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Postdoctoral Research Position - REAL - Rights and Egalitarianism Project

The Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research position – approx. 36 months - working on the project REAL - Rights and Egalitarianism.
REAL is a 5-year project funded by an ERC Consolidator grant and led by Dr. Adina Preda. The project examines and challenges the rift between rights and egalitarian theories of justice, especially telic egalitarian theories. These two areas or concerns are perceived as incompatible with each other in certain ways; the aim of this project is to demonstrate that this is a misconception. The project adopts an analytical approach that blends arguments from legal and political philosophy, normative ethics and axiology in order to provide a novel framework that integrates these two approaches. In particular, the project ultimately aims to offer a deontic (luck) egalitarian account of justice with global reach that can translate into rights.
The team will include the PI, two postdoctoral  researchers, a PhD student and an occasional research assistant. Funding is available for travel to conferences or visiting trips to other institutions as well as some consumables.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post
The postdoctoral fellows are expected to conduct original research on one or more aspects of the project; these include but are not restricted to: theories of distributive justice, especially egalitarian theories, analytical theories of rights, deontological and consequentialist approaches in ethics and axiology. Of particular interest are research projects that combine some of these areas.
They will actively take part in research activities and events in the Department of Philosophy and the School.
They will regularly present their work in progress to the team and other members of the department as well as disseminate the findings of the project internationally.

Person Specification

The candidate should have a PhD (completed or near completion) in Philosophy or cognate discipline.

Knowledge & Experience

Solid knowledge of value theory (broadly defined) and specifically analytical theories of rights, egalitarian theories of justice and/or axiology;
A developed research agenda consistent with the project and a publication strategy.

Experience of presenting academic work for diverse audiences.

Skills & Competencies
Excellent written and verbal English skills;
Excellent analytical skills;
Good presentation and communication skills;
Willingness to engage with the academic community both in Ireland and internationally;
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Good IT and organisational skills.

Applications must include a full CV, two confidential academic references, a cover letter and a research statement detailing research plans for the next 3 years by February 14, 2020. Applications, enquiries and the references can be sent to Adina Preda at Please note that a writing sample will be requested from shortlisted candidates prior to the interview, which is likely to take place in March 2020. The starting date is negotiable but should be no later than September 2020.