Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

KU Leuven,
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 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.

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

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

The Foundational Research Institute ( ) 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: 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.

Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology,
August 26, 2014
3-Year Ph positions
September 12, 2014

A call is out for 6 fully funded PhD positions in the programme "Philosophy, Epistemology, and Cultural History" (University of Cagliari, Italy). Each successful applicant will obtain a full tuition waiver and a 3-year scholarship (about 1000 euros/month). Please observe that:

- Despite the name of the programme, we are also welcoming applicants who want to pursue research in subjects like mathematical logic, the foundations of physics, or universal algebra. There are members of Faculty who can supervise students in each of these areas.
- One position is reserved to students from overseas.
- We consider applications from researchers who already hold a PhD from a non-Italian university. These applicants, if admitted, can expect a reduction of their coursework load and a greater involvement in joint research with members of Faculty.
- The deadline for application is September 12, 2014.
- For details, please download the pdf file

indexicals - Centre of transdisciplinary cognitive and theory of the state sciences,
August 19, 2014
Research assistent or co-operation partner - Modal logic or Philosophy of Law or Theory of Constition or Aesthetic
December 31, 2014

indexicals - Centre of transdisciplinary cognitive and therory of the state sciences is a private scientific research institution based in Austria, Graz and Vienna, and conneted internationally to outstanding Universities. It was created by the philosopher Josephine Papst.

Currently the research centre is expanding at the Vienna base, and therefore, for one of the various research projects - desicion for which one is still open - the position of a research assistent or co-operation partner is open. The starting date would be Janury 7th, 2015. However, there is also the option to start earlier.

Applications with CV, motivation, list of publications, documentation of higher education and work experiece should be send to
Mag.Dr. Josephine Papst
Director of indexicals - Centre of transdisciplinary cognitive and theory of the state sciences
Garnisongasse 7/17
A-1090 Vienna

or by email to:
josephine [dot] papst [__at__] chello [dot] at

Faculty of Humanities at the University of Tübingen ,
August 11, 2014
Position as Professor (W3)
September 25, 2014

The AOS is in ancient philosophy and possibly its reception in medieval or early modern philosophy. Expertise in another area of philosophy is desirable.
Requirements for appointment are: PhD and habilitation degree or equivalent qualification (e.g. »second book«) as well as an attested didactic qualification.
Tübingen University is particularly interested in applications from female candidates for this position and therefore strongly urges women to apply.
Applications from disabled candidates will be given preference if the qualifications of these candidates are identical to those of a non-disabled candidate.
Applications with the usual documents (Curriculum Vitae, references, list of publications and teaching experience, overview of research covered) and 5 publications which are representative of your research should be sent, if possible in digital form, to: Dean of the Faculty of Humanities Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leonhardt, University of Tübingen, Wilhelmstraße 50, D-72074 Tübingen.

University of Graz,
July 18, 2014
University Assistant without doctorate
August 6, 2014

With its 3,800 employees and 30,000 students, the University of Graz provides an exciting and varied work environment. Due to our research and teaching competence we are a central institution for guaranteeing that Styria remains a research and education location.

The Department of Philosophy is looking for a

University Assistant without doctorate

(20 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 4 years; position to be filled as of October 1st 2014 )

Job specification
•Provide research assistance
•Provide organisational and teaching assistance for courses
•Independently design and teach one course per year
•Provide support and advice for undergraduate students (for example by holding a regular consultation hour)
•Participate in ongoing research projects and assist in developing new ones
•Provide administrative support
•Write a PhD thesis in Eighteenth-Century-Philosophy of Mind

Professional qualifications
•Diploma or master's degree in Philosophy, preferably with a thesis on Early Modern Philosophy
•International experience (desirable)
•Very good English and at least a working knowledge of German (desirable)
•Familiarity with philological and interdisciplinary aspects of historical work in philosophy (desirable)

Personal profile
•Strong communication and organisational skills
•Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team
•Competence in both teaching and advising students


Salary scheme of the Universitäten-KV (University Collective Agreement): B1

Minimum salary

The minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement and according to the classification scheme is EUR 1307.90 gross/month. This minimum salary may be higher due to previous employment periods eligible for inclusion and other earnings and remunerations.

We offer you a job with a lot of responsibility and variety. You can expect an enjoyable work climate, flexible work hours and numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. Take advantage of the chance to enter into a challenging work environment full of team spirit and enthusiasm for your job.

Application Deadline: August 6th 2014
Reference Number: MB/127/99 ex 2013/14

The University of Graz strives to increase the proportion of women in particular in management and faculty positions and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.

If you are interested, please submit your application documents within the stated deadline. Make sure to indicate the reference number on your application and please send your CV and photo to:

bewerbung [__at__] uni-graz [dot] at

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Universitätsplatz 3
8010 Graz

Eindhoven University of Technology,
July 2, 2014
Two full-time, fixed-term assistant professors in philosophy and ethics
August 1, 2014

The Department of Philosophy and Ethics at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands seeks two full-time, fixed-term assistant professors with strong teaching competency in the area of applied ethics for an initial appointment of three years. Candidates will have earned a PhD in philosophy by the date of application and demonstrate evidence of excellence in both teaching and research. The department has particular needs in teaching applied ethics, medical ethics, engineering ethics, and decision theory to engineering students. Fluency in English is required (the ability to teach in Dutch will be considered a strength). Since the Department strives for a better gender balance, women are especially encouraged to apply.

The Department of Philosophy and Ethics has a strong tradition in fundamental research in ethics and philosophy of science, as well as applied philosophy in an interdisciplinary setting. It is carried out in the dynamic environment of a cutting-edge, innovative science and technology university. For more information about the Department of Philosophy at Eindhoven see

Eindhoven University of Technology is a leading research university in science and technology with a diverse, international faculty. Eindhoven is located in the South of the Netherlands, 90 minutes by train from Amsterdam (Airport). It has its own airport with direct flights to London and several other European cities.

Istanbul Technical University,
June 10, 2014
Posts in Political Theory at Istanbul Technical University
September 1, 2014

Posts in Political Theory at Istanbul Technical University

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences ( is looking for well qualified candidates in the following areas:

Social Thought, Social Theory, Social Philosophy


Art and Politics, Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics

The number of vacancies is subject to funding. In accordance with Turkish law, these positions are open to foreign (non-Turkish) nationals only.

Faculty members in the department are expected to teach courses as part of the undergraduate program Humanities and Social Science as well as the MA Program in Political Studies, and the Ph.D. Program in Political and Social Thought ( Thesis supervision and committee work is also expected. The language of instruction is English, and the teaching load is 3/2. Salaries are standard for the public sector in Turkey. Research and Conference Travel funds are available.

Minimum requirements for an Assistant Professor position are a doctorate in the relevant field from an institution of international standing, teaching experience and a publication record that includes a minimum of one ISI/AHCI journal article.

Candidates should send a letter of application, indicating their availability to visit the department in the event that they are short-listed for a position, as well as attaching a CV and a writing sample (max 5000 words). The deadline for applications is open, but we would hope to short list candidates for interviews in Fall 2014. As the hiring procedures are lengthy, early application is recommended.

According to the standard procedures of public universities in Turkey, short-listed candidates should travel to the department at their own expense to give a research paper, in support of their application.

Istanbul Technical University ( (est. 1773) is one of the leading research universities in Turkey, with an increasing number of international faculty. ITU is part of the Erasmus program of student and faculty exchanges between European universities. ITU ranks high internationally and has connections with universities around the world. It is spread over a number of campuses throughout Istanbul. Istanbul is a major European and world city, with one of the richest histories of any city in the world, and one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The city has a rich and diverse culture in music, art, theatre, and a wealth of library collections and museums.

Application materials should be sent via email to Dr. Geoff Bove (geoffrey [dot] bowe [__at__] gmail [dot] com).

University of Cambridge,
United Kingdom
May 28, 2014
Temporary Teaching Associate in Classics (Philosophy) – maternity cover
June 30, 2014

Vacancy reference: GE03336

Limit of tenure applies: 01 October 2014 until 30 June 2015

Salary range £28,132 to £36,661 per annum.

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint a Temporary Teaching Associate in Classics (Philosophy) from 01 October 2014 until 30 June 2015 or the return of the permanent postholder, whichever is the earlier. This post is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in ancient philosophy. The successful applicant will benefit from the world-class facilities offered by the University and the generous support of research and teaching provided by the Faculty. Further information about the Faculty is available at

The successful candidate will be expected to take a full share of teaching and examining across the range of ancient philosophy at all levels from beginners to graduates, and to assist in administration as appropriate.

We are seeking an individual with a strong academic record and potential to make a significant contribution to the Faculty. Candidates will need to show evidence of the following qualifications, skills and experience:

• Good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject area (or clear evidence that completion of such a doctorate is imminent) with publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career;
• Evidence of ability to teach ancient philosophy effectively, and at all relevant levels;
• Ability to play an effective role in the life and work of the Faculty as a whole;
• Ability to work as part of a team.

Further particulars be obtained from or from the Secretary of the Selection Committee, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA (tel: 01223 335193, fax: 01223 335409, e-mail: fjf24 [__at__] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk).

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor David Sedley (dns1 [__at__] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk).

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to

This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form and attaching CV, cover letter and a sample publication (maximum 20,000 words). Referees should be asked to write directly to the Secretary to reach the Faculty by the closing date.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Closing date: Noon of Monday 30th June 2014

Planned interview date: Planned for afternoon of Thursday 10th July 2014

De Monfort University,
United Kingdom
May 8, 2014
May 31, 2014

De Montfort University's Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR; is offering the position of a Senior Research Fellow Ethics of Robotics, with a focus on Robot-Enhanced Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The CCSR is the UK's leading research centre in responsible research and innovation, in particular in the area of computer and technology ethics. The CCSR is among the leading research centres in Europe and the world. Between 2008 and 2012, the Centre led or was involved in successful research proposals worth approximately £6M. CCSR is home of the long-running ETHICOMP conference series and edits the Journal on Information, Communication and Ethics in society. The CCSR also runs the Information Society Doctoral Programme (ISDP) which currently hosts approximately 30 research students.

The CCSR has served or continues to serve as coordinator and work package leader in many EU FP7 projects, including ETICA, CONSIDER, Responsible-Innovation, and GREAT. Recent acquisitions include involvements in the FP7 Flagship Human Brain Project, the FP7 integrated project “Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders” (DREAM), and “Stakeholders Acting Together On the ethical impact assessment of Research and Innovation” (SATORI). The Centre also coordinates Responsible-Industry.

This Senior Research Fellow post is funded by the European DREAM project, an exciting interdisciplinary, large-scale project, involving 7 European partners which will develop the next-generation robots that mediate between therapists and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in autism therapy. In this Robot-Enhanced Therapy (RET), the robots will be able to interact with the child autonomously for limited periods under the supervision of a therapist (“supervised autonomy”).

The use of robots in therapeutic contexts raises several ethical issues, such questions concerning automomy and trust. The “Ethics” work package will address these ethical issues by making sure that all relevant known ethical constraints and existing laws are implemented in the design process, by examining specific new ethical questions raised by the child-robot interaction, and by investigating if and how we can build in ethical constraints into the meta-cognition level of the robot. Through close collaboration between the technical and ethical researchers and the ASD practitioners, the project will integrate technology with ethics and clinical therapy practices.

The successful candidate will conduct high quality research, shape the work and take initiatives, and publish the results of the work in high quality outlets and publications. Working closely with leading scholars from a range of disciplines, (s)he will also contribute to the initiation of new research initiatives of the Centre.

Research leader of the ethics workpackage will be Prof Mark Coeckelbergh. The research leader and the Senior Research Fellow will collaborate very closely with partners from all over Europe with different backgrounds, such as engineering and psychology.

To qualify for the post you will be an international post-doctoral researcher with at least 3 years (but preferably 5 years) research experience with a background in philosophy/ethics and proven ability and willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research. Consideration will also be given to outstanding candidates with a social sciences or multidisciplinary PhD degree on a topic relevant to the project, provided the candidate has some background and experience in ethics. Other requirements include demonstrable interest in philosophical issues relating to human-robot interaction, high motivation to become part of an international research team and contribute to the success of the DREAM project, and good analytical, organizational, and communication skills (in English). We are looking for a person who displays creativity, open-mindedness, and ability to develop new ideas. The candidate should also be willing to participate in other CCSR oriented research and teaching and support the CCSR in relevant administrative duties.

Details of the Centre can be found at Details of the Faculty can be found at

For any questions or further information contact Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh at mark [dot] coeckelbergh [__at__] dmu [dot] ac [dot] uk or +44 116 257 7487 or, alternatively, the CCSR's director, Prof. Bernd Carsten Stahl at bstahl [__at__] dmu [dot] ac [dot] uk or +44 116 207 8252.