Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

RWTH Aachen University,
Post date: May 21, 2021
Research Assistant/Associate
Deadline: June 30, 2021

The position is for 2 years and to be filled at the earliest possible date. To the doctorate further employment of one year is provided. This is a part-time position (50% of the standard weekly hours for full-time employees). For postdoctoral employment full-time employment can be made possible. The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree. The salary corresponds to pay grade EG 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale (TV-L)

You will be entrusted with tasks in research and teaching. This includes assistance in teaching and work in the research areas of Applied Ethics. We expect you to publish research results in international, competitive journals. The job includes assistance in diverse interdisciplinary projects in applied ethics and in new research applications.

The following application documents are required: Letter of motivation, CV, research project proposal up to 750 words, certificates,publication list, either a summary and table of contents of your dissertation or the entire dissertation, and the names of two references.
Due date for applications: 15.06.2021.

Radboud University,
Post date: May 21, 2021
Assistant Professor of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology
Deadline: June 13, 2021

Employment: 0.8 FTE
The intended start date is 1 September 2021
Duration of the contract: depending on your CV, we offer a tenure-track position of 2 to 4 years, which, after positive evaluation, may be made permanent.

Job description:
As Assistant Professor of Metaphysics and Philosophical Anthropology, you will be a member of a department whose primary goals are to offer education and conduct research in the fields of metaphysics and philosophical anthropology, with a specific focus on the post-Kantian European tradition.

You will teach courses at all levels in the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in Philosophy, as well as in study programmes offered at other faculties. You will primarily teach in the fields of metaphysics and philosophical anthropology. You may also be required to teach other disciplines in philosophy as well as philosophy courses for students with a non-philosophy major. Your duties will also include individual supervision and tutoring of students (e.g. students who are writing their Bachelor's or Master's theses or follow the Research Master's programme). Furthermore, you will be involved in the development of the educational programme and of courses for the Bachelor's and Master's programmes.

Your research expertise should complement that of the current staff members, and you will conduct research in line with the research themes of the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy. The Center is a very cohesive research unit, whose members share their research in work-in-progress meetings and co-teach, co-publish and co-organise conferences. Besides collaborating with your fellow researchers, you will be involved in further developing the Center's research line and acquiring externally funded research projects.

You have a PhD in contemporary European (continental) philosophy.
You are knowledgeable in the domains of metaphysics and philosophical anthropology and well-acquainted with the European philosophical tradition, complementing the expertise of the current staff members in these fields.
You are a dedicated teacher and have university teaching experience in philosophy (preferably possessing a University Teaching Qualification (BKO) or a similar qualification, otherwise you will be asked to obtain this qualification within two years).
You are a highly competent researcher, and this is reflected in your publication record, which will be appropriate to your career stage.
You are proficient in Dutch (C2 level) and English (C1 level) or are willing to obtain these proficiencies within two to four years.

The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,746 and a maximum of €5,826 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11 or 12).
In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
The faculty has interesting staff and promotion policies and provides active career monitoring. Where possible, we take into account talent and ambitions, development and personal circumstances.

Dublin City University,
Post date: April 20, 2021
PhD scholarship on the Ethics of Carbon Pricing
Deadline: May 17, 2021

The Institute of Ethics at Dublin City University is offering a four year fully funded (stipends & fees) scholarship in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at Dublin City University. The project will be supervised by Professor Bert Gordijn and Dr. Goran Dominioni.

Research topic: Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. There is broad agreement among scholars and policymakers that a cost-effective climate change action strategy should include carbon pricing. The design and implementation of carbon pricing instruments pose questions that have important ethical components. What type of carbon pricing instrument to adopt? What price should be put on carbon? What sectors to exempt? How should carbon revenues be used? This PhD project aims to contribute to the research on the ethics of carbon pricing by i) deepening the analysis of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes by considering specific design features and ii) broadening the analysis to types of instruments currently ignored in the research. The analysis aims to provide recommendations to policymakers on the ethical design and implementation of carbon pricing.

Deadline: The strict deadline for application is: 17th of May (5 pm, UTC +1). Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in the last week of May.

What to submit: Candidates should email their applications in a single PDF file to bert [dot] gordijn [__at__] dcu [dot] ie and goran [dot] dominioni [__at__] dcu [dot] ie with “PhD in Climate & Society” in the subject line. This application must include:
1. A cover letter outlining your motivation for applying as well as your qualifications for the PhD position
2. A curriculum vitae
3. A writing sample (for example, a copy of your Master thesis)
4. Names of two referees
5. A complete version of the application form

Department of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen,
United Kingdom
Post date: April 19, 2021
James Beattie Scholarship -- Project: The Problem of Epistemic value
Deadline: April 30, 2021

This PhD fee waiver is available only for overseas students, full-time and resident, with a start date of September 2021.

This scholarship will cover the difference between home fees and overseas fees. The home fees for 2021/22 are £4,500 and overseas fees are £17,000. Thus, the value of the fee waiver will be £12,500. The successful candidate will be liable for the home portion of fees, £4,500, which will be fixed for the duration of their programme, as well as receive a stipend of £6,000 per academic year.

Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarship will be awarded for three years.

Successful scholars will undertake a package of training and career development opportunities. This will include a set number of hours of teaching or research assistance. The career development package will be phased in year-by-year and supported by relevant training.

Project: The Problem of Epistemic value

Supervisors: Dr Luca Moretti and Dr Federico Luzzi

Socrates, in Plato’s Dialogue Meno, famously asked why we should valuate knowledge more than mere true belief. This question has opened the ongoing philosophical debate about epistemic values. According to contemporary virtue epistemologists (e.g. Greco, Sosa and Zagzebski), knowledge is more valuable than true belief because it coincides with true belief arising from a successful exercise of the subject’s cognitive ability, or with true belief motivated by virtuous traits and dispositions of the subject. Other philosophers, however, have rejected the thesis that knowledge is an ultimate epistemic value, or the only one we have. Some think that acquiring true beliefs and avoiding false beliefs is the real ultimate epistemic goal (e.g. Foley), and others claim that epistemic rationality is valuable independently of knowledge and true belief (e.g. Kelly). Finally, some philosophers have argued that the sole ultimate epistemic value is understanding, rather than knowledge or true belief (e.g. Pritchard and Kvanvig).

The project aims to critically engage with this debate. The investigation should ideally find answers for the following five questions:
1) What epistemic values are there?
2) Are epistemic values intrinsically valuable or valuable because of their practical benefits? (Links with the problems of the pragmatic encroachment of epistemic notions, the debate on epistemic virtues and vices, and ethics of beliefs could be explored).
3) Are epistemic values subjective or objective?
4) Is there one ultimate epistemic value (monism), or more than one ultimate epistemic value (pluralism)?
5) What relations are there between ultimate and non-ultimate epistemic values (e.g. constitutive or instrumental)?

Käte Hamburger Kolleg Cultures of Research/ RWTH Aachen,
Post date: April 16, 2021
6 to 8 junior- (postdoc) and senior fellowships on transformations in science and technology
Deadline: May 15, 2021

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the call for 10 fellowships for the newly established Kaete Hamburger Kolleg “Cultures of Research” at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) starting in October 2021 for up to twelve months. The Kaete Hamburger Kolleg “Cultures of Research” is, by design, an interdisciplinary Institute for Advanced Studies that brings together various branches from the humanities and social sciences, as well as from the natural, life, and technical sciences. The center's interdisciplinary research focuses on a better understanding of the transformation of science in the course of its digitalization, in order to make complex systems investigable. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF) for 4 years. For further information please refer to the homepage:

We are looking forward to your applications.
Kind regards,
Gabriele Gramelsberger and Stefan Boeschen (directors of the Kaete Hamburger Kolleg “Cultures of Research”)

Gift Courses LLP,
United Kingdom
Post date: April 1, 2021
Philosophy Content Creator and Trainee Facilitator 25 hours/week, £23,400 p.a. pro rata, £27,500 p.a. pro rata after six months
Deadline: April 30, 2021

This post is being offered under the UK Government's Kickstart scheme, and as such is only open to those who are 24 or under, based int he UK, and currently on Universal Credit.

We are a fast-growing provider of online (and normally residential) courses for children, primarily homeschoolers but also for gifted children, which is the background from which this business originates. Our most popular course is philosophy, and we also offer courses in debating and improv. Our Director of Studies, Jason Buckley, is also a leading writer and teacher trainer in the field of philosophy for children (see

The successful candidate will have a wide range of duties spanning content development, marketing and, after training, assisting in the delivery of courses. You will also be involved in routine customer communications and all aspects of running the business.

For full details, see the job advert at this link: Also see what we do at

ILLC, University of Amsterdam,
Post date: March 17, 2021
Two postdoc positions in logic and language
Deadline: April 5, 2021

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at
the University of Amsterdam has two postdoc positions on
abductive reasoning in natural language. One with a duration
of three years, the other for 25 months.

The two positions are part of the NWO Open Competition
project 'A Sentence Uttered Makes a World Appear---Natural
Language Interpretation as Abductive Model Generation'. The
successful applicant will join the group of Reinhard
Muskens. The aim of the project is to explore how semantic
values are assigned to natural language expressions in a
compositional way and how the resulting values, represented
as logical expressions, are subsequently enriched by means
of abductive reasoning. The latter is studied in a tableaux

Further details on the three-year project (Computational
Modelling of Abductive Reasoning for Natural Language) can
be found here:

For the 25 months project (Abductive Inference for Natural
Language Interpretation), consult this site:

Deadline for both applications is 5 April 2021 (use the
"Apply now" link at one of the sites linked to above). Those
interested in each of the two positions need apply only

Technical University of Eindhoven,
Post date: March 9, 2021
PostDoc: Philosophy of AI
Deadline: March 22, 2021

3-year, full-time post-doc position in the Philosophy and Ethics department (Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences) at on the general theme of “Opacity in Artificial Intelligence”. The successful applicant will join a strong team of philosophers who work on AI, in a group that focuses on technology, science and applied ethics.

Outline of the project:

In recent years, philosophers have shown an increasing interest in AI. One set of philosophical questions is due to the fact that AI systems often produce an output where it is not clear why this output was produced; the system is ‘opaque’ (non-transparent) to the subjects, users, and even to the makers of the system. This raises a large number of pressing research questions, including:
1) What, exactly, is opacity in AI? 2) What is the impact of opacity and what is its ethical relevance? 3) Should the impact of opacity be reduced? 4) Can the impact of opacity be reduced, e.g. through “explainable AI”? 5) Can we have data protection or unbiased systems if they are opaque? We welcome research projects on these or related issues.

The post-doc will work with Professor Vincent C. Müller and Assistant Professor Emily Sullivan; they will be part of a strong research group on the philosophy of AI and the philosophy of technology, generally. The Philosophy & Ethics department has recently hired four Assistant Professors and is advertising 3 PhD positions on similar themes together with this post-doc position. Our working language is English.

- Details on the official page -

At the same time we are also opening three fully-funded 4-year PhD positions on the themes of explainable AI, cognitive science, and philosophy of science/social epistemology. All applicants will be considered for all three positions.

PhD Position A: Norms of Explainable AI
PhD Position B: Cognitive Science of AI
PhD Position C: Philosophy of Science/Social epistemology

Research Training Group 2073 (Leibniz University Hanover / Bielefeld University, Germany),
Hannover / Bielefeld,
Post date: March 8, 2021
5 Doctoral Candidates in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science
Deadline: May 6, 2021

Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University (Germany) invite applications for positions for
5 Doctoral Candidates (all genders; salary scale E13 TV-L, 65%) in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science
starting 1 October 2021, within the Graduiertenkolleg (research training group) GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”. The positions are limited to 30 September 2024. At least two of the positions are expected to be located at Leibniz University Hannover and at least two at Bielefeld University. Application deadline: 6 May 2021. For further information and our Application Guide, please see

Technical University of Eindhoven,
Post date: January 22, 2021
2 Lecturers in Ethics (part-time)
Deadline: February 4, 2021