Job: Research Assistant/Associate (Law) – Newcastle University – Institute of Health & Society

10 July 2017

Research Assistant/Associate (Law) – A76493R
Newcastle University – Institute of Health & Society
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 6th July 2017
Closes: 13th July 2017
Job Ref: 147248
Salary: Research Assistant – £26,829 – £28,452; Research Associate – £29,301 – £38,183

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and highly motivated part time legal researcher (0.5 FTE) to help develop a new project on economic, social and cultural rights in UK law. The Institute is committed to social justice, fairness and Health for All. Much of our work addresses the causes of poverty, inequalities in health and the social determinants of health. Our research is interdisciplinary and grounded in a Right to Health approach. We work within a public health and primary care paradigm so that our research and teaching must be relevant to the communities we serve, locally, nationally, and internationally.

You will have an Undergraduate and Master’s degree in law. A PhD in law or a related discipline is required for appointment at Associate level.

You should be able to demonstrate an interest in human rights, both legally and in the wider policy context, nationally and internationally, as well as expertise and analytical ability in economic, social and cultural rights.

The Institute of Health & Society is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students. Applications for part time/flexible working will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.

The post is available immediately and is tenable for 3 years.

Informal enquiries may be made to Peter Roderick (email: peter.roderick [at]

PhD: ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ at the University of Sheffield – Philosophy

19 January 2017

‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ is a collaborative research project in applied epistemology and ethics between the University of Gröningen, the University of Sheffield and CUNY Graduate Center, sponsored by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) led by Profs Boudewijn de Bruin (Gröningen) and Miranda Fricker (CUNY Graduate Center/Sheffield).

This PhD studentship commences on 1 September 2017. The successful candidate will spend three years pursuing research for the Sheffield PhD in Philosophy, and they will be expected to visit Gröningen during their second year. They may also visit CUNY Graduate Center in New York, though there is not at present any extra funding for those purposes. After completion of the Sheffield PhD at the end of Year Three, they will spend Year Four in Gröningen pursuing research leading to a second PhD in Philosophy or in Economics from the University of Gröningen.

Supervision will be shared between Profs de Bruin and Fricker, with further supervisory support given by colleagues at Sheffield. Details of the overall project available on request from mfricker [at]


The studentship is open to students of any nationality. Normally, candidates should have completed a minimum of two years’ full-time undergraduate study in Philosophy, and have gained a good 2.1 BA Honours Degree (67%) or equivalent (US GPA 3.6). Candidates should have completed a Master’s course (or equivalent) in Philosophy, with a substantial research component, achieving a grade equivalent to 67%. It is desirable that candidates also have some knowledge of Finance or Medicine.

Please see for English Language requirements.

Application Process

Candidates should submit an application for the Sheffield PhD via

using the heading ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’.

Applying for a studentship in this project does not preclude applicants from applying for other sources of funding for their PhD.

In their online research proposal (900-1000 words), candidates should make clear how their background and interests make them a suitable candidate for the Towards Professional Epistemic Justice project, and explain the specific lines of enquiry they would wish to pursue within the framework of the project and the branch of it (epistemic justice and finance/ medicine) in which they wish to situate their thesis. Candidates may propose any project they see as broadly fitting these themes. Topics covered might include the structure of virtue and/or vice, virtues of epistemic justice, individual and collective or institutional virtues and vices, procedural remedies for biased outcomes, overcoming implicit bias, self-trust, self-fulfilling testimonial injustice, recognition theory, broader issues of justice and injustice in medicine and/or finance etc.

Candidates must also send an email message to Professor Fricker, mfricker [at] notifying her that an application has been submitted and giving her the application number using ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’ in the subject line.

Interviews (probably by Skype or FaceTime) will be held in March 2017.

For further information, please contact Prof Miranda Fricker (mfricker [at] and/or Prof Boudewijn de Bruin ( [at]

Funding Details

The studentship is funded from 1/9/2107 to 31/7/2021 directly by the University of Gröningen. It pays €28,498 (Year 1), €33,201 (Year 2), €34,778 (Year 3) and €31,245 (Year 4 until 31/7/2021) and are subject to Dutch tax law. These funds are to pay course fees at Sheffield and to provide maintenance.

Location of PhD

University of Sheffield (3 years)

University of Groningen (1 year)

Event: genetic medalling

23 May 2011

You are invited to attend the event ‘GENETIC MEDALLING‘ from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in central London on Tuesday 7 June. This event – which is being organised by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with and hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine, and which forms part of the series ‘GENES, ANCESTRY AND RACIAL IDENTITY: DOES IT MATTER WHERE YOUR GENES COME FROM?’ – will address sporting achievement in relation to genetics and race ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The remarkable success of East African endurance athletes and sprinters of West African descent fascinates scientists and the public alike, and research to determine the role of genetics in athletic prowess is currently underway. Such work is controversial, because it could bolster arguments that performance is dependent upon race and different between races, thereby perpetuating racial stereotypes. Moreover, some commentators have questioned the entire biological paradigm that prompts us to anticipate genetic factors in sporting achievement.

If we do find performance-related genes, how might this affect our attitude to sporting ability, fairness, equity and justice? To take an extreme scenario, would it be fair to segregate some sporting events based on ‘race’ if it turns out that certain ‘races’ have a genetic advantage? To what extent would such segregation be analogous to the male/female divide, which is also based on a genetic difference, and which is not without its own controversies (for example the recent case of champion runner Caster Semenya, whose gender became a matter of dispute).

The GENETIC MEDALLING‘ event will see JOHN DUPRÉ (Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter), CONNIE ST LOUIS (science writer and producer/presenter of the radio programme ‘Ethnic Drugs: The Magic Bullet?‘) and DR ALUN WILLIAMS (sport geneticist at Manchester Metropolitan University) debate these issues, with DR ANAND SAGGAR (Senior Consultant in Clinical Genetics at St Georges NHS Trust) chairing.

In the Progress Educational Trust tradition, following introductory presentations, the bulk of the event’s running time will be devoted to soliciting questions and comments from the audience. Attendance is FREE, but advance booking is required. If you should like to attend, please RSVP to sstarr [at]

Jobs: Assistant or Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State

25 August 2010

Georgia State University College of Law is seeking highly qualified applicants for five tenure-track faculty positions, to start in the 2011-2012 academic year, in the following three subject matter areas:

Intellectual Property: We seek candidates who specialize in intellectual property law with a research focus on biotechnology, the life and health sciences, and entrepreneurship.

Health Regulation: We seek candidates who specialize in health law with a research focus on health business regulation law, corporate law and compliance, and ethics of health care businesses and organizations.

Health Equity: We seek candidates with backgrounds in legal disciplines consistent with a research focus on health equity and legal remedies to rectify systemic health disparities.

These three positions are part of a University faculty hiring initiative, called the Second Century Initiative (2CI), to build scholarly research around interdisciplinary research themes.

Candidates for these positions should have strong interdisciplinary research interests that will enable their engagement with the Center for Law, Health & Society and other University units.

Applicants should have a Juris Doctor degree, excellent academic background, and a proven record of (or demonstrated potential for) outstanding scholarship, teaching, and professional engagement. All positions are tenure track, and they are at the assistant or associate professor level commensurate with experience. Applications must be submitted online. Review of applications for these positions will begin in August 2010 and continue until the positions are filled; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before October 1, 2010.

For inquiries only (not applications) related to the 2CI positions, please contact:

Professor Charity Scott
Director, Center for Law, Health & Society
Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee for Second Century Initiative