Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Osnabrück,
Bochum or Osnabrück,
January 18, 2017
12 PhD positions in Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Psychology, or Neuroscience
February 14, 2017

The interdisciplinary Research Training (RTG) Group Situated Cognition, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), invites applications for

12 Ph.D. positions (salary scale TV-L E 13, 65%; including social benefits)

for a three-year structured PhD program.

For details see:

The program and all positions will commence June 1st, 2017. The RTG is based at the Department of Philosophy II and the Faculty of Psychology at Ruhr-University Bochum as well as at the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Philosophy at Osnabrück University.

All PhD positions are essentially interdisciplinary with an emphasis on one of the subjects involved, i.e. philosophical theory formation, experimental psychology or neuroscience (see PhD Projects). Applicants have to apply for one of the suggested projects (max. two with indication of preference). In addition, we invite applicants to submit their own original project proposal in one of the theoretical areas, as long as the proposal fits the RTG’s guiding idea. Information about the guiding ideas of the RTG and the PhD projects, can be found here: Home

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 14th, 2017
Required qualifications:

Theoretical projects:
Candidates applying for or suggesting a theoretical project are expected to have an excellent M.A., M.Sc. (or Staatsexamen degree) in Philosophy or Cognitive Science. They should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Action, or Philosophy of Perception. Furthermore, we expect advanced knowledge in at least one of the following areas: Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Biology, Artificial Intelligence, or Neuroscience.

Empirical projects:
Candidates applying for an empirical project are expected to have an excellent M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, or in an equivalent field. Candidates have to prove that she/he is able to work out one of the empirical projects (see PhD Projects).

Applications should include the usual documents, i.e.:

application form
a letter of motivation including the applicant’s research interests and motivation to work within the RTG: this should include a selection of one (or two) PhD Projects
curriculum vitae
copies of certificates
writing sample: the core chapter of the Diploma/Master thesis or preferably one relevant publication (if available)
optional: an outline of an original theoretical project which fits into the RTG’s framework (see PhD Projects and the websites of the PIs)

Please send all the required documents in a single PDF file, except for the writing sample which should be contained in a separate PDF file.

As certified family-friendly institutions, Osnabrück University and Ruhr-University Bochum are committed to furthering the compatibility between work/studies and family life.

Osnabrück University and Ruhr-University Bochum are highly committed equal opportunity employers and strive to work towards a gender balance in schools or departments where new appointments are made

Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be favored.

Applications and inquiries should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Speaker RTG
Ruhr University of Bochum
email: RTG-SituatedCognition [__at__] rub [dot] de

University of Twente,
December 20, 2016
Postdoctoral researcher in Ethics, Well- Being and Data Science (3 years)
January 29, 2017

NEWEL project - The New Science of Existential Well-being:
Concepts, Ethics and Responsible Algorithms
University of Twente
The position is part of the project 'NEWEL - The New Science of Existential Well-being:
Concepts, Ethics and Responsible Algorithms,' which is jointly funded by Ahold Delhaize
and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), which also includes
researchers in data science and analytics, artificial intelligence, and economics.
The NEWEL Project
The NEWEL research agenda will
1. explore the need, relevance and justness of focusing on well-being in organizations
and organizational decision-making, also compared to achieving other objectives
within organizations;
2. explore key drivers of current and future aspects of work-related well-being, including
identification of long-term effectiveness of interventions to increase well-being within
organizations and core ethical guidelines for sustainable well-being policies, and
3. explore the ethics of using technology in gathering, processing and data driven
decision making on well-being in organizations.
Envisaged tangible outcomes of the project include guidelines for using big data and well-
being data in organizations to inform policy as well as software prototypes for analysing
work-related survey and theoretical and empirical contributions on the relationship between
employee well-being and organizational performance.
Within the NEWEL project, the work will focus on algorithms and ethics of data-driven well-
being interventions. The people on this project will be based at different academic locations
and the team as a whole will have regular meetings at Ahold Delhaize’s Zaandam offices.
Your profile
Position: Ethics of Big Data and Data Driven Well Being Interventions in Organizations
(Postdoc in Ethics)
The postdoctoral researcher is expected to contribute primarily to the third research line:
explore the ethics of using technology in gathering, processing and data driven decision making on well-being in organizations. In particular, the postdoc will explore how to
responsibly gather, analyze and interpret big data, especially related to employee behavior
and well-being. In addition, he/she will explore the need, relevance, and justness of focusing
on employee well-being in organizational decision-making, also compared to achieving other
values and objectives within organizations. For what subtypes of organizations is the pursuit
of employee well-being needed, relevant and justifiable for different groups of employees?
What kind of role work plays in the life of people and how important it is for individual well-
being or satisfaction with life as a whole, also compared to other values and goals in life?
Which questions to emphasize the most will be decided together with the other research
partners and in line with the candidates prior experience and expertise.
You hold a PhD (or will acquire one by the time of appointment) in philosophy or related
disciplines with a significant ethics component, preferably with a specialization in philosophy
and ethics of well-being, ethics of big data and/or organizational ethics. You have a track
record of relevant publications in peer-reviewed, international journals, and have relevant
international experience. You are willing and able to collaborate with researchers in the field
of big data analytics, and you preferably have experience working with social scientists. You
have an excellent command of the English language. You have good analytical skills, are
creative, open-minded and possess the ability to develop new ideas. You have good
communication skills and are a good team player. You are prepared to move to the
Netherlands, to the region where the University of Twente is located.
You are expected to produce (or strongly contribute towards) the following deliverables:
 4 peer-reviewed journal papers, in addition to professional papers, on
Philosophy/Ethics of Individual Well-Being in Organizations;
 Help organize workshop for stakeholders in academia, business and public policy;
 Write paper on ethics of collection and analysis of Big Data within organizations with
a specific focus on well-being data.
Further information
Location: This position is based at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente
Contact: Prof. Philip Brey T: +31 (0)53 489 4426 (p [dot] a [dot] e [dot] brey [__at__] utwente [dot] nl)
Our offer
You are appointed postdoc (full-time) for a period of three years. Your office and
appointment will be at the Philosophy Department at UT, but you are also expected to work
closely with Ahold Delhaize researchers. The terms of employment are in accordance with
the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO). Depending on relevant
background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full time basis ranges from € 3,312
up to a maximum of € 3,555. Starting date is April 1st, 2017 (earlier or later date negotiable).
Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and an
8.3% end-of-year bonus. We offer excellent auxiliary terms of employment, such as
professional and personal development programs; a secondary remuneration package; a dynamic environment with enthusiastic colleagues; an organization focusing on
internationalization and a high degree of responsibility and independence.
Job application
Your application should include the following documents:
 a cover letter which explains your interest in the position and your qualifications for
 a curriculum vitae which includes the name and e-mail address/telephone number for
at least two references;
 a writing sample (preferably a published article related to the postdoc area);
 a summary and table of contents of your dissertation (or the entire dissertation).
Applications (including curriculum vitae, list of publications) should be uploaded via The application deadline is 29 January 2017. Interviews will
be held early February. Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please
combine documents if needed.
Starting date is April 1st, 2017 (earlier or later date negotiable).
About the University of Twente
We stand for science and technology, high tech, human touch, education and research that
matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The
University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five
faculties we provide more than fifty educational programs. The University of Twente has a
strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying
out pioneering research. The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
strives to hold a leading position in their fields in relation to the science and technology
research programs of the University of Twente. In all these fields, the faculty provides
bachelor, master and professional development programs.
The department of philosophy The department of philosophy at the University of Twente
( is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of
technology. At a recent research evaluation of philosophy programs in the Netherlands, it
ranked highest in the area of ethics and practical philosophy. The department currently
includes eight tenured/tenure-track staff members, three postdocs, ten PhD students, and
several part-time faculty. The department participates in and directs the interuniversity
4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology ( Both the department
and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many
different nationalities. The department's research has a strong focus on ethics of emerging
technologies (including ICT and robotics, biomedical and neurotechnologies and
environmental technologies), and the philosophy and ethics of human-technology relations,
amongst other topics.
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS) of the University o of
Twente strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating
innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. Through 'social engineering' these technological advances are embedded in society befitting human needs and
behaviour, within proper public and private management and business structures. For this the
faculty of BMS upholds high quality disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business
administration, public administration, communication science, philosophy, educational
science and health sciences. All with a focus on the challenges in society. Research is
strongly connected to our Institutes on Governance (IGS), ICT (CTIT), Health (MIRA) and
Nanotechnology (MESA+).

Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Leibniz Universität Hannover,
December 1, 2016
Research Assistant (PhD Candidate, Philosophy of Biology)
December 31, 2016

The Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS, invites applications for a position of

Research Assistant (PhD Candidate, Philosophy of Biology)

(salary scale E-13 TV-L, 65% FTE, tenable for three years) to be appointed on February 1st, 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Responsibilities and duties: The Research Assistant will conduct research on the ontology of Genome Edited Organisms (GEOs) with a view of providing ontological foundations for legislation regarding GEOs. The research is expected to lead to a PhD dissertation, written under the supervision of Professor Thomas Reydon. The research will be conducted in the context of the project Legal Issues of Genome Editing in Plants and Animals, which is part of the cooperative project Ethical, Legal and Socio-Economic Aspects of Genome Editing in Agriculture (ELSA-GEA), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). A brief project description can be downloaded from

Employment conditions: To qualify for the position, applicants should hold a degree in philosophy, philosophy of science, or other relevant field, with special emphasis on the philosophy of the life sciences. Knowledge in the areas of ontology / formal ontologies, genome editing technologies, as well as the legal and regulatory aspects of genetic modification technologies is desirable.

Part-time employment is possible. As an equal opportunities employer, Leibniz Universität Hannover intends to promote women and men in the context of statutory requirements. For this reason suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment.

For further information please contact Professor Thomas Reydon by email. The deadline for applications is December 31st, 2016. Please send your application (cover letter, CV with list of publications and presentations, one writing sample) by email to CELLS / Institute of Philosophy, Prof. Thomas Reydon (reydon [__at__] ww [dot] uni-hannover [dot] de).

Durham University ,
Durham ,
United Kingdom
November 10, 2016
Lecturer In Post-Kantian European Philosophy
November 20, 2016

The Department of Philosophy seeks to appoint a non-fixed-term full-time lecturer. His/her principal research interests will be in post-Kantian European philosophy, and they will be able to provide high quality research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that area. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the vibrant research culture of the Department and will also take on administrative responsibilities.

Durham University ,
Durham ,
United Kingdom
November 10, 2016
Lecturer in Philosophy
November 20, 2016

The Department of Philosophy seeks to appoint two non-fixed-term full-time lecturers. Their principal research interests will be in ethics (including applied or professional ethics), political philosophy or philosophy of public policy, and they will be able to provide high quality research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in one of these areas. The successful applicants will be expected to contribute to the vibrant research culture of the Department and will also take on administrative responsibilities.

Higher School of Economics, School of Philosophy,
November 9, 2016
Assistant professor in Philosophy
December 2, 2016

The School of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanitiesof the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia invites applications for full-time, tenure-track positions of Assistant Professor inPhilosophy of Science / Epistemology.Knowledge of Russian is not required as teaching and research are both conducted in English.

About HSE
The HSE is a young, dynamic, fast-growing Russian researchuniversity. Over the past twenty years, the HSE has become one of Russia's largest universities in the fields of economics, social sciences and humanities, and has earned the reputation of a national leader in higher education. One of its unique features has been its direct involvement in socioeconomic reforms in Russia, which has allowed HSE to develop as a “project and research university” where education, fundamental and applied research, and "think tank" activities are combined for the comprehensive development of society. Committed to high-quality research, HSE now has a considerable number of international research laboratories, led by eminent professors from all over the world; more such laboratories were opened in 2016.

Candidates must hold a recent Ph.D. in philosophy with AOS in Philosophy of Science / Epistemology or related fields, or to be in receipt of the PhD before the starting date of the contract. The successful candidate is expected to conduct high-quality research publishable in reputable peer-reviewed journals with research support provided by the University. The appointments will be made for three years in the first instance, starting in September 2017, with reviews of teaching and research during the third year.

The salary is competitive, indexed to inflation annually, and subject to a 13% flat income tax. The university offers health insurance (free of charge), language assistance, and other social benefits; travel support and other research assistance are generous. Since we have heavy emphasis placed on high quality research, the teaching load of newly hired faculty is relatively low and service is minimal.

Application and Interviews
Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest, a recent research paper and at least 2 letters of reference via online application form.

The deadline for accepting application materials is December 02, 2016.

More information about the university is available at the,

University of Bern, Institute of Philosophy,
October 5, 2016
Two Ph.D. positions
October 31, 2016

Two Ph.D. positions in Philosophy (University of Bern)
“The conceptual space of the affective mind”

The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Bern invites applications for two PhD scholarships lasting for three years. These scholarships are linked to the project “The conceptual space of the affective mind”, led by Dr. Kevin Reuter and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). The aim of the project is to advance our understanding of affective states like pains and emotions.
Focus of the dissertations: Using an experimental-­philosophical approach, the project will (a) explore various theories of pain and theories of emotion, (b) study whether these theories are empirically adequate by devising vignettes to test people's intuitions about pains and emotions;(c) investigate people's use of pain and emotion language by analyzing linguistic corpora;(d) develop and test various hypotheses in regards to the influence of normative considerations on people's concepts of pain and emotion. Successful applicants will be expected to write their Ph.D. thesis either on the conception of pain or the conception of emotions and to fully participate in the project’s goals, including the experimental parts. Previous experience with experimental methods is, however, not required. More information:­mind-­project.html

We seek Ph.D. candidates with:
– an excellent Master’s degree in philosophy, psychology or other related field (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 theories of emotions and/or theories of pain
– serious interest in carrying out experimental studies, e.g. surveys on online platforms and analysis of linguistic corpora
– willingness and ability to contribute to organizing conferences

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
– 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: December 2016 (with some flexibility).

To apply for one of the positions, please send the following documents to Dr. Kevin Reuter, kevin [dot] reuter [__at__] philo [dot] unibe [dot] ch.
– 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)

Deadline: October 31, 2016.

If you have further questions, please contact Kevin Reuter.

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences,
Czech Republic
September 23, 2016
3 positions for postdoctoral or early career researchers in philosophy
October 31, 2016

The Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague is seeking to appoint

3 positions for postdoctoral or early career researchers in philosophy

The positions will be associated with Professor Ladislav Kvasz's research project "Formal epistemology – the next synthesis" (see the attached project bellow) funded by the Czech Academy of Sciences. The project is scheduled for 6 years, which is also the maximum duration of the appointments. The positions are differentiated according to three subject areas:

1) The first position will be devoted to the historical and philosophical study of the formalization of logic, focusing on the contribution of Gottlob Frege. Formal logic was one of the most successful examples of formalization of a (formerly) philosophical discipline. We want to understand more deeply what made this formalization possible, how it unfolded, and whether the pattern of this formalization can also be applied in epistemology.

2) The second position will be reserved for the study of the contemporary attempts at developing a formal epistemology. At present there are several groups working in this area. One of the aims of the grant team will be to establish cooperation and exchange of ideas with these groups, to map the current research in formal epistemology and to find ways of integrating the project into that research.

3) The third position will be devoted to the study of the epistemology actually employed in physical research, focusing on crucial historical episodes that are well understood from the historical point of view, preferably on Newton's or Maxwell's work, rather than on contemporary physics. The crucial question is how the actual practice of gaining new scientific knowledge in physics relates to the epistemological debates in philosophy (of a prior, contemporary or later period).

We are looking for candidates who hold a PhD degree in logic, epistemology, philosophy of science or related disciplines (obtained after January 1, 2011) with a relevant research background, strong motivation for research, and competence to carry out both independent and collaborative research. The starting date for the appointments is January 1, 2017. The positions are offered for two years, with a possible extension of up to six years on the basis of research performance and with respect to the priorities of the project. The salaries will be 42 000 CZK gross/month.

For questions and further information please contact Prof. Ladislav Kvasz, the principal investigator of the research project, by e-mail at kvasz [__at__] flu [dot] cas [dot] cz but do not submit applications via this address.

Please submit your application by e-mail by October 15, 2016 to the address fep [__at__] flu [dot] cas [dot] cz. Your application should include: CV with a list of publications and specification of language skills; a short summary of your past research (up to 400 words); and a motivational letter, including description of research plans in one of the three subject areas mentioned above (up to 400 words).

Two confidential letters of reference should be sent directly by their authors to the e-mail address fep [__at__] flu [dot] cas [dot] cz by October 31, 2016.

The Institute of Philosophy is an equal opportunity employer.

Princeton University - University Center for Human Values,
September 7, 2016
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow
October 31, 2016

The University Center for Human Values invites applications for Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships for the academic year 2017-18. Fellows devote an academic year in residence at Princeton to research and writing about topics involving human values in public and private life. The program is open to scholars in all disciplines provided their research plans qualify. In recent years fellows have been drawn from fields including philosophy, political theory, literature, history, classics, economics and law, but this list is not meant to be exhaustive.
Fellows are expected to reside in or around Princeton and to be active contributors to the intellectual life of the Center. This includes participating in a weekly seminar attended by fellows and Center faculty to discuss work in progress and in various other seminars, colloquia and lectures sponsored by the Center. Fellows enjoy access to Firestone Library and to a wide range of activities throughout the University.
Candidates should have a doctorate or equivalent professional degree and a strong record of research publications appropriate to their career stage. Typically Fellows hold faculty positions at other universities or colleges; in exceptional cases we consider applications from independent scholars when there is a high level of scholarly achievement. This is not a post-doctoral fellowship program and we do not generally consider candidates who will have held the Ph.D. for less than two years at the time of appointment.
The fellowship period extends from September 1 to July 1. Fellows normally receive stipends of up to one-half their academic-year salaries (subject to a minimum and maximum set each fall). Ordinarily their home institutions provide a portion of their salaries in addition to all benefits, although this is not a requirement for appointment. Stipends for independent scholars will not exceed the maximum for fellows holding appointments elsewhere.
The main considerations in the evaluation of applications are the following:
• The significance of the proposed research and its relevance to the purposes of the University Center for Human Values (see for more information);
• The quality of a candidate’s previous research and the contribution the candidate is likely to make in the future through teaching and writing;
• The likelihood that the research would benefit from being conducted in the University Center environment.

Candidates should submit an online application at Search for requisition number #1600504. The following materials will be required:
1. A curriculum vitae;
2. A scholarly paper (of no more than about 12,000 words) written in the past three years;
3. A statement (of no more than 1,500 words) describing the proposed research project and including a brief working title for the project; and
4. Contact information for three referees, including at least one who was not a graduate advisor. Referees will be contacted directly with instructions for uploading letters of reference.
These materials should be submitted online by Monday, October 31, 2016. We do not accept application materials by any other method. Letters of reference are to be submitted by November 3. The selection committee begins reviewing applications immediately and incomplete applications may be at a disadvantage. Decisions are expected to be announced by March 1, 2017.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

International Academy of Philosophy (IAP),
August 26, 2016
Three Doctoral Fellowships
September 30, 2016

Die Internationale Akademie für Philosophie im Fürstentum Liechtenstein ( schreibt aus: ​

​Drei Promotionsstipendien (Doktoratsstipendien) im Projekt "Die Offenheit des Universums für Willensfreiheit und göttliche Eingriffe" für Promotionsvorhaben im Bereich Religionsphilosophie oder Metaphysik.

​Laufzeit: 2017–2019.

​Dotierung: 2.250 SFr monatlich plus Studiengebühr.

​Bewerbungsfrist: 30.9.2016.

​Informationen unter