Vacancy at SSHM: Research Associate for project in population level health ethics

Applications are invited for a full-time 12 month Research Associate post to work on a project extending the capabilities approach to population level health ethics. The post holder will have a strong background in the capabilities approach and health with an interest in measurement and application. The project further extends Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram’s argument for a moral right to the capability to be healthy laid out in Health Justice to population level issues. The post holder will carry out philosophical research in one or more of the project’s four research areas including social responsibility for health capabilities and health equity, personal responsibility for health, health capability measurement versus alternatives, and aggregation issues related to promoting health capabilities.

The post holder will be based at the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King’s College London (Strand Campus) and supervised by the PI on the project, Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram She/He will be responsible for examining issues at the frontier of capabilities theory leading to single or co-authored publications and dissemination of outputs. She/He will also have opportunities to teach on the pioneering MSc in Global Health and Social Justice offered in the department. The post holder will be encouraged to become part of the thriving community of philosophers at King’s and in London involved in pushing forward global justice and health ethics debates. The successful applicant will have demonstrable expertise in the capabilities approach with evidence of ability to undertake substantive applied philosophical research that will contribute to the aims of the project. Experience with health measurement, social statistics, economic cost-benefit analysis or related quantitative disciplines would be advantageous. Equality of opportunity is College policy.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 scale, currently £31,644 to £37,756, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance. This is a fixed term contract for 35 hours/week for 12 months.

Closing date: 07/07/2014

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram at +44 (0)20 7848 1862 or via email at

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