[SydPhil] Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney - Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

Eliza Goddard elizagoddard at aap.org.au
Mon Sep 10 09:40:45 AEST 2018

*Postdoctoral Research Associate *

*Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry*

*Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences*

*Reference No. 1598/0818F*

·       *Work alongside internationally renowned experts in the field *

·       *Contribute to new developments in the philosophy of law and formal

·       *Full-time, fixed-term position for 16 months, Salary: $73K p.a. to
$98K p.a. plus leave loading and generous superannuation contribution*

About the opportunity

This position is part of the ARC Discovery Project “Formal Approaches to
Legal Reasoning”.  The appointees will work with Chief Investigators
Professor Mark Colyvan and Dr Brian Hedden and collaborators to develop a
new philosophical approaches to legal reasoning involving decision theory,
game theory, probabilistic reasoning, and other formal tools of relevance.

Specific research topics will include:

·       Exploring and developing accounts of purely statistical evidence in
criminal trials and how such evidence differs (if it does differ) from more
familiar forms of evidence such as eye-witness testimony

·       Looking at rationales for group decision-making in legal settings
(e.g. juries and panels of judges) with an eye to recommendations for
improving such procedures

The positions will be located in the Department of Philosophy in the School
of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement;
inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the
importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for
a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy with:

·       PhD in Philosophy or another field relevant to the research project

·       expertise in formal epistemology (decision theory, game theory,
probability theory).

·       evidence of research potential by publications, successful
completion of previous research projects, etc.

·       interest in applications of formal philosophical techniques.

·       evidence of ability to work as part of a research team, including
ability to efficiently schedule tasks and to meet deadlines

About us

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a proud
history and tradition of intellectual rigour and offers one of the most
comprehensive and diverse range of humanities and social science studies in
the Asia-Pacific region, and a vibrant research and teaching environment.

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) is one of five
schools in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, made up of the
departments of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Gender and
Cultural Studies, History, and Philosophy. The School brings together an
exciting group of academics and students who participate in a wide array of
undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It is home to some of the leading
researchers and teachers in Australia and the world, as well as regularly
hosting prominent visitors and international colloquia.

Philosophy at the University of Sydney has research strengths in philosophy
of science — especially biology and cognitive science, history of
philosophy — especially early modern, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of
mind, epistemology, decision theory, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy
of law, pragmatism, and moral, social and political philosophy. The 2017-18
Wiley-Blackwell Philosophical Gourmet Report ranked Sydney equal first in
the world for Philosophy of Biology.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to
improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that
effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in
our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term
strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an
outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across
our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who
support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings
opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention,
challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers
website.  Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference
number to apply.

Closing date: 16 September 2018 11.30pm Sydney time.

For more information on the position and University, please view the
candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the
University of Sydney careers website.

For specific enquiries please contact Professor Mark Colyvan
mark.colyvan at sydney.edu.au or Dr Brian Hedden brian.hedden at sydney.edu.au

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process can be directed to Mohammed Abu
Naser on 02 8627 1215 or at mohammed.abunaser at sydney.edu.au

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.

© The University of Sydney

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Dr Eliza Goddard
Executive Officer, Australasian Association of Philosophy
GPO BOX 1978, Hobart 7001, Australia

ACN 152 892 272
ABN 29 152 892 272
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