Job Description

College College of Human Sciences
School School of Philosophy
Post Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy
Post Duration Temporary 12 month post commencing 1 October 20122012
Reports to Professor Dermot Moran, PrincipaI Investigator, Philosophy
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Position Summary

Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy, located within the UCD School of Philosophy. The post is associated with the Irish Research Council (IRC) Advanced Collaborative Research Grant, Discovering the “We”: The Phenomenology of Sociality, 2012-2013 (Principal Investigator: Professor Dermot Moran). Building on the results of Professor Moran’s successful IRCHSS RDI Project ‘Phenomenology of Consciousness and Subjectivity’ (2008-2010), the current project explicates and critically evaluates the phenomenological tradition’s understanding of sociality, i.e. the manner in which subjects act cooperatively and engage intersubjectively in social relations. Phenomenological accounts of social relations (in Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Max Scheler and Alfred Schutz) offer rich insights that challenge current predominantly analytic discussions of collective intentionality and social ontology. Particular attention will be given to the experience of others in empathy and the ability to execute collective intentions with others in the shared social life-world.

The successful candidate for the Postdoctoral Fellowship will hold a doctoral degree (preferably in philosophy or a cognate discipline) and, working closely with Professor Dermot Moran, will be expected to contribute significantly to research in contemporary phenomenology as part of the IRC Advanced Collaborative Research Grant Discovering the “We”: The Phenomenology of Sociality (2012-2013). The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to conduct research, to assist in the organisation of workshops and a major conference planned to take place in the academic year 2012-2013, to assist in the management of the project website, and associated duties. According to the Irish Research Council scheme, Professor Moran as Principal Investigator will act as Mentor to the successful Fellow.

Salary: € 30117 for the period

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of the successful candidate will include but not necessarily be limited to the following:

  • Undertake and publish high quality research and scholarship in phenomenology and specifically in the phenomenology of the social world.
  • Attend research meetings, conferences and workshops associated with the IRC Advanced Collaborative Research Project Discovering the “We”: The Phenomenology of Sociality
  • Contribute to the academic life of the School, College and the University
  • Contribute to the wider educational community
  • Undertake such other appropriate duties as directed by the Principal Investigator in line with the contract of employment.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria outline the qualifications, skills, knowledge and/or experience that the successful candidate would need to demonstrate for successful discharge of the responsibilities of the post. Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well candidates satisfy these criteria.


  • A PhD in Philosophy or in a related discipline
  • A strong, demonstrable, commitment to research and international publication
  • Relevant research expertise in contemporary European philosophy and phenomenology.
  • Willingness to be an active participant in the project research team.
  • A capacity and enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary context within the School and the wider academic community.


  • Research experience in one or more of the following areas: Contemporary European Philosophy, Phenomenology, Social Philosophy.
  • Ability to manage effectively the workshops and conference associated with the Research Project.
  • Play a role in the editing of journal special issues and books
  • Ability to set up and maintain the project website and other project resources
  • An ability and commitment to interface with colleagues and students across the School’s research and teaching themes
  • Identify areas for further research and assist in the development of research grant applications.

Further Information for Candidates

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Relocation Expenses Will not apply

Informal Enquiries ONLY to:

Name: Dermot Moran
Title: Professor
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Telephone: 0035317168123