DURHAM UNIVERSITY Research Assistant Job

Department of Philosophy

6th year: – £27,116 – £33,309 per year (prorated)
Fixed term – Part time
Contract duration: 3 months
Contract hours per week: 21
Closing Date:May 14, 2022, 06:59:00

This position is 3 month fixed term and part-time (0.6 FTE) and therefore the salary is prorated to the stated salary.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the best universities in the world with strengths in the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world tackling global issues and making a difference in people’s lives.

The University is located in a beautiful historic town where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the largest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate university, Durham recruits exceptional students from around the world and offers an unparalleled student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London and 1.5 hours south of Edinburgh, County Durham is an area steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of urban, suburban and rural residential locations. The University offers a range of benefits, including pension and child care benefits, and the University relocation officer can help you with any educational requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and sustain an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that helps all members of our University community reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from the international, national and regional communities with which we work and serve.

The Department

The Department of Philosophy at Durham University is a world-renowned center for research in a wide range of fields, grouped into four research clusters:

  1. aesthetics, ethics and politics;
  2. history of philosophy;
  3. spirit, language and metaphysics; and
  4. Science, medicine and society.

He directs several interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS), the Durham Center for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, the Center for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage, and the Center for the History of Medicine and Disease. Collaborative interdisciplinary research is at the heart of our research and impact strategy, as is our strong performance in external research funding.

At postgraduate and undergraduate level, students can choose from a wide range of subjects covering the entire discipline of philosophy. Admissions to the Department’s undergraduate programs are competitive, and we consistently score well in national philosophy rankings. We have one of the largest PhD programs in the UK and many of our students go on to very successful academic careers.

The role

A research assistant is required for summer work on the John Temple Foundation sponsored project, The successes and failures of science through the prism of intellectual humility: perspectives from the history and philosophy of science. The incumbent will be expected to conduct literature searches and reviews, participate in joint research group meetings and discussions, assist in the final production of research papers, and contribute their own research ideas. A good degree in philosophy (Bachelor’s or Master’s) is required, with a background in the philosophy of science and some knowledge of statistics. This phase of the work will focus on intellectual humility as a virtue of institutions, where institution is understood in the sense of methodological standards or “schools of methodology or approach” (as in the “randomist” school mentioned in the project proposal). In-depth work on this kind of subject is therefore highly desirable.


  • Understand and convey information that requires in-depth explanation to the team or group of people through presentations, discussions and meetings that contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  • To write up research results, present information on research progress and results to research oversight bodies in a clear and accurate manner.
  • Analyze or undertake basic research deciding how best to apply existing methodology based on overall context and objectives.
  • Address issues that may affect the achievement of research objectives and timelines by discussing with the Principal Investigator or grantee and proposing creative or innovative solutions.
  • Liaise with research colleagues and establish internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding in order to build relationships for future research collaboration.
  • Contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • Help contribute to support student projects on the use of research methods and equipment.
  • Contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful work environment, inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • Engage in broader citizenship to support the department and the discipline at large.
  • Engage in continuous professional development by completing relevant training and development courses.

This position is 3 month fixed term as dictated by the budget and project plan already agreed with the funder

The incumbent is employed to work on a research/research project to be carried out by another colleague. Although this means that the post holder will not carry out independent research in their own right, they are expected to contribute to the progress of the project, through the development of their own ideas for research / adaptation and development of the research. protocols. Successful candidates will ideally be in post before July 4, 2022.

How to register

For informal enquiries, please contact the project administrator, Adrian Harris at anharris@durham.ac.uk. All requests will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University vacancies site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/. As part of the application process, you must provide details of 3 referees (preferably academic/research) and details of your current supervisor so that we can seek a job reference.

Applications are especially welcome from women and black and minority ethnic applicants, who are underrepresented in academic positions at the University.

What to submit

All applicants are invited to submit:

  • A CV and a cover letter that details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above;

Next steps

Assessment for the position will include an assessment of suitability from the application and/or testing during an interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and assessment on a date to be confirmed.



  • A good first degree in philosophy.
  • Experience in conducting basic academic research or providing research assistance, including the use of standard research methods.
  • Demonstrable ability to produce concise, well-written reports for a range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team, including participating in research meetings.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and meet strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders.


  • A master’s degree in philosophy
  • A doctorate (or be close to submission) in philosophy or a related field.
  • Experience in conducting high quality academic research.
  • Experience in the preparation of academic articles.
  • Ability to help provide support for student projects.
  • Ability to contribute to the planning and management of independent research.

DBS requirement: Not applicable.

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