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New Agendas for the Study of Time: Connecting the Disciplines 

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REFERENCE NO. 2055/1111

  • Explore the history and philosophy of time throughout the sciences
  • New grant funded research project
  • Full-time, 2 year fixed term, attractive remuneration package: $92.6K p.a. (which includes salary, leave loading and up to 17% super)

The University of Sydney has received a prestigious grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the nature of time and streamline worldwide academic research on the subject.

The project, entitled New Agendas for the Study of Time: Connecting the Disciplines, will focus on asking which aspects of time belong to which disciplines in order to reinvigorate, and perhaps resolve, age-old puzzles. In achieving this, a new clarity will be brought to the study of time in a global sense, setting the agenda for the subject’s future.

As part of the project the University will be making four appointments, each in different disciplinary areas.

This particular Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PRF) will work on the history and philosophy of time, focussing on the way time is understood across a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, psychology, anthropology, cognitive science, and biology. The position will be situated in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and in this role you will:

  • produce a catalogue of concepts of time across various scientific disciplines, with a view to finding commonalities and differences
  • publish in journals of high standing, and possibly contribute to chapters in books related to the project
  • take an interdisciplinary perspective on your research, which in part will involve continued communication between this role and the other three PRF appointments (which will deal with the philosophy of the physics of time; the psychology and neurobiology of time and the metaphysics of time respectively) as well as participation in two of the three international meetings.
  • contribute to a public discussion on the nature of time
  • contribute to administration of the project, possibly including its conferences, outreach, and books.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • completed your PhD in HPS (or a relevant discipline) by the project start date of 1 January, 2013
  • a strong research record in HPS with a promising research trajectory
  • expertise in history and/or philosophy of science, especially relating to the study of time
  • an interdisciplinary perspective.

Desirable for appointment is your:

  • administrative experience, especially in organizing workshops/seminars

This position represents an outstanding opportunity to capitalize on your previous training and advance your research career.

Please note that the start date for this position will be early January 2013.

Remuneration package: $92,604 p.a. (which includes a base salary of $78,252 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

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

CLOSING DATE: 1 March 2012 (11:30pm Sydney time)

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged.

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