The Faculty operates a Graduate Placement Service which aims to support graduate research students on the job market from the final year of their DPhil until they secure a tenure track / permanent position in philosophy.
The Placement Service is presided over by a member of the Faculty who is appointed as the Placement Officer and administered by the Graduate Studies Assistant.
The Placement Officer provides advice and assistance to the Placement Service users on the preparation of their CV and other application materials, as well as running Practice Job Talk Seminars and Mock Job Interviews.
The Placement Officer for the academic year 2017-18 is Prof Jeff McMahan, assisted by Dr Thomas Sinclair.
The Placement Service will also assist students by holding their references on file and distributing them, at the student’s request, to universities and other academic institutions in support of applications that the student has made. The Placement Officer will also review all letters of reference. In instances in which all the letters in a student’s dossier cannot be used, the Officer will, with the student’s consent, select the strongest ones for submission.
Finally, the Placement Officer normally attends the annual APA Eastern Division meeting to support candidates who wish to enter the US job market. Some limited financial support is made available to students who wish to attend the meeting, and students can also apply to the DGS for modest funds for travel to conferences and workshops.
The Faculty has an outstanding placement record. In 2015-16 alone, Oxford graduates were appointed to posts at the universities of Birmingham, St Andrews, Pittsburgh, and Munich to name a few. A number have also obtained positions within Oxford itself, including an associate professorship and a departmental lectureship. The DPhil Placement Record shows an overview of the Faculty’s placements over the last few years.