Postdoctoral Research Fellow - AR2074AS
School of History
Vacancy Description
School of History, Salary: £32,548 - £34,520 per annum, Start Date: 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, Fixed: 3 years
Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship to work on the Leverhulme-funded project After the Enlightenment: Scottish intellectual life, 1790-1843.  The post will be held from 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, until 31 August 2021. The Leverhulme project involves the collaboration of Professors Aileen Fyfe, Colin Kidd, Knud Haakonssen and Richard Whatmore, all of whom are members of the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History, within the School of History.

The Leverhulme-funded project ‘After the Enlightenment: Scottish intellectual life, 1790-1843’ will investigate Scottish intellectual culture during the crucial period of transition between Enlightenment and the Victorian period. In light of much new work on the Enlightenment in Scotland the project seeks to understand how intellectual concerns changed within the framework provided by the long-lasting legacy of the thinkers, teachers and institutions of this intellectual culture. Specifically the project aims at understanding the period after the Enlightenment on its own terms, avoiding the teleology of seeing it as a passage towards the Victorian period. We propose to pursue in detail what happened to three of the main pillars of the Scottish Enlightenment: moral philosophy, natural philosophy and religion.

The successful candidate should have a doctorate in some aspect of modern intellectual history (including the history of science), ideally with expertise in late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century Scottish thought and must have experience of working with historical manuscript materials. 

Further information on the University, the School of History and the Institute of Intellectual History can be found at the University website(

To discuss this post informally candidates may wish to contact the Chair of the Appointing Committee, Professor Richard Whatmore (

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Please quote reference: AR2074AS

Closing Date: 9 May 2018

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AR2074AS FPs.doc

School of History
Salary: £32,548 - £34,520 per annum
Start Date: 1 September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed: 3 years