Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt ,
September 3, 2015
Full Professorship in Visual Culture
September 30, 2015

The Department of Media and Communications Science of the Faculty of Humanities at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt hereby advertises a

Full Professorship in Visual Culture

(initially only temporary for five years) according to §98 UG, starting with September 1, 2016.

At about 10,000 students, Klagenfurt University is a young, lively and innovative university at the intersection of Alpine and Mediterranean cultures – in a region famous for its quality of life. As a national public university (§6 UG) it is fully funded by federal means, and its mission statement is founded on the principle of “transcending boundaries!”.

The newly established Professorship for Visual Culture is to represent this interdisciplinary field of research within the School and beyond, and to deepen it in exchange and collaboration with members of the School that are already doing research in this area. The Professor’s activity is to promote and develop the research in Visual Culture at Klagenfurt University. A person of excellent qualifications and international scientific renown is required, able to represent the topic in research and teaching with great commitment, to successfully establish co-operations, and to pursue a demanding and forward-looking research programme.

The duties of the Professorship include:
• Representation of the thematic focus on Visual Culture in research and teaching.
• Coordination and distinctive development of the transdisciplinary research cluster on Visual Culture.
• Counselling and supervision of thematically appropriate student projects from various programmes.
• Coordination of and collaboration on the development of a Master’s programme in Visual Culture.
• Promotion and support of young researchers.
• Contributions to university management.

• The applicant is to have a background in the Humanities with a clear focus on Visual Culture (possibilities range from digital media, film/video/TV/photography, to classical fine arts). They should be familiar with the philosophical and theoretical discourses of image theory. In addition, they are to have worked on the cultural determination of seeing and visual practices in a historical and/or social perspective.
• Habilitation or equivalent qualification in:
- Art History, or
- Media and Communication Studies, or
- Philosophy, or
- any other appropriate scientific denomination,
all of the above with a focus on Visual Culture.
• Excellent relevant performance in research and publication with international visibility.
• Pertinent university teaching experience and competence in the didactics of tertiary education.
• Leadership skills and the ability to work well in a team.

Desired additional qualifications:
• Experience with international and interdisciplinary research co-operations.
• Experience with the acquisition of research funds and the execution of projects based on third-party funding.
• Experience in Gender Studies.
• Interest in interdisciplinary co-operations between Schools, especially concerning technological aspects.
• Competence in gender mainstreaming and diversity management.

The duties of the Professorship require that the future Professor move the centre of their work life to Klagenfurt.

The Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt intends to increase the number of women in high level faculty positions and specifically invites applications from qualified women. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference.

People with disabilities or chronic diseases who are qualified are explicitly invited to apply.

The salary will be individually negotiated. The minimum gross salary for a position at this level (Salary group A1 for University Staff / Kollektivvertrag für die Arbeitnehmer/innen der Universitäten) is currently € 67,000 per year.

Applications should comprise a main section with a maximum length of 5 pages (see together with supplementary attachments. Applications should be submitted by 30th September 2015 by e-mail to the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Senate’s Office, Mrs. Sabine Tomicich (sabine [dot] tomicich [__at__] aau [dot] at). Further information can be obtained on the website or by contacting the Chair of the Appointments Committee, Prof. Dr. Alice Pechriggl (alice [dot] pechriggl [__at__] aau [dot] at).

We regret that the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt cannot reimburse applicants’ travel and lodging expenses incurred as part of the selection and/or hiring process.

Aarhus University,
August 21, 2015
2 postdocs, 1 PhD at Aarhus University (Denmark) / Intuitions in Science and Philosophy
November 1, 2015

The project Intuitions in Science and Philosophy hires

- 2 postdocs and
- 1 PhD student.

Application deadline: 01/11/2015.

The Sapere Aude project Intuitions in Science and Philosophy, funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research and led by Samuel Schindler, will investigate the role and nature of intuitive judgements in science and philosophy. Whereas intuitive judgements in philosophy have been much debated in recent years, little attention has been paid to intuitive judgments in science. This is where the project will step in. In particular, it will investigate intuitive judgements in thought experiments in physics and in the form of acceptability judgements in linguistics. The results of these investigations will be related to debates about the evidential function of intuitive judgements in philosophy.

The project will cooperate with several renowned scholars in the field and organize two major conferences and a workshop. Each of the project members will be able to visit the project’s cooperation partners abroad. The starting date is negotiable. The project duration is four years. The tasks of the team members will be roughly as follows:

Postdoc position 1 (2 years): “Justifying intuitive judgments”. Together with the PI of the project, the postdoc will, amongst other things, conduct qualitative and quantitative surveys. Knowledge of statistics, experimental design and/or experimental philosophy would be an advantage, but is not required.

Postdoc position 2 (2 years): “Histories of thought experiments”. In a set of extended historical case studies the postdoc will investigate the role intuitive judgments in thought experiments have played in theory choice. The applicant can be a philosopher, but should have strong interests and competences in the history of science (and ideally, physics).

PhD student (3 years): “Justifying intuitive judgements in linguistics”. The PhD student will inquire into the justification of the use of acceptability judgements in linguistics. For that purpose, the student (trained in philosophy or linguistics) will, amongst other things, conduct qualitative and quantitative surveys. Knowledge of statistics, experimental design and/or linguistics would be an advantage, but is not required.

The project will be located at the Centre for Science Studies at the Department of Mathematics and associated with the Department of Philosophy at Aarhus University. The project members are expected to move to Aarhus. The project language is English. Also teaching in English is possible.

For further information and questions contact Samuel Schindler (sks [__at__] css [dot] au [dot] dk) or visit

Aarhus University,
August 21, 2015
Professor/associate professor in science studies
October 15, 2015

The Centre for Science Studies invites applications for the position of full professor or associate professor (depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate) in science studies with an expected starting date of February 2016. Deadline for applications is 12/10/2015.

We seek applicants with academic expertise in either one or several of the following areas: history of science, technology, or mathematics, philosophy of science, science communication, or related areas.

The Centre seeks to strengthen its research by attracting excellent researchers. The successful candidate is expected to take an active interest in developing the research profile of the Centre in collaboration with the other staff members.

The Centre teaches philosophy of science courses to almost all bachelor students at the Faculty of Science and Technology. The appointee is expected to take responsibility for one or more of these courses.

The Centre also has its own Master’s Programme in science studies. The appointee is expected to teach courses within this programme and engage in the development of new courses.

Moreover, the appointee will be expected to participate in all aspects of the Department’s activities and to be present on a daily basis.

The Centre for Science Studies is placed within the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology. The centre ranks as one of the major centres for the history and philosophy of science, technology, and mathematics in Europe. For more information about the Centre, please

Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Niels O. Nygaard, phone +45 8715 5785, email niels [dot] nygaard [__at__] math [dot] au [dot] dk

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität ,
August 11, 2015
Assistant Professorship (non-tenure-track) in Philosophy of Physics
September 3, 2015

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) and the Chair of Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion at LMU Munich seek applications for an Assistant Professorship (non-tenure-track).

Candidates are expected to conduct research in the philosophy of physics. The position is for three years with the possibility of extension for another three years. Note that there is no tenure-track option. The appointment will be made within the German A13 salary scheme (under the assumption that the civil service requirements are met), which means that one has the rights and perks of a civil servant. The starting date is November 1, 2015, but a later starting date is also possible. (Please let us know if you wish to start at a later date.)

The appointee will be expected to (i) do research in the philosophy of physics, (ii) teach five hours a week, and (iii) take on management and supervision tasks. The successful candidate will have a PhD in philosophy and some teaching experience in philosophy. Applications (including a cover letter that addresses, amongst others, one's academic background and research interests, a CV, a list of publications, a list of taught courses, a sample of written work of no more than 5000 words, a description of planned research projects of 1000-1500 words, and concrete ideas for grant proposals which can be sent to German or European funding agencies) should be sent by email (ideally everything requested in one PDF document) to office [dot] hartmann [__at__] lrz [dot] uni-muenchen [dot] de by September 3, 2015. Hard copy applications are not accepted. Additionally, two confidential letters of reference addressing the applicant's qualifications for academic research should be sent to the same address from the referees directly.

For further information, please contact Prof. Stephan Hartmann (S [dot] Hartmann [__at__] lmu [dot] de).

Düsseldorf ,
August 3, 2015
2 PhD positions
September 30, 2015

The department of Philosophy at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf is inviting applications for two PhD positions (E 13 TV-L, 65%) in the context of an interdisciplinary project on the relation between mental representations and linguistic meaning. The project, which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is part of the Sonderforschungsbereich/Collaborative Research Centre 991 (SFB/CRC 991 – Project D02). Both positions start on 01.01.2016 and are fixed-term for one year with the possibility of an extension until 30.06.2019. Both candidates should hold an MA degree in philosophy and be fluent in English. The ideal candidate has a strong background in philosophy of mind or in philosophy of language.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 30.09.2015. Please direct your application in German or English with the usual documents (CV, list of publications, certificates, etc.) via e-mail to the director of the project Prof. Gottfried Vosgerau (vosgerau [__at__] phil [dot] uni-duesseldorf [dot] de). For more details see the abstract of D02:

Universität Witten-Herdecke,
July 11, 2015
Professor for the Philosophical Foundation of Psychology
July 31, 2015

Universitätsprofessur für Philosophische Grundlagen der Psychologie (W2-analog)
Fakultät für Gesundheit - Department für Psychologie und Psychotherapie

An der Fakultät für Gesundheit der Universität Witten/Herdecke, Department für Psychologie und Psychotherapie ist zum Wintersemester 2016/17 die Universitätsprofessur für Philosophische Grundlagen der Psychologie (W2-analog) zu besetzen.

Die Universität Witten/Herdecke wurde als erste private Universität in Deutschland im Jahr 1982 gegründet. Die Studiengänge der Fakultät für Gesundheit (Humanmedizin, Zahnmedi-zin, BA/MA Pflegewissenschaft, B. Sc. /M. Sc. Psychologie, weitere berufsbegleitende MA-Studiengänge) zeichnen sich durch problemorientiertes Lernen, große Praxisnähe und Patientenorientierung, differenzierte Auswahlverfahren, Stärkung der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung sowie durch intensive studentische Partizipation aus.


Die neue Professur soll in Lehre und Forschung die philosophischen Grundlagen der Psychologie vertreten. Ein Forschungsschwerpunkt an der Schnittstelle von Philosophie und Psychologie ist erforderlich. Erwünscht ist dabei insbesondere eine ausgewiesene Expertise in einem der folgenden Bereiche: Erkenntnis- /wissenschaftstheoretische Grundlagen der Psychologie, Embodiment oder Bewusstseinsforschung. In der Lehre sollen in den BSc- und MSc-Studiengängen des Departments die erkenntnistheoretischen, methodologischen, ethischen und wissenschaftshistorischen Grundlagen der Psychologie und – soweit möglich auch der Psychotherapie – aus philosophischer Perspektive behandelt werden.

Die Studiengänge Psychologie und Psychotherapie (B.Sc.) und Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapiewissenschaft (M.Sc.) zeichnen sich durch eine klinische Ausrichtung aus; seitens der Stelleninhaberin/des Stelleninhabers ist die Bereitschaft zur Anwendung und Weiterentwicklung von neuen Lehr- und Prüfungsformen sowie eine Aufgeschlossenheit gegenüber dem klinischen Ausbildungs- und Forschungsumfeld der Fakultät erwünscht.


Einstellungsvoraussetzung ist die Habilitation oder eine gleichwertige wissenschaftliche Leistung nach einem Studium der Psychologie oder einem anderen einschlägigen Fach. Die Fakultät sucht in Lehre und Forschung international ausgewiesene Persönlichkeiten. Soziale Kompetenz, ein teamorientierter Arbeitsstil und die Fähigkeit zur erfolgreichen Drittmitteleinwerbung werden vorausgesetzt. Erwartet wird die Sicherstellung der Lehre im jeweiligen Fachgebiet für Studierende der Fakultät für Gesundheit.

Die Universität Witten/Herdecke lebt den Vielfaltsgedanken ausdrücklich ( Sie verfolgt das Ziel, die Vielfalt ihrer Mitglieder zu fördern und berücksichtigt die Kompetenzen und Besonderheiten, die diese z.B. aufgrund ihres Alters oder ihrer körperlichen Konstitution mitbringen. Eine Erhöhung des Frauenanteils am wissenschaftlichen Personal wird proaktiv angestrebt.


Ihre Bewerbung mit tabellarischem Lebenslauf, Zeugnissen, Publikationsliste sowie Nachweisen bisheriger Lehraktivität und Drittmitteleinwerbung richten Sie bitte in elektronischer Form bis zum 31.07.2015 an den Dekan der Fakultät für Gesundheit der Universität Witten/Herdecke

Herrn Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Wirth
Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
58448 Witten

Bitte schicken Sie uns Ihre Unterlagen in einem PDF-Dokument und fügen Sie Ihrer Bewerbung das Bewerbungs-Formblatt der Fakultät für Gesundheit als gesonderte PDF-Datei bei. Das Formblatt können Sie beim Dekanat unter der Adresse marlies [dot] guenther [__at__] uni-wh [dot] de anfordern.
Telefon: 02302 926 700
marlies [dot] guenther [__at__] uni-wh [dot] de

University of Helsinki,
July 11, 2015
POSTDOCTORAL POSITION (research project:: Dependence and Independence in Logic)
August 20, 2015

Applications are invited for a 3-year


for a fixed term from October 1, 2015 to August 31, 2018 (35 months) associated
with the Academy of Finland project, "Dependence and Independence in Logic:
Foundations and Philosophical Significance".

The project is led by Professor Gabriel Sandu and also includes funding for
3-year post-doctoral position from September 1, 2016 onwards (and will be
advertised later on).

This is an interdisciplinary project which will focus on the systematic
analysis of notions of dependence and independence that have emerged from
recent work in logic (Independence Friendly-Logic, Dependence Logic,
Independence Logic, Modal Dependence Logic, etc) in contrast to counterfactual
notions of dependence/independence based on the work of Lewis and Stalnaker
(closest possible world) and causal notions of dependence (Pearl).

There is some flexibility in the exact research area of the postdoc, but it
should have a clear bearing on one of the project's central goals, which

1. The development of extensions of dependence/independence logics with modal,
epistemic and probabilistic notions.
2. The study of the differences between functional, probabilistic and causal
notions of dependence/independence in relation to their explanatory role in
recent applications (social choice theory, quantum theory, linguistics).
3. The significance of dependence/independence logics for philosophy of logic
and foundations of mathematics.

The salary will be 3 140 euros per month. It is based on levels 5/3 in the
salary system of Finnish universities.

Applications addressed to Professor Gabriel Sandu, with the required enclosures
(1. a cover letter describing the candidate?s research interests and his/hers
academic background, 2. list of publications, and 3. CV) must be e-mailed to:
sandu [__at__] mappi [dot] helsinki [dot] fi (as one file).

The deadline for applications is August 20, 2015 at 15:45. The decision will be
communicated to the successful candidate by the end of August.

For further information please contact Professor Gabriel Sandu, +358 2941
29232, sandu [__at__] mappi [dot] helsinki [dot] fi.

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.