Research Fellow

University of Birmingham
Full Time
£33,348 - £43,155 a year
Posted 1 day ago
Job description

Position Details

College of Arts and Law

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £33,348 to £43,155 with potential progression once in post to £45,737

Grade 7

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to August 2026

This role is also open as a Job Share and Part Time

Closing date: 25th May 2023


To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within an established research project. The successful candidate will be a research fellow on EPIC, a project on Epistemic Injustice in Healthcare funded by a Wellcome Discovery Award, and will research the notion of epistemic injustice under the supervision of Professor Lisa Bortolotti in the Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy Theology and Religion.

Role Summary

  • Work within the EPIC project (Epistemic Injustice in Healthcare), funded by a Wellcome Discovery Award, to study, clarify, and operationalise the notion of epistemic injustice to be tested in six subsequent case studies within the healthcare context.
  • Apply expertise in relevant areas of philosophy, including ethics, philosophy of medicine, epistemology.
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results from existing literature and project case studies.
  • Contribute to creating opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations with experts on the themes of the project, i.e., epistemic injustice in healthcare, and liaise with other researchers on the project to pursue the aims of the project.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of project outputs and to public engagement activities on the themes of the project via academic publications and presentations at conferences, but also the press and social media channels.

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of Professor Bortolotti if required
  • Contribute to writing articles and book chapters as project outputs.
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, in research seminars, international conferences, summer schools, and other venues.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods for the study of epistemic injustice.
  • Undertake some management and administration tasks arising from the project research.
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration.
  • Contribute to public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of Professor Bortolotti.
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews.
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters.
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
  • Promote equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

  • First degree and Masters in Philosophy, preferably a PhD as well or close to completion. Specialisation in Ethics or Epistemology with an interest in the Philosophy of Medicine.
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Ability to contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Ability to co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Lisa Bortolotti ( [email protected] ). Please also visit the project website, still under construction, at As part of the recruitment process, candidates are requested to submit a writing sample up to 8,000 words.

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working .

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