Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

Lund University,
January 18, 2018
Senior Researcher
February 15, 2018

The Lund Gothenburg Responsibility Project (LGRP) at the University of Lund is interested in hiring a full-time senior researcher for at least six years starting in September 2018. For more information and a link to electronic application see here:

University of Aberdeen,
United Kingdom
January 10, 2018
PhD Scholarships
March 31, 2018

Dear all,

five Elphinstone PhD Scholarships are available at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Aberdeen. If successful, the applicants will have their tuition fees waived for each year of their PhD, whether British, EU or Overseas. Selections will be made on the basis of academic merit. The Scholarships are reserved to full-time, resident students.

*** THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is the 31st of March 2018***

The Elphinstone Scholarships are related to the following specific projects:

Gender Equality and Sports – Investigating whether gender-based restrictions in sports are morally justified
(Supervisors: Dr F. Luzzi & Dr B. Lord)

Intuitive Understanding and the Life Sciences
(Supervisors: Dr U. Stegmann & Dr B. Lord)

Liberalism and Conservatism in Epistemology
(Supervisors: Dr L. Moretti & Dr F. Luzzi)

Investigating the precise roles of pictorial representations, their unique qualities and limitations
(Supervisors: Dr U. Stegmann and Dr L. Moretti)

Investigating the correct theory of the content of first-person (or de se) thought
(Supervisor: Dr S. Torre)

More information about the projects can be found via the following webpage:

Please use the search mask at the bottom of the page selecting the name of the relevant supervisor (or one of them if more supervisors are indicated).

If you are interested in any project, please email the first supervisor.

Personal profiles and contact details are here:

All the Best,
Luca Moretti

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation,
January 4, 2018
MacGillavry Fellowship, Tenure Track position for women in Logic and Computation
March 19, 2018

MacGillavry Fellowship, Tenure Track position for women in Logic and Computation - University of Amsterdam

Deadline: Monday 19 March 2018

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) participates in the recruitment programme at the Faculty of Science for top level female talent. This programme is named after the ground breaking crystallographer Carolina MacGillavry, an alumna of the University of Amsterdam. The MacGillavry Fellowships at the Faculty of Science are offered to women who excel in their discipline, who possess leadership potential and aspire to a career as a professor at the University of Amsterdam. For more information, see or contact Prof. Sonja Smets at S.J.L.Smets at .

Oxford Brookes University,
United Kingdom
December 7, 2017
Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship in Evolutionary Ethics
February 20, 2018

Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship
Eligibilty: Home/EU and International students
Bursary: £16,000 for a maximum of three years
Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the School of History, Philosophy and Culture
Deadline: The closing date for applications is 13.00 on Tuesday 20th February 2018
Interview date: Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the deadline
Start date: 17th September 2018

Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in Evolutionary Ethics.
The project will be co-supervised by Dr Stephen Boulter, Dr Helen De Cruz and Dr Johan De Smedt. This proposed PhD project offers an outstanding student the chance to conduct research into evolutionary ethics, a branch of philosophy that is concerned with the evolutionary basis of morality. The student will use a naturalistic approach to the evolution of human morality.
We are looking for someone with background knowledge in one or more of the following fields: meta-ethics, normative ethics, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of archaeology, and philosophy of biology. Candidates with a strong interest in empirically-informed philosophy are especially encouraged to apply.
We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the studentship start date. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.
He or she will join a vibrant and expanding community of doctoral students with access to world-class resources. A full project description will be included in the application pack.
The studentships are open to both Home/EU and International students, but the funding will only cover Home/EU research degree fees. Therefore international applicants should be aware that they would need to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International research degree fees each year. Please see this page for information on current International fees:
As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active School. For more information on the School of History, Philosophy and Culture, please visit

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Directors of Studies (sboulter [__at__] brookes [dot] ac [dot] uk),
hde-cruz [__at__] brookes [dot] ac [dot] uk and johan [dot] de-smedt [__at__] brookes [dot] ac [dot] uk to discuss their application.

How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please contact hss-researchdegrees [__at__] brookes [dot] ac [dot] uk quoting Evolutionary Ethics in the subject heading:

University of Helsinki,
December 5, 2017
Postdoctoral position
January 15, 2018

Post-Doc position for one year, renewable for a second year, within the Academy of Finland project "Modalities and conditionals: systematic and historical studies" directed by Sara Negri at the Philosophy Unit of the University of Helsinki.

The main focus of the project is on philosophical logic. The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong background in modal logic, epistemic logic and proof theory, research experience with labelled deductive systems, and a strong motivation for collaborative work with the PI on the project's specific themes.

Qualification requirements: Applications are invited by highly motivated and competent candidates with a doctoral degree in philosophy, mathematics, or computer science with focus on logic, with research experience and expertise relevant to the project. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their ability to produce high-quality research, as evidenced by their doctoral thesis and publications, conference presentations, and references. The position does not require knowledge of Finland's national languages, as the research on the project will be conducted and published in English.

Terms of employment: The position involves full-time employment for one year, renewable for a second year. The start date is negotiable, but should be not later than September 1st, 2018.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to produce high-quality research on the project, individually and in close collaboration with the principal investigator. The fellow will be expected to publish the results of his/her research in first-class international journals and conferences and to disseminate them via international conferences, workshops, seminars and other suitable events. The fellow will also assist with some administrative work related to the project, such as organising related conferences, workshops, and seminars. A 5% teaching duty is involved in the fellowship.

Salary will be based on the Finnish salary scale for Academic employment and decided on the basis of the researcher's experience.

Application requirements: Candidates should send their cv, list of publications, a copy of their doctoral dissertation, a cover letter with a statement indicating their background, motivations, suitability for the project as a single message with attachments as pdf (however, large files such as the doctoral dissertation and accessible through web repositories can be just linked) and subject "Post-doc application"; a letter of recommendation by the PhD thesis supervisor should be sent directly to Sara Negri.

Deadline for application: 15 January 2018.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Sara Negri (sara [dot] negri [__at__] helsinki [dot] fi)

Brief project description: The proposed research belongs to philosophical logic, a core area of theoretical philosophy. The main objectives of the proposal are the application and further development of a novel logical methodology for the study of the inferential aspect of modalities and conditionals and the study of the sources of related modal concepts in European philosophy.

Philosophical logic has been traditionally devoted to the study of conceptual pairs such as necessity and possibility, and obligation and permission. Its privileged approach has been, since the introduction of possible worlds semantics, the semantical one, with analytic systems of proof considered an impossibility even for basic modal logics. The role of logic has been restricted to giving classes of axiomatizations for the basic notions at hand. The axiomatic approach, however, fails to represent inferential processes that require hypothetical reasoning. Further, the classical systems of logic are inadequate as representations of modalities and conditionals that are outside the idealized realm of mathematical entities. They escape the standard truth value semantics and even possible worlds semantics fails in providing a sufficiently comprehensive setting.

The more general neighbourhood semantics will be used for a sharpening of the methods at the formal core of the project, with a parallel development of the normative, descriptive and deductive aspects of a logical system, and the addition, through decision methods, of a predictive component. Specific objectives include the proof-theoretical investigation of non-normal quantified modal logics, of conditionals both in pure form and in association with alethic, dynamic, and doxastic modalities. The inferential systems obtained are applied in research areas that belong to pure and applied logic and formal epistemology.

Keywords: Philosophical logic, possible worlds semantics, neighbourhood semantics, modalities, first-order modal logic, conditionals, dynamic epistemic logic, sequent calculus, inferentialism, history of structural proof theory, history of modern modal logic.

Helsinki, 4.12.2017

Professor Sara Negri

University of Greifswald,
December 1, 2017
Full Professor (W3) of Philosophy with the Focus on Theoretical Philosophy
December 15, 2017

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Greifswald’s Faculty of Arts and
Humanities is seeking to fill the position of
Full Professor (W3) of Philosophy with the Focus on Theoretical Philosophy
by 01/10/2018.
The successful candidate is expected to represent the discipline of philosophy, in particular
the field of theoretical philosophy, in research and teaching. With regard to teaching, all
areas of theoretical philosophy need to be covered (esp. logic, including an introductory
course, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and ontology). With
regard to research, the applicant should be proficient in at least two of these areas. The
position holder will also share responsibilities in the field that covers the history of
Active participation is expected in all degree courses in the field of philosophy as well as in
teaching exports and interdisciplinary collaborations provided by the Department. Active
participation is also expected in the development and expansion of interdisciplinary research
initiatives, especially within the University’s key fields of research. International experience
and experience with academic self-government are required. Experience in the acquisition of
third-party funds is desired. The willingness to give courses in English is required.
The necessary qualifications are defined in § 58 of the State Higher Education Law of
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Landeshochschulgesetz Mecklenburg-Vorpommern LHG M-V).
They include a university degree, a doctorate and teaching aptitude, as well as additional
scholarly achievements and academic services which are generally attained through a junior
professorship, a habilitation thesis or equivalent.
In accordance with § 61 LHG M-V, the professor appointed will be assigned the status of a
civil servant (Beamtenverhältnis) with unlimited tenure; alternatively, if the applicant is not
permanently available: limited tenure as a civil servant or public service employee.
This vacancy is open to all applicants, irrespective of gender. The University would like to
increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented and thus
applications from women are particularly welcome and will be treated with priority if they
have the same qualifications and as long as there are no clear reasons which make a fellow
applicant more suitable. Severely disabled applicants with the same professional and
personal qualifications will be considered with preference.
Unfortunately, application costs cannot be reimbursed by the State of Mecklenburg-
Further information can be obtained from the Managing Director of the Department of
Philosophy, Prof. Dr. Werner, Tel.: +49 3834 420 3450.
Candidates are requested to submit their applications by 15/12/2017, accompanied by the
usual documents (curriculum vitae reflecting their academic career, list of scholarly
publications and courses taught, copies of academic certificates, attestation of teaching
aptitude). Applications (all documents in one PDF) should be addressed via email to:
berufung-phf [__at__] uni-greifswald [dot] de

Universität Paderborn,
November 27, 2017
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
January 15, 2018

Mit über 20.000 Studierenden ist die Universität Paderborn eine innovative und interdisziplinär ausgerichtete Campus-Universität mit vielseitigen Studienangeboten für junge Menschen aus dem In- und Ausland. In der Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften ist im Fach Philosophie im Bereich Didaktik der Philosophie/Praktischen Philosophie zum nächstmöglichen Termin eine Stelle als

wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/
wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
(Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L)
im Umfang von 100 % der regelmäßigen Arbeitszeit zu besetzen. Es handelt sich um eine Qualifizierungsstelle im Sinne des Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetzes (WissZeitVG), die zur Förderung eines Promotionsverfahrens im Bereich der Philosophiedidaktik dient. Die Stelle ist befristet für die Dauer des Promotionsverfahrens, i. d. R. auf 3 Jahre.

Durchführung fachdidaktischer Lehrveranstaltungen (4 SWS) mit einem Schwerpunkt im Bereich des Lehramtes an Haupt-, Real-, Sekundar- und Gesamtschulen und Betreuung der Studierenden für den Bereich „Didaktik der Philosophie“ im Rahmen der eigenen Lehrveranstaltungen, Mitwirkung bei der Durchführung von Prüfungen, Begleitung von Praktika im Fach Philosophie, Mitarbeit in der universitären Selbstverwaltung.
Erwartet wird ein überdurchschnittlicher Abschluss eines Hochschulstudiums der Philosophie (Erstes Staatsexamen, Masterabschluss). Erwünscht sind ein Zweites Staatsexamen und praktische Erfahrungen im Schulunterricht in der Sekundarstufe I, sehr gute Kenntnisse der Philosophiegeschichte und ein systematischer Schwerpunkt in der Philosophie.

Bewerbungen von Frauen sind ausdrücklich erwünscht und werden gem. LGG bei gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung bevorzugt berücksichtigt, sofern nicht in der Person eines Mitbewerbers liegende Gründe überwiegen. Teilzeitbeschäftigung ist grundsätzlich möglich. Ebenso ist die Bewerbung geeigneter Schwerbehinderter und Gleichgestellter im Sinne des Sozialgesetzbuches Neuntes Buch (SGB IX) erwünscht.

Bei Rückfragen wenden Sie sich an Petra Große Holling: petra [dot] grosse [dot] holling [__at__] upb [dot] de.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass nur elektronisch (pdf-Dateien) eingereichte Bewerbungen angenommen werden können. Bewerbungen mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Lebenslauf, Zeugnisse, ca. dreiseitiges Exposé zum Promotionsvorhaben in der Philosophiedidaktik, ggf. Publikationen/Arbeitsproben) werden unter der Kennziffer 3179 bis zum 15.01.2018 erbeten an:
Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber z. H. Petra Große Holling Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften Universität Paderborn petra [dot] grosse [dot] holling [__at__] upb [dot] de

University of Exeter,
United Kingdom
November 9, 2017
Lecturers in Philosophy
December 11, 2017

College of Social Sciences and International Studies - Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

The salary will be £34,520 - £42,418 per annum on Grade F for Lecturers subject to knowledge, skills and experience.

We are recruiting three lecturers with expertise in any area of philosophy, although special consideration will be given to candidates whose research interests complement those of the Department, including culture, consciousness, mind, ethics, the arts, science and technology. It is expected that you will play leading roles in the development and delivery of the Department’s Philosophy curriculum across core and optional modules.

SPA is a vibrant interdisciplinary unit with a well-established track record in internationally leading research. It was ranked 4th in REF 2104 (when power is taken into account; 100% of research staff were submitted). It is host to the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (EGENIS), a world-renowned centre for the philosophy, history and social studies of biology, biomedicine, data science and cognitive science.

You will hold a PhD in Philosophy and have an independent, internationally-recognised research programme in an active field of Philosophy research. You will be able to demonstrate: a strong programme of research that has international recognition; a record in attracting research funding, or a potential to attract funding; an ability to work within an inter-disciplinary department and to develop research links across specialisms; a willingness to engage in continuous professional development; the ability to develop and use a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning; a commitment to delivering the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes; and enthusiasm for the supervision of research students.

These are full-time posts and it is expected that they will be available from 1 September 2018 on a permanent basis.

What we can offer you
-Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
-Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
-An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
-Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
-A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

For further information please contact Professor Sabina Leonelli: S [dot] Leonelli [__at__] exeter [dot] ac [dot] uk

The closing date for applications is 11th December 2017.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

University of Neuchâtel,
October 27, 2017
Full Professor of General Philosophy
December 15, 2017

Job description: The successful candidate will teach various courses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences. The teaching commitment amounts to 7 periods of 45 minutes per week each semester. She/he will conduct high-level international research in philosophy and supervise Master’s and PhD theses.

Requirements: Applicants must hold a doctorate in philosophy and have strong teaching skills. Courses will be taught in French. Non-French speakers are expected to teach in French after a two-year period.

Institute: The professor will belong to the Institute of Philosophy at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences.

Administration: Participation to the administration of the Institute of Philosophy, of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences and to others tasks at the level of the faculty.

Assistant: A full-time assistant can be hired by the successful candidate.

Secretary: Access to secretary services.

Appointment: The successful candidate is initially appointed for a period of four years, which may eventually be extended by two years. After this time, the confirmation of the nomination for an indeterminate time can be obtained on the basis of an evaluation. The full professor is further subjected to an evaluation procedure every six years during his career.

Salary : See website UniNE,

Starting date: August 1st, 2018, or upon agreement.

Application : The applications should be uploaded onto (ref. FLSH-PhiloGén) in the form of a single pdf file including a motivation letter, a detailed CV, a list of publications, copies of diplomas, and a list of experts able to assess the competence of the candidate. The candidate is also invited to present a statement (three pages max.) of teaching and research interests, his/her scientific vision in the domain and projects that he/she anticipates developing in Neuchâtel. Please do not send publications; candidates who are successful in the first round will be asked to provide writing samples.

Information: Further information may be obtained by contacting the Head of the Hiring Committee prof. D. Schulthess (daniel [dot] schulthess [__at__] unine [dot] ch) or the Dean of the Faculty , (doyen [dot] lettres [__at__] unine [dot] ch), as well as by visiting the Faculty website at

The University of Neuchâtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Durham University,
United Kingdom
October 11, 2017
Assistant Professor in Philosophy (Social Science and/or Ethics)
November 15, 2017

The Role

With an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and the employability of our students, the Department of Philosophy is one of the UK’s best. Our distinctive research environment encourages a diversity of interests and approaches - from Anglo-American, to ‘Continental’, to non-Western philosophy - and benefits from an exceptionally high level of funding and collaboration. An impressive philosopher with demonstrable interests in the philosophy of social science, you will enjoy an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the further development of outstanding research and excellent, research-led teaching.

You’ll Need:

• A good first-degree, complemented by a PhD in Philosophy (either completed, or currently in progress).
• The ability to produce world-class research in the field of the philosophy of social science, including a research plan which supports the activities of the department.
• Proof that you have contributed to research groups, mentoring early career researchers.
• The confidence to supervise PhD students.
• To be willing to develop successful research project proposals, with the scope to secure funding or generate income.
• Experience of delivering high-quality teaching in lectures and smaller study groups, with the ability to attain fellowship of the HEA.
• Confident leadership and communication skills, with the willingness to work collaboratively as part of a team.

If you haven’t specifically met the above criteria but have recently completed or are concluding your PhD and feel you have the skills needed to do so, then you are invited to apply for the role at grade 7.

How to Apply

We value and promote an inclusive and diverse working environment at Durham and we welcome applications from all individuals.

We prefer to receive applications online. For this role we are working with our partner organisation TMP (UK) Limited and your application will initially be submitted to TMP (UK) Limited via our website.

Please carefully read the full job description for this post, via the web link below, which outlines the documents which you will be required to submit, information about referees, contact details should you require further information and next steps including an indication of when interviews will take place. PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDDAY ON THE DATE SPECIFIED.