Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney

  • 16 Aug 2018
  • 16 Sep 2018
  • University of Sydney

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Reference No. 1598/0818F

  • ·       Work alongside internationally renowned experts in the field
  • ·       Contribute to new developments in the philosophy of law and formal epistemology
  • ·       Full-time, fixed-term position for 16 months, Salary: $73K p.a. to $98K p.a. plus leave loading and generous superannuation contribution

About the opportunity

This position is part of the ARC Discovery Project “Formal Approaches to Legal Reasoning”.  The appointees will work with Chief Investigators Professor Mark Colyvan and Dr Brian Hedden and collaborators to develop a new philosophical approaches to legal reasoning involving decision theory, game theory, probabilistic reasoning, and other formal tools of relevance.

Specific research topics will include:

  • ·       Exploring and developing accounts of purely statistical evidence in criminal trials and how such evidence differs (if it does differ) from more familiar forms of evidence such as eye-witness testimony
  • ·       Looking at rationales for group decision-making in legal settings (e.g. juries and panels of judges) with an eye to recommendations for improving such procedures

The positions will be located in the Department of Philosophy in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 16 September 2018 11.30pm Sydney time.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

For specific enquiries please contact Professor Mark Colyvan or Dr Brian Hedden

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process can be directed to Mohammed Abu Naser on 02 8627 1215 or at

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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