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Job id: 088690. Salary: £51,974 - £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting.

Posted: 29 April 2024. Closing date: 30 May 2024.

Business unit: The Dickson Poon School of Law. Department: Law School.

Contact details: Natalia Davis.

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

About us

King's College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning, in the service of society. We are a multi-faculty institution, providing high-quality teaching, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King's is the fourth oldest university in England, with more than 33,000 students from over 190 countries. Background information about the university including rankings, research outputs and King’s Vision 2029 is available:  About us | About | King’s College London (

The Yeoh Tiong Lay Early Career Fellow will be based at the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law (YTL), within The Dickson Poon School of Law, one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally.  Established in 2013, the Centre holds a reputation as one of the world’s leading centres for the study of legal and political philosophy. Our aim is to illuminate the most pressing questions of our time through the application of rigorous interdisciplinary thought, and to engage policymakers and the wider public in an ongoing conversation on how to create a better society. Our research ranges from more abstract questions, such as those concerning the foundations of freedom and equality, to more applied ones, concerning, for example, the impact of AI or the abuse of human rights.

About the role

The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law (YTL) invites applications for the YTL Early Career Fellowship, a 12-month appointment due to commence in September 2024. The Fellowship provides a valuable development opportunity to an early career researcher with exceptional potential in legal or political philosophical research and scholarship.

During the one-year appointment, the YTL Early Career Fellow will develop their research trajectory, with a view to producing a significant piece/body of high-quality publishable research, participate in academic peer-led events, as well as having the opportunity to develop their teaching experience.

Candidates should have a PhD awarded in the relevant subject area. Candidates will have research expertise in the area of legal and/or political philosophy. Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent communication and presentation skills, and a capacity to foster/contribute to an engaging and supportive research environment.

YTL Early Career Fellow responsibilities will include identifying appropriate grant funding opportunities and collaborating with the Centre Director and/or senior academics in grant application bids. The Early Career Fellow will be encouraged to produce authored and/or co-authored articles and to identify appropriate sources for publication.

Other requirements of the role will include attendance and participation at academic events, including internal workshops and seminars, external conferences and relevant training.

This is a full time post (35 hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract until 31/08/2025.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience: 

Essential criteria

1.      PhD qualified in relevant subject area  

2.      Strong potential to produce high-quality publishable research within peer-reviewed journals. 

3.      Strong potential to develop new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding. 

4.      Experience delivering presentations at conferences and participation in academic peer-led events. 

5.      Excellent oral and written communication skills 

6.      Ability to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to those with limited knowledge and understanding as well as to academic peers 

7.      Commitment to The YTL Centre’s Aims and Values 

Desirable criteria

1.      Experience identifying sources of funding and contributing to the process of securing funds 

2.      Relevant teaching experience in legal or political philosophy 

All applications should include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a CV; and 3) a single-authored article-length writing sample. 

Full details of the role and the skills and experience required, can be found in the attached job description which provided on the next page. 

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's. We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

This role does meet the requirements of the Home Office and therefore we are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who require the right to work in the UK.