Leader Prof. David Raubenheimer.

Applicants should have either a degree in history and/or philosophy of science and demonstrated interest in the biological and biomedical sciences or a degree in a relevant biological/biomedical field and a demonstrated interest and ability in the history and philosophy of science.

Applicants can apply for admission as a PhD candidate in either the Department of Philosophy (School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) or the School of History and Philosophy of Science (Faculty of Science). The successful candidate will receive a tuition waiver and a stipend of AUD 26,300 per annum for up to four years. Candidates whose qualifications would make them eligible to apply for an NHMRC Postgraduate award can be paid a higher stipend.

To enquire about this opportunity contact Prof. Paul E. Griffiths: info@griffithslab.org

PhD scholarship in the Philosophy of Biomedicine

This PhD scholarship is part of the ARC Laureate project ‘A Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st Century’. The position will be based in the Theory and Methods in Biosciences research group at the Charles Perkins Centre, led by Laureate Fellow Prof. Paul Griffiths.

Applicants should have either a degree in history and/or philosophy of science and demonstrated interest in the biological and biomedical sciences or a degree in a relevant biological/biomedical field and a demonstrated interest and ability in the history and philosophy of science.

Applicants can apply for admission as a PhD candidate in either the Department of Philosophy (School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) or the School of History and Philosophy of Science (Faculty of Science). The successful candidate will receive a tuition waiver and a stipend of AUD 26,300 per annum for up to four years. Candidates whose qualifications would make them eligible to apply for an NHMRC Postgraduate award can be paid a higher stipend.

To enquire about this opportunity contact Prof. Paul E. Griffiths: info@griffithslab.org

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged for all of the positions above.