Junior Research Fellowship in Economics as a Moral Science
Blackfriars Hall invites applications for a part-time Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in the interdisciplinary field of moral philosophy, theology, and fundamental economic theory, whose research will contribute to the Economics as Moral Science project at the Las Casas Institute under the direction of Prof Peter Rona.
The appointment is tenable for three years, starting 15 January 2020 at a salary of £27,383 pro rata (0.5 FTE), or £13,692 per annum.
The Economics as a Moral Science project examines the deepest philosophical and analytic foundations of modern economic theory with a view to determining whether the exclusion of moral judgment from it is well founded; exploring the role of free will and moral judgment in economic activity; and developing an alternative theory in which the moral and spiritual life of economic agents is fully accounted for. The project organizes a three-day symposium at least once a year, and a selection of the papers delivered at the symposium are published by Springer in the Virtues and Economics series edited by Prof Rona. Three such volumes have been published so far and a fourth one is in preparation. It is expected that the successful candidate will assist Prof Rona in all aspects of the project.
The successful candidate will be expected to engage in research and its dissemination; propose, plan, and manage a high quality programme of original research in consultation with Prof Rona; and to publicise the outcomes of that research through presentation of papers and publications.
The successful candidate must have a solid grounding in economics and in philosophy, preferably to include virtue-ethics. Familiarity with sociology and/or cultural anthropology is desirable, as is a good knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching, on which significant European and American thinkers in this area have drawn in recent decades.
The successful candidate should respect and be supportive of the ethos and mission of Blackfriars Hall, its Dominican intellectual tradition, and of the concern of the Las Casas Institute to bring Catholic Social Thought and Practice to bear on pressing concerns of social justice.
The Fellow will be a member of the Senior Common Room of Blackfriars Hall, and of the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice and will have Associate Membership of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Oxford.
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Applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org by midday 5th September 2019, providing a CV, a Written work, an Application form and a Research proposal, with ‘JRF application’ as the email subject.
Applicants should arrange for two referees to send their references to email@example.com by the same date.
Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place on the week beginning 23rd September 2019. Promising candidates then will be invited to attend the next Symposium on 3-5 October 2019 and may be called to a subsequent second interview in the week beginning 21st October.
Blackfriars Hall is an equal opportunities employer.