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Lecturer in Philosophy

Requisition ID:  9729

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  20-Jul-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality  We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942.00 - £40,322.00 per annum (pro-rata)

Closing Date: Tuesday 10th August 2021


The Role


We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Philosophy, specialising in Continental Philosophy. A willingness to teach introductory courses in Ancient Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to Aristotle and beyond, together with an advanced level undergraduate course in Continental Political Thought and a first-year course introducing Existentialism and other areas of Continental thought, would be welcome but not essential.


The candidate will ideally have some teaching experience. At Newcastle, they will contribute to the existing curriculum but may also have the opportunity to design new modules in the future so as to expand our provision.


This post is part time for 0.70FTE


Philosophy at Newcastle University is steadily becoming an important centre for Post-Kantian European Philosophy and is home to the BA (Hons.) Philosophy, the MLitt Philosophy, and the PhD in Philosophy: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/philosophy/


Informal enquiries about the position may be made to the Head of Philosophy, Dr Michael Lewis: Michael.Lewis@newcastle.ac.uk.


Key Accountabilities


  • Complement existing strengths at Philosophy at Newcastle, with a specialism in Continental European philosophy.
  • Deliver high-quality teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students, in line with the needs of the Unit (i.e. the Department).
  • Supervise students of all stages on the yearly undergraduate Project (akin to an annual dissertation). This will include weekly meetings, small group teaching, one to one tuition, together with pastoral care. A supportive and tolerant attitude towards students of all abilities is essential.
  • To publish original work, and partake of scholarly activities more broadly.
  • Undertake some administrative tasks, and eventually significant administrative roles, to support one’s own and others’ teaching, scholarship, and engagement.
  • Help to develop the culture of undergraduate and postgraduate research, whilst contributing to the organisation of and participation in research events within the Unit, School, and University more broadly.
  • To contribute to the culture of the Interdisciplinary School which Philosophy is joining in 2021–22.
  • Contribute to the work of the Unit and the University more broadly through contributions to working groups and committees.
  • Promote the University’s values in relation to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and support widening access to our programmes and facilities for people who have historically been under-represented at university.
  • Perform other tasks appropriate to the level of Lecturer as required by the Head of Unit.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Capacity to teach engaging modules on a Philosophy or Liberal Arts programme or other related programmes.
  • Capacity to teach post-Kantian Continental European philosophy.
  • Willingness to collaborate in the development and teaching within an Interdisciplinary School, including liberal arts style curricula.
  • Excellent communication, organisation, and collaborative skills.
  • Ability to publish scholarly articles, monographs, and edited collections.
  • Ability to carry out pastoral work with students of all levels and abilities.


  • Ability and willingness to teach on two or more of the modules, Ancient Philosophy I: From the Presocratics to the Plato, Ancient Philosophy II: Aristotle and Beyond (First year modules), Continental Political Thought (Third year module), and Existentialism and the Self (First year module), which is conceived of as an introduction to continental philosophy.
  • Experience of one-to-one or small group tutorials and supervision.
  • Potential for developing new modules and teaching others on the curriculum, including modules in non-European thought.



  • Ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to students.
  • Demonstrable willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a team, including the flexibility to take on new tasks each year, in terms of teaching, scholarship, and administration




  • PhD (or equivalent) in Philosophy or a related subject.
  • A broad knowledge of the philosophical canon, together with a specialisation which complements existing strengths at Newcastle.


  • Higher Education teaching qualification (or equivalent teaching experience or the willingness to apply for such a qualification or attain such experience)


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 9729