Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

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

Université de Neuchâtel,
February 23, 2015
4-year PhD fellowship
March 31, 2015

The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel ( offers a 4-year PhD fellowship within Fabrice Correia’s SNSF Consolidator project


The project will be linked to eidos, the Centre for Metaphysics (


August 1st, 2015. A later date may be considered, depending on the availability of the candidate.


Our common representation of the world appears to involve a number of substantial metaphysical views about time and its occupants, in particular the view that there is an objective distinction between past, present and future, the view that time passes or flows, or again the view that time is occupied both by events and things, the former unfolding along the temporal dimension and the latter persisting and changing through time while remaining numerically the same. Recently, these theses have been subject to a form of scepticism, which purports to show that the very distinctions they explicitly endorse or at least presuppose are in fact illusory. Even if it is granted that the relevant distinctions do make sense, a number of arguments taken from contemporary physics have been put forward against the common sense views. The aim of the project is twofold: (1) to argue, against the sceptical stances, that the distinctions in question are robust, and (2) to assess the prospects of a reconciliation of contemporary physics and commonsense. The core working hypothesis of the project is that both aims can be achieved in terms of relevant concepts of “fundamentality”, “grounding”, “what is really the case”, and cognate notions.


The ideal candidate has a strong background in both contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of contemporary physics. The appointee will be expected to work on a topic related to the project.


Neuchâtel is part of the French-speaking area of Switzerland, but for the purposes of the position only English is compulsory.


Applications must be sent by e-mail to Fabrice Correia (fabrice [dot] correia [__at__] unine [dot] ch) by March 31st, 2015. They should include a CV, a list of publications, a writing sample and the name of two persons who can act as referees if contacted.

For further information, please contact Fabrice Correia (fabrice [dot] correia [__at__] unine [dot] ch).

University of Aberdeen,
United Kingdom
February 22, 2015
Elphinstone PhD Scholarship in Epistemology of Perception at the University of Aberdeen
April 30, 2015

One Elphinstone PhD Scholarship in Epistemology of Perception is available at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Aberdeen. The Scholarship covers the entirety of tuition fees for a PhD student of any nationality commencing full-time study in October 2015, for the three-year duration of their studies.

The successful PhD student will be supervised by Dr Luca Moretti (main supervisor and Dr Fed Luzzi (associate supervisor).

The applicant should select one of the following research projects:

1) Topics in Epistemology of Perception

Epistemology of perception investigates whether and how we acquire knowledge or justified belief through perception. These important questions are interwoven with a number of issues and problems hotly debated in current epistemology. Here are examples: perceptual scepticism (whether we actually know the external world through perception); basic knowledge or justification (whether perception can provide us with knowledge or justified belief even if its reliability is unwarranted); perceptual dogmatism (according to which, roughly, perceptual appearances are sources of basic justification); cognitive penetration (the awkward phenomenon that appearances’ contents somewhat depends on background mental states); epistemic entitlement theories (according to which we have non-evidential epistemic justification for accepting empirical propositions of certain types). A PhD thesis should focus on one of these issues or a combination of them (e.g. dogmatism and cognitive penetration; or epistemic entitlement and perceptual scepticism) and contribute original research results to the relevant debate.

2) Liberalism versus Conservatism in Epistemology of Perception

According to liberalism, if you have an experience as if P, you acquire prima facie justification for believing that P that doesn’t require independent justification for taking your experience to be reliable. Conservatism, on the other hand, states that you have justification for believing that P, when you experience as if P, only if you possess independent justification for taking your experience to be reliable. In current epistemology of perception, Jim Pryor for instance defends liberalism by appealing to perceptual dogmatism. Crispin Wright endorses conservatism by adducing his epistemic entitlement theory to explain why we have independent justification for taking our experience to be trustworthy. Conservatism and liberalism have different merits and problems. For example, liberalism offers a neat response to perceptual scepticism but seems to yield "easy" justification, looks incoherent with Bayesian reasoning, and is threatened by the awkward phenomenon of cognitive penetration. Conservatism is not affected by these difficulties but engenders scepticism unless a credible explanation of why we have independent justification for taking experiences to be reliable is provided. A PhD thesis should analyse this important debate and contribute original research outcomes to the conversation on this topic.

3) Epistemological Disjunctivism in Epistemology of Perception

The defining thesis of epistemological disjunctivism in philosophy of perception roughly says that only the cases of veridical perception can provide us with justification for our perceptual beliefs that is strong enough to ground perceptual knowledge. This type of epistemological disjunctivism is very often based on direct (or naïve) realism––i.e. the view that whereas veridical perceptions have mind-independent objects among their constituents, subjectively indistinguishable hallucinations have just mind-dependent objects as their constituents. Epistemological disjunctivism has been claimed to be able to avoid the threat of perceptual scepticism (e.g. by John McDowell and Duncan Pritchard) and reconcile epistemological internalism with externalism (e.g. by Duncan Prichard). These claims and the very defining thesis of epistemological disjunctivism are controversial. A PhD thesis should analyse this important debate and contribute original research findings to the conversation on this topic.

To apply for an Elphinstone PhD Scholarship, you should apply for a PhD via our online system ( stating:

- "Elphinstone PhD Scholarship" in the Intended Source of Funding section
- The name of the main supervisor in the Name of Proposed Supervisor section
- The title of the specific research project in the Outline Summary section
- Candidates should simultaneously register their desire to be considered by emailing the Graduate School Administrator, Ann Marie Johnston, at a [dot] m [dot] johnston [__at__] abdn [dot] ac [dot] uk

Eligibility for an Elphinstone Scholarship is based on academic excellence. Applicants must have the equivalent to a UK 1st class or an Upper Second (2.1) Honours undergraduate degree and/or a Masters with Commendation/Merit or Distinction.

Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva,
January 25, 2015
Poste d’assistant-e de philosophie ancienne
March 28, 2015

met au concours :
1 poste d’assistant-e de philosophie ancienne

Conditions :
Etre en possession d’une maîtrise de philosophie ou d’une licence ès lettres. Avoir un projet de recherche en cours et s’engager à inscrire une thèse dans le domaine de la philosophie antique au Département.

Cahier des charges :
Il s’agit d’un poste à 7/10 e qui passera à 10/10e dès la troisième année.
L’assistant-e participera aux enseignements (en français) de Bachelor en assumant en particulier un séminaire de Travaux Pratiques.
- 2 h de séminaire hebdomadaires,
- correction de travaux, encadrement des étudiant-e-s,
- contacts suivis avec les enseignant-e-s de philosophie,
- tâches administratives

Traitement :
Fr 46’247.-- par an en 1ère année pour un(e) assistant(e) au bénéfice d’une maîtrise. Le maximum du traitement est atteint après 4 annuités (Fr 78'528.-- par an).

Entrée en fonction : 1er août 2015.

Durée du mandat :
Les assistant-e-s sont nommé-e-s pour une première période de 2 ans; la nomination est renouvelable pour deux périodes successives, respectivement de 2 ans et de 1 an.

Documents requis et délai pour le dépôt des candidatures :
- lettre de candidature,
- curriculum vitae accompagné de la photocopie du procès-verbal de maîtrise ou de licence,
- descriptif du projet de recherche.

à envoyer à
Mme la professeure Katerina Ierodiakonou, Katerina [dot] Ierodiakonou [__at__] unige [dot] ch
avant le 28 mars 2015

Dans une perspective de parité, l’Université encourage les candidatures féminines.

Department of Philosophy, University of Regensburg,
January 8, 2015
Postdoc position, "Reasoning with conditionals in a qualitative cognitive framework"
February 8, 2015

The University of Regensburg is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Position at the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy. This full-time position (tariff TV-L 13) is intended to start on April 1, 2015, but a later starting date is also possible.

The position will be devoted to "Reasoning with conditionals in a qualitative cognitive framework" and is part of a three-year project of the same title funded by the DFG. The text of the project proposal can be downloaded using the link given below.

The appointee will be expected to conduct philosophical research and participate in the organisation of the project. The ideal candidate
- has completed or is about complete his or her PhD in philosophy or a related field,
- takes a keen interest in conditionals, and
- has not only a thorough education in logic and/or philosophy, but also substantial competences in the methods used in psychology or cognitive science.

The work program of the project may be adapted moderately to the candidate's competences. A close co-operation with the DFG Special Priority Program "New Frameworks of Rationality" (SPP 1516) and the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is intended.

The University of Regensburg aims at raising the percentage of women among its academic personnel and particularly encourages female researchers to apply. Furthermore, given equal qualification, preference will be given to severely physically challenged individuals.

Applications (including a CV, a cover letter describing how the project fits the applicant's academic history and research interests, certificates, a list of publications and of taught courses, and a writing sample) should be submitted either by email (preferred) or by ordinary mail to

Prof. Dr. Hans Rott
University of Regensburg
Department of Philosophy
93040 Regensburg

Additionally, the candidates are requested to have two confidential letters of reference sent directly to the same addresses (email preferred).

Contact for further inquiries: hans [dot] rott [__at__] ur [dot] de

Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva,
December 23, 2014
"Assistant" in philosophy of emotions and mind
December 31, 2014

met au concours
un poste d’assistant(e) en
philosophie des émotions et philosophie de l’esprit
 être en possession d’une maîtrise ès lettres ou d’un titre jugé équivalent,
Cahier des charges Il s’agit d'un poste à 7/10e qui passera à 10/10e la troisième année.
Le/la titulaire du poste participera aux enseignements introductifs de première année et éventuellement à d'autres séminaires (2 à 4h. hebdomadaires durant l’année).
L’assistant(e) participera à l’encadrement des étudiants et aux tâches d’administration. Il ou elle consacrera au moins 40 % de son temps à la préparation d’une thèse de doctorat et/ou à d’autres publications scientifiques.
Traitement annuel
Fr 46’247.- par an en 1ère année pour un(e) assistant(e) au bénéfice d’une maîtrise. Le maximum du traitement est atteint après 4 annuités (Fr 78’528.- par an).
Entrée en fonction 1er février 2015
Durée du mandat
L’assistant(e) est nommé(e) pour une première période de 2 ans; la nomination est renouvelable pour deux périodes successives, respectivement de 2 ans et de 1 an.
Documents requis et délai de postulation
 une lettre de candidature
 un curriculum vitae
 une photocopie des diplômes de BA et MA avec compte-rendu des notes
 un projet de thèse
à envoyer dans un seul document pdf à Kevin [dot] Mulligan [__at__] unige [dot] ch jusqu’au 31 décembre 2014. Dans une perspective de parité, l'Université encourage les candidatures féminines. fd/141211

Anatolia College/ACT,
Thessaloniki (physical location or researcher negotiable),
December 22, 2014
Research Fellow (PhD/PostDoc) in Risks of Digital DIY Manufacturing
January 31, 2015

EC Research Project "Digital Do It Yourself” (DiDIY), Horizon 2020, ICT 31-2014-644344

30 months (starting January 2015 or soon thereafter)

Anatolia College/ACT (Thessaloniki) - physical location of researcher is negotiable

Ca. 1,900 EUR/month (gross) + travel budget + office/IT budget (= 75% position)

Principal Investigator at Anatolia College/ACT: Professor Vincent C. Müller (

Project outline: Digital Do-It-Yourself (DiDIY) is a new socio-technological phenomenon that emerges from the availability of devices that allow the non-professional a digitally precise reproduction of physical artefacts (just like the digital reproduction of data): Anybody can make anything any time. These technologies together with the growing accessibility of data through open online communities lead to new roles and relations among individuals, organizations, and society; in which the distinction between users and producers of physical artefacts is blurred, and new opportunities and risks emerge. Within the larger project (7 institutions, 2.1 mil EUR), Anatolia College/ACT will work on ethical problems and risks of these emerging technologies.

Candidate Profile: We are looking for someone with expertise in applied ethics and new technologies. Some background in philosophy is desirable but other perspectives are possible. The researcher could be a Post-Doc or a PhD student. If a student, we offer the possibility to pursue a PhD programme with the University of Reading, Department of Philosophy and/or Department of Cybernetics. Cooperation with other departments, e.g. at the University of Oxford, are also possible.

Applications (Letter of interest + CV) should be sent in a single PDF file per e-mail with the subject line “DiDIY job” to vmueller [__at__] act [dot] edu. Viewing of applications will begin on January 15th but applications until January 31st are considered.

Utrecht University,
November 22, 2014
Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy
January 5, 2015

*Job description*

Utrecht University is looking for a full professor of Theoretical Philosophy as from September 1, 2015. The chair of Theoretical Philosophy is one of the core chairs in philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and is an important point of contact within Utrecht University for questions regarding the foundations of mathematics and philosophy of science.
The professor is to play a key role in structuring the profile of research and education in Theoretical Philosophy. Where research is concerned he/she will focus on one of the sub- sections of Theoretical Philosophy, i.e. metaphysics, philosophy of science, epistemology or logic. In her/his research, the professor is to encompass theoretical philosophy in a broader sense: starting from a his/her own research focus, he/she will relate this research to other areas in (theoretical) philosophy and in other disciplines. Demonstrable affinity with formal methods is a vital part of the profile of the Utrecht research group.

The professor is director of the team of Theoretical Philosophy and participates in the bachelor’s programmes of Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence and in the master’s programme Artificial Intelligence. He/she is to contribute substantially to the research master’s programmes “Philosophy” and “History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities”.
The successful candidate is expected to play an active leading and coordinating role in his/her research group, in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, in the Faculty of Humanities, and in the university as a whole. She/he is also expected to render a significant contribution to the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities.
Finally, the professor is expected to contribute substantially to the administration of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and of the Faculty of Humanities.


The successful candidate:
• is an excellent senior researcher with a good grasp of the whole field of Theoretical Philosophy in broad outlines and with a profound knowledge of Theoretical Philosophy in one of the specific areas mentioned above, and with demonstrable affinity with formal methods in Philosophy;
• has shown the ability to set up his or her own innovative line of research, to obtain research grants and to stimulate and supervise young researchers, especially PhD students;
• is capable of international and interdisciplinary cooperation, as shown by various forms of collaboration and publications;
• is a motivating and dedicated teacher who makes use of modern teaching methods and is capable of translating his/her own research projects into a dynamic education environment, and who preferably has experience in teaching abroad;
• is able to engage in, develop and maintain cooperation networks, actively participates in international fora and manages to give his/her research projects and staff members a clear profile at an international level;
• is collaborative and shows the communicative and organisational skills required for the responsibilities entailed in this position; is, in other words, a team player with a clear capacity for leadership and with social skills;
• is able and prepared to teach in Dutch and in English. (Candidates from abroad are expected to master the Dutch language in two years’ time.)


In accordance with the present regulations, the successful candidate is offered a full-time tenure-track appointment for five years, followed by tenure after positive evaluation. The salary is € 5,003 - €7,285 gross per month for a full-time appointment.

*About the organisation*

Utrecht University has a strong ambition regarding quality of teaching and study success. This also holds for the sharp research profiles with respect to four themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Dynamics of Youth and Institutions. Utrecht University really forms part of society and contributes to answers to the social questions of today and tomorrow.
At the Faculty of Humanities there are about 900 staff members and 7000 students. The Faculty includes four domains of knowledge:
1. Philosophy and religious studies
2. History and history of arts
3. Media and culture studies and languages
4. Literature and communication

With teaching and research in these areas the Faculty wants to contribute to a better understanding of The Netherlands and of Europe in a swiftly changing social and cultural context.
The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city centre of Utrecht, where the Faculty is housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment. In addition Utrecht University offers attractive employment conditions.

*Additional information*

Are you interested? Please ask for the profile report from the HR department of the Faculty of Humanities (003130) 2536244 or hr [dot] gw [__at__] uu [dot] nl
For additional information please contact Prof.dr. M. Düwell at m [dot] duwell [__at__] uu [dot] nl


Applications, including a covering letter (with motivation) for this position, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications may be submitted via, until 5 January 2015.
The interviews with candidates will take place by the end of January 2015. The second round in the application procedure is planned for mid-February 2015.
Giving a trial lecture, submitting a research plan, as well as an assessment may form part of the application procedure.

Application should be submitted before 6 January 2015.