Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

Leibniz Universität Hannover/Bielefeld University,
Post date: February 28, 2018
3 PhD positions in ethics of science/philosophy of science
Deadline: May 20, 2018

Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University jointly seek to fill

3 Doctoral Candidate Positions (65% TV-L 13)
in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science

starting October 1, 2018, within the Graduiertenkolleg (research training group) GRK 2073 "Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research".

Initial appointment will be for 1.5 years. Given the successful extension of the GRK’s funding period, the position is renewable for another 1.5 years. The positions will be filled as 65% Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter positions on salary scale TV-L 13. (This amounts to a monthly net salary roughly between 1500 and 1600 €, plus benefits such as health insurance.) Two of the positions are expected to be located at Leibniz Universität Hannover and the other one at Bielefeld University.

GRK 2073 "Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research" is a research training group that is established as a joint project by Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University. It is funded by the German national funding agency (DFG). Its research program aims at bridging the gap between practice and theory in the philosophical investigation of scientific research in two ways: firstly, it examines new connections between practical philosophy of science (ethics of science, political philosophy of science) and theoretical philosophy of science (epistemology, metaphysics); secondly, it analyzes relevant links between the material culture of the sciences (objects, equipment, experiments, practices) and the cognitive dimension of the sciences (theories, hypotheses, discourses, models). The working language of GRK 2073 is English.

Applicants should be fluent in English and able to demonstrate an interest in at least one of the two areas: practical philosophy of science (i.e., ethics and/or political philosophy of science) or theoretical philosophy of science (epistemology and/or metaphysics of science). They must hold a pertinent university degree (typically an MA degree in Philosophy or HPS) and must be eligible to enroll as doctoral students in Philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover or Bielefeld University. They need to specify a dissertation project that fits the aims of the research program of GRK 2073 as described above.

The obligations of each holder of one of the advertised positions will be to conduct research on a dissertation project that contributes to the research program of GRK 2073 and to participate in the training activities that are specified by the qualification program. Holders of the positions must enroll as doctoral students in philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover or Bielefeld University. It is expected that they take residence in the region of their respective campus.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to admissions [__at__] philos [dot] uni-hannover [dot] de and must be received by May 20, 2018. Please consult by all means our application guide for further information on how to apply (as well as on the research training group and the positions offered):

For informal enquiries please contact Rafael Ugarte Chacón (rafael [dot] ugarte [dot] chacon [__at__] philos [dot] uni-hannover [dot] de).

Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University both aim to promote women within the scope of the statutory provisions and, hence, emphatically invite qualified women to apply for these positions. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.

University of Greifswald,
Post date: February 1, 2018
Lecturer of Didactics of Philosophy (part-time 50%)
Deadline: February 18, 2018

The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Greifswald is looking for a Lecturer of Didactics of Philosophy (part-time). For full details on the opening (in German), please follow the URL below.

IDEA Centre, University of Leeds,
United Kingdom
Post date: January 29, 2018
PhD Studentships in Applied Ethics
Deadline: March 9, 2018

The Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre offers a Studentship in Applied Ethics, broadly construed, to a high quality candidate for its full-time or part-time PhD programme. The studentship is tenable for 3yr (f-t) or 5yr (p-t) from September/October 2018 and has both tuition and maintenance components: academic fees will be will be covered at the UK/EU rate and the maintenance provided at the standard Research Councils UK stipend rate [currently £14,553 for 2017/18, tax free]. The award will be made conditionally on successful application for admission to study for PhD in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre. This application is made through the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (see admission procedure below). Renewal of the studentship each year is subject to satisfactory progress towards PhD completion.

This award is conditional on successful application for admission to study for a PhD in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre. Applications must be received by 9th March 2018 to be guaranteed consideration. After that time we will continue to accept applications until the places are filled or until 23rd April 2018 (whichever is sooner). Interviews are likely to be held in the week beginning 9th April 2018 for applications received by 9th March 2018. Interviews for later applications will be arranged as necessary.

We welcome applications from all areas of applied ethics and political philosophy whether interdisciplinary or not. Research undertaken by our current and recently graduated PhD students includes projects on climate change ethics and sustainability, post conflict justice, the problem of dirty hands, the ethics of international trade, engineering ethics, virtue ethics and military conduct, the ethics of healthcare resource allocation, the role of empathy in a virtuous life, the ethics of surveillance, assisted suicide, and moral responsibility.

For more information on the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre see

Candidates for PhD in the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre are able to take advantage of a professional training and development scheme for postgraduates which is provided through the Faculty of Arts “LEAP” Training Hub.

As part of their professional development, the Centre will require the successful applicant to undertake teaching for the Centre, after having undertaken any necessary training, which is paid at an hourly rate in addition to the studentship stipend. The normal expectation will be in the region of 40 hours teaching a year, but up to 80 hours a year may be available. The studentship holder will be also be expected to take a full role in the life of the Centre from the Research Activities through to the Professional Ethics Network.

The Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre also offers its PhD students financial support for conference attendance.

It is desirable that applicants have a Master’s level qualification in philosophy, but those who have a very good first degree in philosophy, or a master’s level or very good first degree in a discipline relevant to the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, and clear aptitude for the study of applied ethics, will also be considered.

Applications are welcome in all areas of applied ethics. The Centre has research interests and supervisory expertise in a wide range of areas, and particular strengths in:

• Moral psychology (especially desire, emotion, and rationality) and virtue theory;
• Ancient ethics (especially Plato and Aristotle);
• Contemporary moral theory;
• The demandingness of ethics (and gradability in moral theories);
• Political philosophy (especially political obligation);
• Emotions and ethics - the role of emotions in correct responses to ethical considerations;
• Moral development;
• Practical wisdom, practical judgment and moral expertise;
• Ethical issues in leadership and influence;
• The ethics of persuasion, including (but not limited to) rhetoric, advocacy, advertising, the public interest.
• The ethical significance of pleasure and pain (e.g. in public policy, in ethical goal-setting);
• Moral luck and punishment;
• Exploitation;
• Biomedical & Health Care Ethics;
• Psychiatric ethics (including vice and mental illness);
• Informed consent;
• Business ethics and the purpose of business;
• Professional ethics (and engineering ethics in particular);
• Integrity (in individuals and in organisations);
• Climate change and responsibility;
• Privacy and surveillance issues, including the ethics of big data;
• Artificial intelligence and robotics;
• Media ethics

Background of the Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre

Our vision is to be a world-class centre for excellence in teaching and research in professional and applied ethics. Founded in 2005 with an initial injection of nearly £3million from HEFCE, it is now self-sustaining, employs 12 full-time academics, working in partnership with host disciplines across the University to develop UG and PG teaching in applied ethics. It also has a role in supporting such developments nationally. Since its inception it has developed significant Research andProfessional Ethics Consultancy activity and has a lively programme of research seminars, research workshops and conferences to which its PGR students are expected to contribute. It has attracted charitable, professional body and learned society support for these events.

The Centre currently teaches in the following areas: Medical Ethics, Engineering Ethics, Business Ethics, Ethics and Nanotechnology, Media Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Computing Ethics, Ethics in Dentistry, Professional Ethics and Research Ethics. It would be an advantage for the successful candidate’s research to contribute to our expertise in at least one of these areas.


Lund University,
Post date: January 18, 2018
Senior Researcher
Deadline: 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
Post date: January 10, 2018
PhD Scholarships
Deadline: 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,
Post date: January 4, 2018
MacGillavry Fellowship, Tenure Track position for women in Logic and Computation
Deadline: 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
Post date: December 7, 2017
Three year full-time funded PhD Studentship in Evolutionary Ethics
Deadline: 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,
Post date: December 5, 2017
Postdoctoral position
Deadline: 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,
Post date: December 1, 2017
Full Professor (W3) of Philosophy with the Focus on Theoretical Philosophy
Deadline: 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,
Post date: November 27, 2017
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
Deadline: 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