Fitzjames Research Fellowship in Philosophy, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK

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Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Philosophy for four years commencing on 1 October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is intended as a career development post, which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to devote a substantial proportion of time to research and to develop skills in teaching and the academic administration of Philosophy and of the wider college.

Criteria for appointment
To be eligible to apply for this Fitzjames Research Fellowship, candidates should:

  • Be at an early stage of an academic career, typically at postdoctoral level or equivalent
  • Be aspiring to a substantive academic appointment and have career development needs which this Fitzjames Research Fellowship would address

Philosophy at Merton
The University of Oxford offers Philosophy only in combination with at least one other subject at undergraduate level. The College currently takes eight undergraduates each year to read for the Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), and four for Literae Humaniores (Classics). It also admits undergraduates to read Philosophy & Modern Languages and Mathematics & Philosophy.

Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford and has a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching (see The College has a sizeable graduate community (almost 300) which includes between six and ten graduates in Philosophy at any one time. Merton employs a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy, Professor Ralph Wedgwood, specialising in ethics and epistemology, with whom the person appointed will work closely. The Fellowship also includes: a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, specialising in ancient Greek philosophy, Professor Gail Fine; a Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy, specialising in Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Sydney Penner; and the Professor of Mathematical Logic, Professor Boris Zilber. The College is situated across the street from the Faculty of Philosophy building, with its library, seminar and lecture room facilities.

Those wishing to apply for this post should send:

  • a brief curriculum vitae incorporating a publications list
  • a sample of their recent written work (e.g. an article or thesis chapter)
  • a research proposal for the four years covered by the Fitzjames Research Fellowship
  • a statement of their teaching range in relation to the needs of the College, specified in 3b) above
  • a completed application summary sheet (Appendix A)

to The Warden, Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD, by noon on Wednesday 2 March 2011. Alternatively, applications may be sent electronically to the Sub-Warden?s Secretary (e-mail:

Applicants should also arrange for three referees (not more than two of whom should be from the same institution) to write directly to the Warden of Merton College by the closing date. Please note that E-mail references are acceptable only as PDF attachments and when a hard copy is also sent.

Any enquiries related to these Further Particulars should be directed in the first instance to the Senior Tutor, Dr Trudy Watt (Telephone: 01865 286505 or e-mail:

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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