Vacancy: Lecturer in Philosophy (3 Year Contract)


St. Patrick's College, Maynooth

The Pontifical University at St Patrick's College, Maynooth

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is nationally and internationally recognised for the quality and value of its contribution to theological and philosophical learning, scholarship and research since its original foundation as the Catholic National Seminary in 1795. In 1896 it was recognised as a Pontifical University with Faculties of Theology, Canon Law and Philosophy. The College campus is shared with Maynooth University.

Since 2011, all awards accredited by the Pontifical University have been submitted to the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ), the statutory body that recognises academic awards in Ireland.

St Patrick’s College offers undergraduate and postgraduate awards in Philosophy and seeks a Lecturer in Philosophy suitably qualified to teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules and supervise graduate dissertations.

Skills and Experience

Applicants are required to have a Doctorate (PhD) in Philosophy. A successful candidate will also have a Licentiate or Masters in Philosophy or its equivalent. Applicants should also have competence in appropriate ancient and modern languages.

An applicant will be required to have some experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and a capacity to supervise postgraduate dissertations. A willingness to teach, when necessary, on some evenings and on outreach programmes is also expected.

The successful candidate will show evidence of research and publications in Philosophy together with specific future research plans that will contribute to, and enhance the profile of the Faculty of Philosophy.

A candidate should be thoroughly conversant with the history of philosophy and whose research and teaching complement that of the current Faculty. The Faculty also desires a candidate who is committed to the Catholic intellectual tradition with its abiding concern for the fruitful dialogue between faith and reason.

The successful candidate will promote philosophy in the public domain, for example, by organizing and speaking at conferences, hosting visiting lecturers, and by fostering links with other departments of philosophy nationally and internationally.

A candidate should, ideally, have some academic administrative experience and be able to work collaboratively with colleagues on Faculty committees and boards.

The successful candidate will be sympathetic to the mission of the Pontifical University which is dedicated to promoting the dialogue between faith and reason, and which seeks to find and communicate the truth through its educational and scholarly excellence, for the good of the Catholic Church, Irish society, and the wider world.

Applications: Applicants should forward Curriculum Vitae giving details of education, qualifications, experience, research interests, publications and a writing sample.

A covering letter or statement addressing the criteria set out above under ‘Skills and Experience’, and specifically indicating how the candidate’s teaching, research and service will enhance the academic and ecclesial mission of the College.

Applicants should indicate their salary expectations.

The names and addresses of two academic referees, who are acquainted with the applicant’s academic work each of whom may be contacted by the College. A Priest or Religious should also furnish a letter of recommendation from his/her Bishop or Religious Superior.

Closing Date: The latest date for receiving applications is 12th April 2019. All correspondence should be emailed to with the subject reference – LECPHIL. Any queries on the position should be directed to President’ Office – 01 708 3958.

Interview will take place in late April or early May and an appointment may be made at the meeting of the Trustees in June 2019.


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