Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

Utrecht University,
Utrecht,
Netherlands
November 22, 2014
Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy
January 5, 2015

*Job description*

Utrecht University is looking for a full professor of Theoretical Philosophy as from September 1, 2015. The chair of Theoretical Philosophy is one of the core chairs in philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and is an important point of contact within Utrecht University for questions regarding the foundations of mathematics and philosophy of science.
The professor is to play a key role in structuring the profile of research and education in Theoretical Philosophy. Where research is concerned he/she will focus on one of the sub- sections of Theoretical Philosophy, i.e. metaphysics, philosophy of science, epistemology or logic. In her/his research, the professor is to encompass theoretical philosophy in a broader sense: starting from a his/her own research focus, he/she will relate this research to other areas in (theoretical) philosophy and in other disciplines. Demonstrable affinity with formal methods is a vital part of the profile of the Utrecht research group.

The professor is director of the team of Theoretical Philosophy and participates in the bachelor’s programmes of Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence and in the master’s programme Artificial Intelligence. He/she is to contribute substantially to the research master’s programmes “Philosophy” and “History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities”.
The successful candidate is expected to play an active leading and coordinating role in his/her research group, in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, in the Faculty of Humanities, and in the university as a whole. She/he is also expected to render a significant contribution to the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities.
Finally, the professor is expected to contribute substantially to the administration of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and of the Faculty of Humanities.

*Qualifications*

The successful candidate:
• is an excellent senior researcher with a good grasp of the whole field of Theoretical Philosophy in broad outlines and with a profound knowledge of Theoretical Philosophy in one of the specific areas mentioned above, and with demonstrable affinity with formal methods in Philosophy;
• has shown the ability to set up his or her own innovative line of research, to obtain research grants and to stimulate and supervise young researchers, especially PhD students;
• is capable of international and interdisciplinary cooperation, as shown by various forms of collaboration and publications;
• is a motivating and dedicated teacher who makes use of modern teaching methods and is capable of translating his/her own research projects into a dynamic education environment, and who preferably has experience in teaching abroad;
• is able to engage in, develop and maintain cooperation networks, actively participates in international fora and manages to give his/her research projects and staff members a clear profile at an international level;
• is collaborative and shows the communicative and organisational skills required for the responsibilities entailed in this position; is, in other words, a team player with a clear capacity for leadership and with social skills;
• is able and prepared to teach in Dutch and in English. (Candidates from abroad are expected to master the Dutch language in two years’ time.)

*Offer*

In accordance with the present regulations, the successful candidate is offered a full-time tenure-track appointment for five years, followed by tenure after positive evaluation. The salary is € 5,003 - €7,285 gross per month for a full-time appointment.

*About the organisation*

Utrecht University has a strong ambition regarding quality of teaching and study success. This also holds for the sharp research profiles with respect to four themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth and Institutions. Utrecht University really forms part of society and contributes to answers to the social questions of today and tomorrow.
At the Faculty of Humanities there are about 900 staff members and 7000 students. The Faculty includes four domains of knowledge:
1. Philosophy and religious studies
2. History and history of arts
3. Media and culture studies and languages
4. Literature and communication

With teaching and research in these areas the Faculty wants to contribute to a better understanding of The Netherlands and of Europe in a swiftly changing social and cultural context.
The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment. In addition Utrecht University offers attractive employment conditions.

*Additional information*

Are you interested? Please ask for the profile report from the HR department of the Faculty of Humanities (003130) 2536244 or hr [dot] gw [__at__] uu [dot] nl
For additional information please contact Prof.dr. M. Düwell at m [dot] duwell [__at__] uu [dot] nl

*Apply*

Applications, including a covering letter (with motivation) for this position, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications may be submitted via http://www.uu.nl/EN/informationfor/jobseekers/Pages/vacancies.aspx, until 5 January 2015.
The interviews with candidates will take place by the end of January 2015. The second round in the application procedure is planned for mid-February 2015.
Giving a trial lecture, submitting a research plan, as well as an assessment may form part of the application procedure.

Application should be submitted before 6 January 2015.

Institut für Philosophie, Universität Bern,
Bern,
Switzerland
November 17, 2014
Promotionsstelle
December 15, 2014

Promotionsstelle (Universität Bern)

Im Rahmen des Projekts „Ontology of Musical Works and Analysis of Musical Practices“ (“Ontologie musikalischer Werke und Analyse der Musikpraxis”) ist eine Promotionsstelle für drei Jahre zu vergeben.

Kontext: Das Projekt thematisiert die Metaphysik, insbesondere die Identitätsbedingungen musikalischer Werke. Wie andere Beiträge zur philosophischen Diskussion in diesem Bereich, nehmen wir als Ausgangspunkt die Entwicklung der Standard-Notenschrift im neunzehnten Jahrhundert, rund um und vor allem nach der Zeit Beethovens.
Das Projekt wird am Institut für Philosophie an der Universität Bern durchgeführt und vom Schweizerischen Nationalfonds (SNF) finanziert. Es soll vom Februar 2015 bis zum Januar 2018 dauern. Weitere Projektteilnehmer sind Prof. Dale Jacquette, Dr. Thomas Gartmann und Dr. Marcello Ruta.

Fokus der Dissertation: Der erfolgreiche Bewerber/die erfolgreiche Bewerberin soll systematisch die Metaphysik der Musik und die Identitätsbedingungen für spezifische Werke der Musik erforschen. Es gibt eine beträchtliche Literatur zum Thema in der Ästhetik, der Kunst und insbesondere in der Musikkritik, und das Projekt wird diese Literatur aufnehmen und einen signifikanten Beitrag zur philosophischen Diskussion über die Ontologie von Musikwerken in Bezug auf das Verständnis der Vielfalt der Musikpraxis leisten. Wir planen die Organisation zweier Konferenzen und hoffen, mit den Konferenzbeiträgen mindestens eine Sammlung von Artikeln zu den zentralen Themen des Projekts veröffentlichen zu können. Der Doktorand/die Doktorandin soll nicht nur seine/ihre Dissertation verfassen, sondern auch aktiv an den philosophischen Diskussionen teilnehmen, bei der Organisation von Anlässen mitwirken und bei der Herausgabe des Sammelbandes (oder der Bände) mitarbeiten. Die Arbeitssprache in der Forschung ist Englisch oder Deutsch.

Anforderungen: Wir suchen eine Person (Ph.D. Kandidat/in) mit:

- einem ausgezeichneten Master-Abschluss in Philosophie (der vorliegen muss, sobald die Stelle angetreten wird)
- vielversprechenden Aussichten, innert drei Jahren eine herausragende Dissertation auf dem Gebiet des Projekts vorzulegen
- guten Kenntnissen der analytischen Metaphysik
- ernsthaftem Interesse an der Musik
- der Fähigkeit, formale Werkzeuge in der philosophischen Analyse zu verwenden
- der Bereitschaft und Fähigkeit, sich an der Organisation der Konferenzen und an der Buchherausgabe zu beteiligen

Wir bieten:

- die Möglichkeit, einen Doktortitel in Philosophie in einem international ausgerichteten Forschungskontext
zu erwerben
- die Möglichkeit, eine Vielzahl von forschungsbezogenen Fähigkeiten und Erfahrungen zu gewinnen, insbesondere bei der Mitarbeit an Konferenzorganisationen und der Herausgabe eines Sammelbandes
- die Möglichkeit, Philosophen/-innen kennenzulernen, die in der Forschung über Ästhetik, Philosophie der Kunst und Philosophie der Musik aktiv sind
- attraktive Arbeitsbedingungen in einer sehr kooperativen Forschungsgruppe
- die Möglichkeit, die Agenda des eigenen Forschungsgebiets durch die Mitorganisation von Workshops mitzugestalten

Die Stelle sollte im Februar 2015 angetreten werden, doch es besteht eine gewisse Flexibilität.

Bitte senden Sie folgende Unterlagen (möglichst in elektronischer Form) an uns:

– Motivationsschreiben
– Lebenslauf
– Zeugniskopien
– Arbeitsprobe (15 – 25 Seiten, z.B. Kapitel aus der Masterarbeit)
– ein bis zwei akademische Referenzschreiben (können uns direkt von dritten Personen zugesandt werden)

Bitte schicken Sie Ihre Bewerbung bis am 15.12.2014 an Prof. Dr. Dale Jacquette, Institut für Philosophie,
Universität Bern, Länggassstrasse 49a, CH-3000 Bern, Schweiz, dale [dot] jacquette [__at__] philo [dot] unibe [dot] ch.
Fragen richten Sie bitte ebenfalls an Herrn Jacquette.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung!

Department of Philosophy, University of Bern,
Bern,
Switzerland
November 17, 2014
Ph.D. position
December 15, 2014

Ph.D. position (University of Bern)

A Ph.D. position for three years is available in the project “Ontology of Musical Works and Analysis of Musical Practices”.

Context: The project addresses the metaphysics and especially the identity conditions for musical works. Like other contributors to philosophical discussion in the field, we take as our point of departure the development of standard musical notation in the nineteenth century, roughly around and especially after the time of Beethoven.
The project is based at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bern and funded by the Swiss National Fund (SNF), and will extend from February 2015 through January 2018. Other project participants are Prof. Dale Jacquette, Dr. Thomas Gartmann, and Dr. Marcello Ruta.

Focus of the dissertation: The successful applicant is expected to systematically explore the metaphysics of music and the identity conditions for specific works of music. There is a considerable literature on the subject in aesthetics and art and music criticism, and the project will assimilate and contribute to philosophical discussion about the ontology of musical works in relation to an understanding of the plurality of musical practices. We are budgeted to organize two conferences, from which we hope to edit at least one book of essays on the central topics of the project from conference participants. The Ph.D. student is not only expected to write her/his dissertation, but to participate at philosophical discussions and organization of events, editing of the book(s), and related activities. The working research language is English or German.

We seek a Ph.D. candidate with:

– an excellent master’s degree in philosophy (completed by the date the position is taken up)
– strong promise of completing an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in three years in the project area
– good knowledge of analytic metaphysics
– serious interest in music
– ability to use formal tools in philosophical analysis
– willingness and ability to contribute to organizing the conference and book editing project

We offer:

– opportunity to complete a Ph.D. in philosophy in an internationally oriented research context
– opportunity to gain a variety of research related skills and experiences in helping to organize
conferences in aesthetics and edit the proceedings
– opportunity to meet philosophers active in research in aesthetics, philosophy of art and philosophy
of music
– attractive working conditions in a highly collaborative research group
– possibility of shaping the agenda of one’s specialized research field by co-organizing workshops

Starting date for employment: February 2015 (with some flexibility).

To apply for the position, please send us (preferably electronically):

– a letter of motivation
– your curriculum vitae
– certificates (copies)
– a writing sample (15 – 25 pages, e.g. chapter from the master’s thesis)
– one or two letters of recommendation (which can be sent to us directly by the referees)

Please send your application to Prof. Dr. Dale Jacquette, Department of Philosophy, University of Bern, Unitobler, Länggassstrasse 49A, CH-3000 Bern, Switzerland, dale [dot] jacquette [__at__] philo [dot] unibe [dot] ch.

Deadline: December 15, 2014.

If you have further questions, please contact Dale Jacquette.

We are looking forward to seeing your application!

Institut für Philosophie II, Ruhr-Universtität Bochum,
Bochum,
Germany
November 14, 2014
Assistant Professor: 3 years (plus ev. 3 years): Philosophy of Mind or Cognition
December 15, 2014

JOB at the Research Unit "Philosophy of Mind": Prof. Dr. A. Newen

We are offering a full-time postdoctoral position (comparable to an
assistant professorship), beginning on 1st April 2015, with a limited
tenure of three years, renewable for a further three.

The position is installed to foster the research of young postdocs who
have already proven to be excellent in publications. It offers the
opportunity to develop one’s own research project and research profile
in the area of philosophy of mind, language or cognition. For the
candidate who would later like to continue their career path within the
German system, there will be the possibility to reach the degree of a
"Habilitation". Beside the scientific aspects of this position, there is
also the assignment to teach two courses each semester. Moreover, the
candidate will be asked to engage in some administrative tasks and to
strongly support the organization of the Center for Mind, Brain and
Cognitive Evolution.

The candidate’s research should be connected with some of the current
research projects. This includes a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary
research in the area of philosophy of mind. Part of the job will be also
to support the organization of the Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive
Evolution.

These are some of the current research projects:

Philosophy of mind with the following key aspects:
- Other Minds/Understanding the other
- Self-Consciousness and Theory of Mind
- Animal Cognition: Animals, how rational are they
- Philosophy of Neurosciences

Experimental philosophy: - The attribution of moral behavior

Preferable but not mandatory for this position is a competency in the
area of philosophy of language, e.g. theory of concepts or semantics of
singular terms and propositional attitudes.

Candidates who have evidently engaged in some in-depth research in both
philosophy of mind with very good knowledge in neurosciences and some
expertise in experimental philosophy will be of particular interest for
this vacancy. It will be possible, of course, to establish one’s own
particular area of research.

Requirements: Candidates should have an outstanding PhD in philosophy
and, in the ideal case, an additional degree in psychology, cognitive
science, linguistics, psychiatry or neurosciences. Some substantial
expertise in at least one of these areas will be expected. Furthermore,
the candidate must have teaching experience and at least two papers
published or accepted by peer-reviewed journals according to the
European Science Foundation (ESF-lists).

Application documents: Please send your application to
sekretariat-newen [__at__] rub [dot] de

Your application should consist of three PDF files. The first one is to
include your personal documents: an outline of your own planned research
project of 2 pages, CV, copies of certificates and records, list of your
publications,
talks, conferences you attended and courses you held; names of 2
referees. The other PDF files to be attached should be your best two
publications (must have been published or accepted,
if accepted but not published then add the letter of acceptance of the
journal).

Deadline of application: 15th of December 2014.

For further information, please contact: Prof. Dr. A. Newen
(albert [dot] newen [__at__] rub [dot] de)

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany’s leading research
universities. The University draws its strength from both the diversity
and the proximity of humanities, natural sciences and engineering
disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting
enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries
of academic subjects and faculties.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum is committed to promoting the careers of women
and therefore strongly welcomes applications from female candidates. As
an equal opportunities employer, we also encourage applications from
suitably qualified disabled candidates and other groups.

KU Leuven,
Leuven,
Belgium
November 11, 2014
PhD or Postdoctoral Fellowship in Epistemology
February 15, 2015

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy at KU Leuven invites applications for one full-time position at either doctoral or postdoctoral level as part of a research project on

KNOWLEDGE FIRST VIRTUE EPISTEMOLOGY

which is funded by a KU Leuven OT and an FWO grant (PI: Christoph Kelp) and will run until 2017/18.

DURATION: 3 years (PhD) or 2 years (Postdoc)
STARTING DATE: no later than October 1, 2015.

The candidate will be part of the Leuven Epistemology Group and will work on topics related to the project. (For further information about the project please visit the project website at http://christoph-kelp.com/knowledge-first-virtue-epistemology/)

At present, two postdoctoral researchers and one PhD student are working on the project. Additional hires at doctoral and postdoctoral level are expected.

The members of the research group will work closely together and are expected to actively contribute to the project and to activities at Leuven Epistemology Group and the Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy.

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APPLICATIONS: PHD LEVEL

Qualifications
The candidate must have obtained a master’s level degree in philosophy before taking up the position

Application materials
Candidates are requested to submit the following application materials to christoph [dot] kelp [__at__] hiw [dot] kuleuven [dot] be

* a cover letter
* a CV
* all available transcripts of grades
* a recent writing sample in epistemology
* two letters of recommendation (sent independently to the above email address by the referees)

Only electronic applications will be considered.

APPLICATIONS: POSTDOCTORAL LEVEL

Qualifications
* A PhD in philosophy
* Area of Specialisation: Epistemology (preferably: virtue epistemology and/or knowledge first epistemology)

Application Materials
Candidates are requested to submit the following application materials to christoph [dot] kelp [__at__] hiw [dot] kuleuven [dot] be

* a cover letter
* a CV
* a research proposal on a topic related to the project (max. 1000 words)
* a recent writing sample in epistemology
* two letters of recommendation (sent independently to the above email address by the referees)

Only electronic applications will be considered.

THE RESEARCH UNIT AND GROUP

The Centre for Logic and Analytic Philosophy (CLAW) is one of five research units in philosophy at KU Leuven. At present it counts 7 senior members of staff, 6 postdocs and 6 PhD students among its members. The Centre hosts a bi-weekly research seminar and various workshops and conferences. For more information, please visit CLAW’s website at http://hiw.kuleuven.be/claw

The Leuven Epistemology Group (LEG) is a growing research group within CLAW. At present it has has eight members: 3 senior members of staff, four postdocs and one PhD student. LEG hosts a bi-weekly research seminar and various conferences and workshops. For more information please visit LEG’s website at http://christoph.kelp.com/leg

Universität Luzern, Theologische Fakultät,
Luzern,
Switzerland
October 22, 2014
ordentliche Professur für Philosophie (60-80%)
November 26, 2014

An der Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Luzern ist zum 1. August 2015 eine unbefristete
Ordentliche Professur für Philosophie (60-80%)
zu besetzen. Die Theologische Fakultät bietet verschiedene anerkannte Ausbildungsgänge im theologischen Bereich an und engagiert sich in der interdisziplinären und fakultätsübergreifenden Zusammenarbeit.
Die ausgeschriebene Professur ist der Theologischen Fakultät zugeordnet. Der Schwerpunkt dieser Professur liegt im systematisch-theoretischen und im historischen Bereich (insbesondere Erkenntnislehre, Metaphysik, Religionsphilosophie). In der Lehre soll der/die Bewerber/-in interfakultär im Fach Philosophie der Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät mitwirken. Eine Mitarbeit im Fernstudium Theologie wird erwartet, wobei ein Lehrangebot in englischer Sprache zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt geplant ist.
Bewerber/innen sollen in den genannten Gebieten durch herausragende wissenschaftliche Qualitäten und pädagogische Eignung ausgewiesen sein. Promotion und Habilitation in Philosophie oder eine der Habilitation gleichwertige Qualifikation werden vorausgesetzt. Wünschenswert ist zudem ein qualifizierter Abschluss in Katholischer Theologie.
Die Universität Luzern strebt einen höheren Anteil von Frauen in Wissenschaft und Lehre an und fordert deshalb qualifizierte Frauen ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung auf.
Bewerber/innen mit Behinderung werden bei gleicher Eignung bevorzugt berücksichtigt.
Die Einstellungsbedingungen richten sich nach den Anstellungsbedingungen des Kantons Luzern.
Auskunft erteilt der Dekan der Theologischen Fakultät, Prof. Dr. Martin Mark (martin [dot] mark [__at__] unilu [dot] ch).
Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Lebenslauf, akademische Zeugnisse, akademische Lehrtätigkeit, hochschuldidaktische Nachweise, Publikationsverzeichnis) senden Sie bitte sowohl in schriftlicher (schriftliche Unterlagen werden nicht zurückgeschickt, daher senden Sie bitte keine Originale) als auch elektronischer (CD) Form bis zum 26. November 2014 an das Dekanat der Theologischen Fakultät, Universität Luzern, Frohburgstrasse 3, Postfach 4466, CH-6002 Luzern.

University of Cologne,
Cologne,
Germany
October 2, 2014
PhD Scholarship in Philosophy of Cognitive Science
November 1, 2014

PHD SCHOLARSHIP IN PHILOSOPHY OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE, GERMANY

The University of Cologne (Germany) offers a doctoral scholarship in the philosophy of cognitive science. The candidate is expected to develop a dissertation within the project “Causal Relations in Neuroscientific Explanations” led by Dr Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (Cologne). This project is part of the joint project “Causation and Computation in Cognitive Neuroscience” led by Prof. Oron Shagrir (Jerusalem), Prof. Jens Harbecke (Witten/Herdecke), and Dr Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (Cologne), funded by the German-Israeli Foundation (GIF). For more details on the project, please visit our preliminary project website: http://www.jensharbecke.com/8.html

The scholarship recipient will be funded for up to three years starting in January 2015 (or later). The grant amounts to 1400 Euro per month in the first year, 1450 Euro in the second, and 1500 Euro in the third.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE
- an excellent Master's degree in philosophy, cognitive science, or a related discipline
- very good writing and presentation skills in English; knowledge of the German language is an advantage, but not mandatory
- an affinity with interdisciplinary research
- an interest in organizing and participating in conferences, workshops and smaller meetings

APPLICATION
Your application should include a letter of motivation, your CV with at least two addresses of potential referees, academic certificates (transcript of records), and a short text (max. 600 words) explaining your vision on the topic of the project and reflecting on philosophical questions that you consider important in the study.

The University of Cologne is particularly interested in applications from female candidates for this position and therefore strongly encourages women to apply. Applications from disabled candidates will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Please send all documents as a single pdf file to Dr Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (vera [dot] hoffmann-kolss [__at__] uni-koeln [dot] de ) by November 1, 2014.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Candidates interested in this position should also consider applying for the position in the sub-project led by Prof. Harbecke.
For more information please contact Prof. Harbecke (jens [dot] harbecke [__at__] uni-wh [dot] de ).

Witten/Herdecke University,
Witten,
Germany
October 2, 2014
PhD Scholarship in Philosophy of Cognitive Science
November 1, 2014

PHD SCHOLARSHIP IN PHILOSOPHY OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE AT WITTEN/HERDECKE UNIVERSITY, GERMANY

Witten/Herdecke University (Germany) offers a doctoral scholarship in the philosophy of cognitive science. The candidate is expected to develop a dissertation within the project “Levels: mechanistic, organizational, mereological” led by Prof. Jens Harbecke (Witten/Herdecke). This project is part of the joint project “Causation and Computation in Cognitive Neuroscience” led by Prof. Oron Shagrir (Jerusalem, Israel), Prof. Jens Harbecke (Witten/Herdecke), and Dr Vera Hoffmann-Kolss (Cologne, Germany), funded by the German-Israeli Foundation (GIF). For more details on the project, please visit our preliminary website: http://www.jensharbecke.com/8.html

The scholarship recipient will be funded for up to three years starting in January 2015 (or shortly afterwards). The grant amounts to 1400 Euro per month in the first year, 1450 Euro in the second, and 1500 Euro in the third.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE
- an excellent Master's degree in philosophy, cognitive science, or a related discipline
- very good writing and presentation skills in English; knowledge of the German language is an advantage, but not mandatory
- an affinity with interdisciplinary research
- an interest in organizing of, and participating in, conferences and workshops

APPLICATION
Your application should include a letter of motivation, your CV with at least two addresses of potential referees, academic certificates (transcript of records), and a short text (max. 600 words) explaining your vision on the topic of the project and reflecting on philosophical questions that you consider important in the study.

Witten/Herdecke University explicitly supports diversity. Therefore, we specifically encourage women to apply for this scholarship.
Please send all documents as a single pdf file to Prof. Jens Harbecke (jens [dot] harbecke [__at__] uni-wh [dot] de ) by 1 November 2014.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Candidates interested in this position should also consider applying for the PhD-scholarship within the sub-project led by Dr Hoffmann-Kolss.
For more information please contact Dr Hoffmann-Kolss (vera [dot] hoffman-kolss [__at__] uni-koeln [dot] de).

KU Leuven,
Leuven,
Belgium
September 18, 2014
PhD Fellowship in Philosophy of Art on Architectural Theory (KU Leuven)
November 30, 2014

The Centre for Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Culture of KU Leuven's Institute of Philosophy and the Faculty of Architecture of KU Leuven welcomes applicants for one fully-funded two-year PhD-Fellowship, renewable for a second period of two years, in Philosophy of Art on Architectural Theory. The PhD-fellow will work in the research context of the Centre for Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Culture (KU Leuven's Institute of Philosophy) and the research group Architectural Cultures of the Recent Past (KU Leuven's Faculty of Architecture).

The project for which the funding is available aims to develop an analysis of the connection between religious and philosophical concepts and the theoretical discourse on architectural modernism from the period 1945-1970. The project situates itself on the crossroads between intellectual/art history, philosophy and theology. It has both a historiographical and a conceptual aim. The fellowship is part of the project Apocryphal and Apostolic Modernism. Forgotten Connections between religion and architectural modernism, 1945-1970, funded by the Research Fund KU Leuven. The successful applicant will write a PhD-dissertation within the overarching theme of aesthetics and architectural theory. The project is chaired by Prof. Stéphane Symons and by Prof. Rajesh Heynickx.

Start date: 1 February 2015 or as soon as possible.

We are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:

• The motivation to pursue creative work in aesthetics and architectural theory;
• An explicit interest in the following research questions; In what way has religious thinking, mostly of Catholic origin, influenced the theoretical discourse on architectural modernism? and In what way did non-religious, philosophical and aesthetic concepts influence the theoretical discourse on religious architecture?
• An MA (or equivalent) in Philosophy, Art History, Intellectual History, Cultural History, Architecture or Theology and academic distinction;
• The ability to present research results at conferences, and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
• The ability to play an active role in the research group (including its seminars);
• An excellent command of English; proficiency in French and/or German; a willingness to learn Dutch is a plus;

Enthusiastic and cooperative persons meeting these criteria are kindly invited to apply online according to the instructions given at http://www.kuleuven.be/vacatures. Include a cover letter, a CV, the names of two referees whom we might approach prior to appointment, and a sample piece of writing not exceeding 12.000 words (e.g. an MA thesis chapter). The deadline for applications is 30 November 2014. We will hold interviews with selected candidates soon thereafter. In preparation of the interview selected candidates will be given a short research assignment to assess their research skills.

The successful candidate will be required to carry out minor educational responsibilities and provide minor research assistance to both supervisors. S/he will become part of a dynamic and young group of scholars consisting of 8 professors, 4 postdoctoral fellows and twenty PhD students. The working language is English. The recipient of the fellowship is expected to live in Leuven or its immediate vicinity (Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent) and to work from the office.

Interested?
For further information, you can contact the project's supervisors, Prof. Dr. Symons at stephane [dot] symons [__at__] hiw [dot] kuleuven [dot] be and Prof. Dr. Heynickx at rajesh [dot] heynickx [__at__] kuleuven [dot] be.

You can apply for this job no later than November 30, 2014 via the online application tool
https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/53097220

Foundational Research Institute,
Basel,
Switzerland
September 13, 2014
Research fellow - Animal ethics, artificial intelligence, anthropic reasoning, and/or public policy

The Foundational Research Institute ( http://foundational-research.org/ ) is a new nonprofit research organization devoted to reducing suffering in humanity’s future. We combine insights from artificial intelligence, technology, anthropic reasoning, international relations, sociology, public policy, ethics, animal welfare, and many other disciplines.

We’re looking for a research fellow or intern who will explore one or more of our topics of focus -- drawing connections between academic insights and their implications for altruism and reducing suffering. Here is a list of sample topics that we find important: http://foundational-research.org/open-research-questions/ We expect the research fellow/intern to publish in suitable venues, which may include academic journals, popular media websites, and/or on our organization’s own website.

The research fellow/intern should be self-directed and pursue topics mostly on his/her own, from idea generation through publication. Prior experience publishing papers is a plus.

The position is open to start at any time, depending on when we find a suitable candidate. While we are based in Basel, Switzerland and Albany, New York, USA, there is no requirement on location or working schedule; you may work from home and meet with us remotely online. Compensation will be comparable with that of other start-up nonprofit organizations.

If interested, please briefly tell us about yourself, why you’re interested in us, and what topics you would like to pursue.