Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

Scuola Normale Superiore,
July 11, 2015
Professor for History of Philosophy
July 31, 2015

Permanent position of Full Professor in the Classe di Scienze umane, academic field 11/C5, academic discipline HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY.

The applicant will be expected to:
- teach students within academic discipline of History of Renaissance Philosophy (M-FIL/06) in the Scuola’s ordinary and specialization courses and in the other didactic activities that the Scuola may from time to time organise in accordance with the statute of the Scuola, within annual organisation;
- carry out autonomous research activities in the field of History of Renaissance Philosophy;
- tutor and supervise Master's degree and PhD thesis, organise seminars and conferences, support supervise and coordinate research groups in national and international projects in the same field.

Applications are welcome from candidates with the following qualifications:
a) candidates who have obtained the national scientific qualification pursuant to art. 16 of Law 240/2010 for the academic field or for one of the academic fields included in the same macro-sector, for the full professor position and for the equivalent functions;
b) candidates who have obtained professional qualifications pursuant to Law 210/1998 for the academic discipline included in the academic field of the announcement or in one of the academic fields included in the same macro-sector, and for the position covered by the procedure, if not already employed in these positions, within the period of validity for such qualifications;
c) candidates who are already employed as full professors;
d)foreign based researchers and university teachers (tenured positions) equal to that of the announcement – as determined by the correspondence chart set out in the Ministerial decree 236 on 2.05.2011.

Full details about the permanent position of Full Professor available, functions, partecipation requirements, timetable, timetable for selection procedure and candidates obligations listed in Director's Degree n.297 on 19.6.2015 downloadable from Scuola Normale Superiore website.

Radboud University Nijmegen,
July 9, 2015
PhD Candidate: Reception of Aquinas' Psychology
September 6, 2015

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen
Vacancy number: 21.05.15
Application deadline: 6 September 2015

As a PhD candidate, you will conduct research on the PhD project The Reception of Thomas Aquinas’ Philosophical Psychology (13th-17th centuries).

Short description of the project:

The introduction of the corpus aristotelicum into university curricula in the 13th century created tensions in the various branches of natural philosophy, metaphysics and ethics. In the field of philosophical psychology, Thomas Aquinas was among the first authors to incorporate the views of Aristotle (and of his commentator Averroes) in his accounts of the soul. He did so against a background that was largely dominated by Neoplatonizing authors such as Augustine and Avicenna. Unsurprisingly, Aquinas’ psychological views rapidly became the object of debate and remained a permanent point of reference. Aquinas’ views thus constitute an excellent starting point for a study of aspects of philosophical psychology from the late Middle Ages until the early modern period.

The Research Institute in Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies calls for PhD proposals concerning a specific aspect of the reception of Thomas Aquinas’ views in the field of philosophical psychology from the late 13th until the 17th century. Possible topics are: soul and body; soul and substantial form; the powers and habits of the soul; the immortality of the soul; the ‘separate’ soul and its powers; etc. The Institute especially welcomes proposals that combine doctrinal and institutional perspectives (e.g. ecclesiastical condemnations, university regulations, etc.) on the reception of Aquinas’ views.

Work environment
The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies aims at providing the best possible academic learning and working environment for its 600 students and 140 staff members.

The PhD project will be carried out as part of the Faculty’s Research Programme I (‘Competing Worldviews’) in the Chair of History of Philosophy. You will participate in regular research seminars and be a part of a lively research environment. You will be trained and supervised in accordance with the regulations of the Radboud Graduate School for the Humanities. You will be a member of this school and have access to all courses, meetings and facilities offered by it.

What we expect from you

- MA in philosophy, preferably in the history of medieval and/or early modern philosophy;
- good knowledge of Latin and excellent command of written and spoken English (C2 level);
- ability to conduct research autonomously, analyse complex problems and develop sound arguments;
- maturity, self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and as a team player;
- good communication and organizational skills.

What we have to offer

- employment: 0,8 - 1,0 fte;
- in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
- gross starting salary will amount to €2,125 per month based on full-time employment, and will increase to €2,717 per month in the fourth year (P scale);
- in accordance with university policy, you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (in case of a 0.8 appointment: by 3.5 years);
- you will be classified as a PhD candidate (‘promovendus’) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO)

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions ( you like to know more? Further information on: Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies ( more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof.dr. P.J.J.M. Bakker, Professor Medieval and Renaissance philosophy
Telephone: +31 24 3612756
E-mail: p [dot] bakker [__at__] ftr [dot] ru [dot] nlProf [dot] dr. D.A.T. Müller, Professor History of Christianity
Telephone: +31 24 3612606
E-mail: d [dot] mueller [__at__] ftr [dot] ru [dot] nl

Are you interested?
Apply via
For more information on your application: +31 24 3611173.

Université libre de Bruxelles,
June 29, 2015
August 20, 2015

Within the Département de Philosophie, Éthique et Sciences des Religions et de la laïcité at the Université libre de Bruxelles, there is a vacancy for a fully funded 3-year fellowship in the context of the ARC project „Transformations of practical reason in early modern philosophy prior to Kant”, directed by Prof. Arnaud Pelletier ( Within this project, which has three parts, the candidate will work on one of the two following issues:

either Leibniz: Practical reason and the Science of prudence
The main focus of this first topic is to address Leibniz’s practical philosophy through the particular investigation of the project of a « science of prudence » (its genesis, evolution and challenges). The new conceptualization of practical reason should also be compared to both the contemporary projects of a "moral science" and the Leibnizian scope of wisdom understood as a "science of happiness".

or The primacy of practical reason before Kant
The main focus of this second topic will be that of the origin and ensuing modifications of the idea of a "primacy of practical reason" (over theoretical reason) in pre-Kantian philosophy (addressing, for instance, authors like Thomasius, Crusius or Baumgarten as far as the 18th century is concerned) in order to investigate the different ways to address the genuine normativity of the practical reason and its relationship to the theoretical reason.

The thesis can be written in French or in English, but the candidate must be able to present his/her research and to take part in seminars in French. From the first year, active participation in the doctoral program and the activities of the Research Center in Philosophy ( and of the Research Group in Modern Philosophy, as well as contributions to journals and international conferences are expected. The candidate may have small administrative tasks (organization of conferences, etc.) within the ARC project.

Requirements: - MA in Philosophy (or a justification that it has been passed in 2015)
- Good knowledge of early modern philosophy
- Written and oral competence in French
- A minimum command of Latin and German would be an asset

Duration: 36 months, starting October 1, 2015
Amount: ca. 1880 EUR per month (netto)

Application deadline: August 20, 2015.

Applicants should send the following files (numbered from 1 to 5) to Arnaud [dot] Pelletier [__at__] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be:
1) a cover letter (explaining the adequacy of the applicant with the topic he/she wants to work on)
2) a detailed CV (including an academic transcript) with a publication list (if any)
3) a brief doctoral project (4 pages + bibliography)
4) a writing sample (about 10 pages, possibly from the Master thesis)
5) names and contact details of two academic referees.

For any further information, please feel free to contact Arnaud Pelletier (Arnaud [dot] Pelletier [__at__] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be).
Results will be known by the end of August 2015.

University of Warwick,
United Kingdom
June 17, 2015
Postdoctoral fellowship: experimental philosophy and empirical ethics
July 14, 2015

The University of Warwick is seeking to appoint a full-time, one-year postdoctoral fellow based in the Department of Philosophy, as part of the research grant 'experimental philosophy and empirical ethics: a historical reconstruction and philosophical assessment' (XPHI), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The successful candidate will study the viability of an empirical science of ethics. He or she will join a research team working on the metaphysical and theological commitments of early modern experimental philosophers, eighteenth-century attempts to articulate an experimental moral philosophy, and recent proposals for locating moral philosophy within an experimental philosophy framework. The team is formed by Dr Alberto Vanzo (PI, Warwick), Professor Peter Anstey (Sydney) and Professor Tom Sorell (Warwick).

The successful candidate will prepare research articles, conference presentations and blog posts on his or her research, co-organise a workshop that will form the basis for a special journal issue or an edited volume, and participate in the project's outreach activities.

Start date: November 2015

For more information and to apply, please visit

Halle (Saale),
June 1, 2015
Two years fixed-term lectureship
June 11, 2015

Two years fixed-term lectureship (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) in philosophy at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Halle (Saale). AOS: (Early) modern practical philosophy (focus on Kant desirable but nor required). Two courses per semester teaching load, language of instruction is German.
For further particulars, see

Deadline: June 11, 2015.

Please direct all enquiries to Prof. Dr. Heiner F. Klemme, heiner [dot] klemme [__at__] phil [dot] uni-halle [dot] de

ILLC, University of Amsterdam,
May 14, 2015
Project assistant
May 31, 2015

We have an open vacancy for a project assistant in the framework of the LogiCIC project on 'The Logical Structure of Correlated Information Change' (ERC-2011-STG No. 283963), funded by the European Research Council and the European Community under the Seventh Framework Programme. The LogiCIC project team currently consists of two PhD candidates, one postdoctoral researcher and the Principal investigator Sonja Smets. The new Project assistant will support the team in its main organizational and communication tasks. The appointment is for 16 hours per week, and is on a temporary basis for a period of maximum 18 months, with an initial trial period of two months. All details about the job description and requirements are listed at:

Preferred starting date: 1 July 2015, but no later than 1 August 2015. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2015 (the application procedure is explained on the above mentioned website).

University of Bayreuth,
April 26, 2015
Junior Professor (W1) for Philosophy (Political Philosophy)
May 22, 2015

The University of Bayreuth is a research driven university and leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching. The Faculty of Cultural Studies invites applications for a

Junior Professor (W1) for Philosophy (Political Philosophy)

to be appointed as soon as possible. The position is offered for an initial period of three years and will be extended by a further three years following a positive evaluation.

We are looking for an excellent candidate in the field of global justice. We are interested in candidates with a background in the intersection of philosophy and economics. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of philosophy in the University’s “Governance & Responsibility” emerging field and its constituent programmes and initiatives.

The candidate will be expected to play an important role in our highly successful MA and BA Philosophy & Economics degree programmes. To meet the curricular demands of these degrees, the successful candidate should be able to teach broadly in political philosophy and offer courses in the intersection of political philosophy and economics. The teaching load for the first three years is five contact hours per week, increasing to seven after a successful mid-term evaluation.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the rules governing university appointments in the State of Bavaria. Prerequisites for appointment are an excellent doctoral degree, a productive and promising research programme, as well as teaching skills at university level. The ability to teach in English is also required for this position. Candidates should not have been employed for more than 6 years in an academic capacity at a German public-sector university.

The University of Bayreuth pursues the strategic goal of increasing the diversity of its faculty. Women and international candidates who will bring an increased diversity in the research and teaching profile of the University of Bayreuth are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications. The University of Bayreuth is a certified family-friendly and international employer that offers dual career support for career couples. Applicants with children are very welcome.

Applications should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies, Prof. Dr. Ludwig Haag, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth (Dekanat [dot] Kuwi [__at__] uni-bayreuth [dot] de) no later than 22.05.2015. Applications should include the usual documentation (curriculum vitae with a detailed list of your educational background, positions held, publications, and teaching record as well as copies of degree and prize certificates, names and contact details of three academic referees) and a statement of current and future research plans. Electronic applications are accepted (preferably as a single pdf file).

For further enquiries, please contact the Head of Department and Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Dr. Matthew Braham (matthew [dot] braham [__at__] uni-bayreuth [dot] de).

Université libre de Bruxelles,
April 20, 2015
PhD Fellowship in early modern philosophy
June 15, 2015

Within the Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and in the context of the ARC project „TRANSFORMATIONS OF PRACTICAL REASON IN EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY PRIOR TO KANT”, directed by Prof. Arnaud Pelletier, there is a vacancy for:

One 3-year doctoral fellowship to carry out a research project titled:
„The primacy of practical reason: an archaeology of Kant’s practical philosophy”

Profile: The candidate will conduct research with the aim of writing a doctoral thesis on the origin and ensuing modifications of the idea of the "primacy of practical reason" (over theoretical reason) in pre-Kantian philosophy (addressing, for instance, authors like Thomasius, Crusius or Baumgarten as far as the 18th century is concerned). The thesis can be written in French or in English, but the candidate must be able to present his/her research and to take part in seminars in French. From the first year, active participation in the doctoral program and the activities of the Research Center in Philosophy ( and of the Research Group in Modern Philosophy, as well as contributions to journals and international conferences are expected. The candidate may have small administrative tasks (organization of conferences, etc.) within the ARC project.

Requirements: - MA in Philosophy
- Independent and self-motivated
- Proficiency in French (written/oral), German and Latin
- Good knowledge of early modern philosophy

Duration: 3 years, starting October 1, 2015
Amount: ca. 1880 EUR per month (netto)

Application deadline: June 15, 2015.

Applicants should send a cover letter to Arnaud Pelletier (Arnaud [dot] Pelletier [__at__] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be) together with a detailed CV and publication list (if any), a writing sample (about 10 pages, possibly from the Master thesis) and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Institute for Philosophy II,
April 13, 2015
PhD Research Fellow in Nonmonotonic Logic and Formal Argumentation
May 17, 2015

The Institute for Philosophy II at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) invites applications for a PhD research position in the domain of nonmonotonic logics and formal argumentation.

- Duration: 4 years (incl. trial period)
- Starting date: 1. September 2015 (latest)
- Public salary TV-L 13, 65%
- Deadline for the application: *17. May 2015*

The candidate is supposed to have an MA degree (or equivalent) in philosophy, computer science or mathematics. Candidates with a background in formal logic and/or formal argumentation are preferred.

For the sake of internationalization and gender-equality, applicants from abroad as well as non-male candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Mastering the German language is not required.

The position is part of a research project on formal argumentation and defeasible reasoning (see for details). The project is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in the context of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize. By means of the funding a research centre on formal argumentation and nonmonotonic reasoning has been established at the Institute for Philosophy II at the Ruhr-University Bochum (see

The candidate is expected to actively contribute to the project and to activities of the research group. Research collaborations with other team members and with external members are encouraged. The candidate will also be encouraged to participate in international workshops and conferences, for which the standard traveling expenses will be covered.

For the application, please submit the following documents:

- a CV
- a list of publications and talks if applicable
- a motivation letter
- a writing sample (e.g., a part of the master thesis, an essay, etc.)
- contact details of two possible referees (no recommendation letters necessary)

Please submit your documents electronically to christian [dot] strasser [__at__] RUB [dot] de under the subject line "Application Kovalevskaja PhD 2" by latest *17. May 2015*. For any further inquiries please contact christian [dot] strasser [__at__] RUB [dot] de.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. For candidates from abroad the interview may be held in terms of a video-conference.

Norwegian University of Life Sciences,
February 26, 2015
Postdoc Fellowships
March 10, 2015

We are pleased to announce two 3-year positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow in philosophy at the School of Economics and Business (SEB), Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The positions are part of the project Causation, Complexity and Evidence in Health Sciences (CauseHealth).

SEB is responsible for teaching and research in philosophy and theory of science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. SEB also offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration and in economics, in addition to a master’s program in entrepreneurship and innovation. The School has approx. 55 employees, of which three permanent faculty, two adjunct professors and three postdocs are in the fields of philosophy and theory of science.

The project concerns the philosophical foundations of causality and scientific methods, related to the health sciences. It is funded by the FRIPRO programme of the Research Council of Norway, with Rani Lill Anjum as the Principal Investigator.

Applicants must hold a PhD in philosophy or one of the health sciences. (Persons who have submitted, but not yet defended their PhD dissertation may apply, but may not be appointed before the PhD has been awarded.) Applicants should have documented research experience or background that is relevant for the project, and preferably within philosophy of medicine. Further information about the project is available at

We are seeking a colleague who can be both self-directed and able to work within the project group, and otherwise participate in the academic activities project and the SEB. Responsibilities, in addition to research, includes assisting with conference organization and the NMBU Philosophy of Science Forum.

The workplace will be at the SEB, located in Aas, Norway.

Applications must include an application letter, project plan (2-4 pages), CV with complete list of publications, diplomas and contact information for three referees. Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to give a short presentation.

The positions are for three years, and the preferred starting date is September 1st, 2015

The position is placed in government pay scale, position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow (salary grade 57-70), depending on qualifications and experience.

For questions or further information, contact Rani Lill Anjum (e-mail rani [dot] anjum [__at__] nmbu [dot] no).

Electronic application via JOBBNORGE.

Application deadline: March 10th 2015