Chair of Logic and Rhetoric

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Chair of Logic and Rhetoric

Job Purpose

The University of Glasgow seeks to appoint the historic Chair of Logic and Rhetoric, one of two established professorships in Philosophy. The post-holder will be a specialist in one of the areas of philosophy traditionally associated with the Chair. They will provide academic leadership by conducting internationally-leading research, delivering research-led education, and contributing to School administration as required by the Head of School. The post-holder will lead a research agenda in Philosophy with the specific remit of stimulating collaborative research and external grant applications involving colleagues both within and outside the School.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Lead and engage in research and publication that enhances the quality of the School’s international research profile, including conducting personal research of the highest quality and maintaining a consistently high level output of publications and presentations of world-class quality.

2. Sustain internationally leading high quality research activity, seeking and securing funding for a portfolio of research projects through grant applications to external funding bodies, e.g. Research Councils.

3. Encourage research students of high calibre to undertake doctoral research and supervise them to completion.

4. Supervise research projects undertaken by research staff and postgraduate students and ensure the effective development of the staff and students.

5. Deliver a range of teaching and assessment activity at postgraduate level within the School and subject area.

6. Take a leading role in the design and delivery of postgraduate programmes and courses, including opportunities leading from new research.

7. Develop links with national and international organisations with a view to enhancing research and teaching in the School and in the subject area.

8. Act in a senior role within the School and/or subject area in administrative and other activities as directed by the Head of School.

9. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People - Changing the World. ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> .

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1 A good first degree in subject related area and PhD awarded in a related area.
A2 A comprehensive and up to date knowledge of research issues, both nationally and internationally and future direction of research in subject area. This would include subject specialism in at least one of the areas traditionally associated with the Chair of Logic & Rhetoric, including metaphysics, logic, the philosophies of language, mathematics and science, and their histories A3 A comprehensive and up to date knowledge of subject specialism, in its broadest sense.
A4 An established and sustained reputation for high quality research.
A5 An extensive and sustained track record of publications of world leading quality.


C1 Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage at all levels within subject area. School, College, University, and beyond, in the policy and academic communities.
C2 Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collegiality.
C3 Proven leadership and motivational skills in research and teaching.
C4 Time, project, people and budget management skills.
C5 Ability to integrate into a multi-disciplinary School.
C6 Ability to provide leadership in

D1 Potential to foster collaboration in research with other disciplines and with other Schools in the College and, where appropriate across Colleges.
D2 Ability to provide research leadership in at least one of the areas traditionally associated with the Chair of Logic & Rhetoric, including metaphysics, logic, the philosophies of language, mathematics and science, and their histories.


An established international reputation for research leadership and scholarship in a relevant subject area. Evidence of this will be given by: E1 Significant experience of research leadership and academic leadership and participation within large international collaborations.
E2 Substantial track record of publication through books and through articles in high quality refereed journals and/or in modes and media appropriate to research specialism consistent with the highest standards in research assessments.
E3 Extensive research grant capture and project management experience.
E4 Established track record of successful supervision of research students and staff.
E5 Established track record of international research engagement, for example, previous attendance at international conferences, symposia and holding visiting fellowships at non-UK universities.
E6 A record of successful supervision of research students to doctoral level.

Job Features

Researching and publishing work of the highest quality in peer-reviewed journals and monographs Attendance and delivery of papers at high profile international conferences.

Planning and Organising
Provide leadership and management in strategic planning of research, teaching and administration at all levels within and beyond the subject area, including identification of new initiatives.
Effective organisation skills to initiate and lead research meetings on various scales from small group meetings upwards.
Self-generation of work through innovation and long-term planning in all activities.
Leading role in University/School/subject area planning.
Proactive approach to academic developments and management issues.

Decision Making
Research - objectives, experimental design, grant submission, journal choice, manuscript submission, supervision of research staff, progression of research students.
Teaching leadership/delivery - decisions on degree programmes/course aims/intended learning objectives, syllabuses and schemes of assessment.
Contribute to School/subject area decisions on recruitment, selection, curriculum choice, degree programmes, QAA compliance, etc.

Internal/External Relationships


Vice Principal and Head of College/School for exchanging information relative to input into research / learning and teaching strategy.
Research staff and students to advise and motivate.
Academic colleagues home and abroad for exchanging information for teaching and research strategies.
Academic colleagues within the College/School to lead inter-disciplinary research.
Students for teaching and support.

Grant funding bodies and journals (committees, editorial boards).
Other institutions to act as External Examiner for both undergraduates and postgraduates.

Problem Solving
World class research is a key aspect of this post, including solving research problems at the forefront of the field and the development of new ideas, methods and research projects.
Resolving issues regarding research funding.
Resolving issues arising in pursuit of research objectives.
Assisting research students resolve problems regarding their research.
Assisting postgraduate students to resolve problems regarding their studies.
Resolving issues arising in performance of administrative functions.

Leadership of the research agenda in subject area.

Other Information
Although we welcome applications from candidates with any specialism in the discipline, we are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in one or more of the following strategic research themes traditionally associated with the Chair of Logic & Rhetoric: metaphysics, logic, the philosophies of language, mathematics and science, and their histories.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University’s Research and Teaching Grade, Professor from 63,463 per annum pro rata.

This post is full time and open ended.

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The appointment will be subject to the whole powers and conditions of any Act of Parliament, Ordinances, and Law affecting the University. The appointment is a whole-time appointment, the Professor undertaking to accept paid outside work only with the prior consent of the University Court. This provision does not apply to examinerships and such other appointments as are incidental to the ordinary course of University business.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

Informal enquires should be sent to Dr Ben Colburn, Head of Philosophy. Ben.Colburn [at] Glasgow[.]ac[.]uk

Vacancy ref: 024386; Closing date: 14 May 2019.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity

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