Two Postdoctoral Research Associates at UCL




Research Associate (Post-Doctoral) x 2




Grade                                                   7


Post/ Hours per week (%FTE)             2 Full-time posts / (at 36.5 hours per week)


Salary                                                   £32,375 – £39,132 per annum inclusive of London allowance (starting salary at £32,375 per annum)



Duties and Responsibilities

The School of Public Policy, UCL wishes to appoint two full-time Postdoctoral Research Associates to work with Professor Cécile Laborde on an ERC (European Research Council) funded research project entitled ‘Is Religion Special? Secularism and Religion in Contemporary Legal and Political Theory’. This 5-year-long project interrogates the special status of religion (ethics, epistemology and practices) in western political and legal theory, and assesses the normative implications of the contemporary shift towards ‘post-secular’ approaches for the relationship between politics and religion.


The successful candidates will be undertaking research duties in connection with the project; and pursue their own research in one of the following areas: (i) the intellectual history of politics and religion (ii) religion in legal theory (iii) secularism in political philosophy.


Please note that one post will be for 2 years and the other for 3 years. These full-time appointments are available from 1st September 2013.


Key Requirements

To be appointed as a Research Associate the successful candidates must hold (or be near completion of) a PhD in political philosophy, law, intellectual history or a related subject; have a broad knowledge of Theories of Religion and Politics and a good research project; and experience of planning and conducting academic research independently. They must also possess excellent writing, communication and organisational skills.


Candidates who have not yet completed a PhD will be considered. Please note that appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6 (salary £28,338 – £29,881 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.



Further Details

Information about the Department of Political Science is available at A job description and person specification are attached.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Cécile Laborde ( ). If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Sydonnie Hyman, email , tel +44 (0)20 7679 4944 quoting reference number 1308895.


Closing Date:  5pm, 31st March 2013


It is anticipated that interviews will be held in April 2013.



Professor Cecile Laborde

Director, Legal and Political Theory Programme

Department of Political Science

School of Public Policy


29/30 Tavistock Square

London WC1H 9QU

Tel +442076794945

Fax +442076794969

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