Jobs in Philosophy in Europe

Post date: December 8, 2009
PhD position in Political Philosophy
Deadline: January 4, 2010

The Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy at the K.U.Leuven Institute of Philosophy has a vacancy for a four-year doctoral research position as part of the FWO research project “The Transparency of Governance and the Invisibility of Power. An Inquiry into the Deficiencies of Democratic Representation in Transnational Institutions” ( The candidate will conduct his or her research as a member of the Research Group on Social and Political Philosophy (RGSPP). Over the years, the RGSPP has conducted its research within the framework of a joint research program. This program aims at uncovering transformations of modern democracy’s foundational concepts as a result of the globalization processes. At present, the group consists of four senior researchers, two post-doctoral researchers, and about fourteen doctoral students from K.U.Leuven and abroad, which testifies to its distinct international profile. The RGSPP focuses on contemporary political philosophy while encouraging the dialogue between continental and analytical approaches.

Supervisor: to be specified among the staff of the RGSPP
Starting date: March 1st, 2010
Period: four years.
Salary: approx. 1650 EUR/month (net)
Profile of the candidate:
- MA in Philosophy (preferably with a thesis in Political Philosophy) or MA in Political Theory (preferably with a major in Political Philosophy)
- independent spirit, yet co-operative as a team member of the research group
- good writing skills
- a high level of proficiency in English

Task of the researcher:
The conducted research has to result in a doctoral dissertation (to be written either in Dutch or in English).
The researcher will present the results of his or her research activities both at national and international meetings and conferences. S/he will be expected to publish regularly in international, refereed journals.
The researcher is expected to participate in the joint research activities of the research group, for instance by attending its weekly seminars and by assisting in the organization of workshops or conferences. S/he is also expected to spend some of his/her research time with experts at universities abroad.
S/he will be charged with minor teaching responsibilities both at undergraduate and graduate level (max. 2 hours/week during the academic year).

If you are interested in this doctoral research position, please apply according to the instructions given at
The deadline for applications is Monday, January 4th, 2010. Interviews are scheduled for the second half of January.
For any further information, please contact A. Braeckman (toon.braeckman@kuleuven-kortrijk or by phone: +32 (0)56/24.61.62 or +32 (0)9/329.69.03)

Department of Philosophy, University of Essex,
United Kingdom
Post date: December 8, 2009
Post-doctoral Research Officer
Deadline: December 31, 2009

Ref RE951
Salary: pro rata to £29,704 per annum (approx £23,763 gross pa)
Closing date: 31/12/09

We are looking to make an appointment of a Research Officer to work on the research project Deciding for Oneself: Autonomous Judgement in History, Theory and Practice based in the Department of Philosophy. The postholder will have a research background in applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and/or theory of agency. It is our expectation that the successful candidate will have a PhD prior to taking up the post; consideration will be given, however, to candidates for whom completion of the PhD is imminent. The successful candidate will have to be an effective communicator with commitment to fostering interdisciplinary dialogue.

The AHRC funded project Deciding for Oneself is part of the Essex Autonomy Project -- a collaborative, interdisciplinary research initiative of the Philosophy Department at the University of Essex. Its aim is to investigate the ideal of self-determination in human affairs. The AHRC grant is co-directed by Prof. Wayne Martin and Dr. Fabian Freyenhagen and overseen by a distinguished international and interdisciplinary Advisory Committee. For more information see:

The appointee will participate in all aspects of the research, provide research assistance to the investigators, and pursue independent research related to the project. They will have special responsibility for cultivating the Knowledge Transfer dimension of the project. He or she will coordinate interdisciplinary research bearing on medical-legal issues, while also being centrally involved in planning and routine running of the project, including organising and overseeing events, and taking partial editorial responsibility for resulting publications.

Appointment to this post will be on a part-time (0.8 FTE) basis, fixed term for the three year duration of the project and coincide with its start on 1 April 2010.

Additional opportunities would include teaching at the department (for extra pay) and/or a part-time (20%) administrative post connected tot he AHRC project.

Georg-August-University Goettingen, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development as well as Goettingen Graduate School of Social Sciences, Germany,
Post date: December 1, 2009
20 study places and within this 10 Lichtenberg PhD scholarships for the PhD programe "Biodiversity and Society" at Goettingen University, Germany
Deadline: January 15, 2010

The Land of Lower Saxony sponsors excellent young PhD students in the course of their work
towards a doctoral degree. These funds support the PhD programme “Biodiversity and Society –
social dimensions of the protection and use of biological diversity” directed by the Göttingen
Graduate School for Social Sciences (GGG), which will begin in April 2010 under the auspices of
Prof. Dr. Rainer Marggraf from the Department for Agricultural Economics and Rural
Development. Additionally, the programme is generously endowed with Lichtenberg scholarships
(1.365 Euro per month plus 135 Euro material costs and if applicable allowances for families or
studies abroad) for three years per scholar.
In the PhD course, researchers from the following areas cooperate with the objective of developing
an interdisciplinary perspective on protecting and sustainably using biological diversity:
Agricultural Sciences (Environmental and Resource Economics, Agro-Ecology, Rural
Management, Crop Sciences), Economic Sciences (Environmental and Institutional Economics,
Production and Logistics), Social Sciences (cooperative behaviour of economic, state and social
actors), Biology (Didactics of biology, Social and Communication Psychology), Legal Studies
(International Business and Environmental Law) as well as Philosophy (Applied Philosophy and
Ethical Studies).
For further information on the core topic areas as well as on the participating scientists and scholars
please go to You can also find information on
the documents required there.
Application is asked to be send until 15. January 2010.
Please send the application in one single file (pdf) to: eschroe1 [__at__] gwdg [dot] de
For further information please contact Elke Schröder (0049 (0) 551 39-5537) and go to

London School of Economics and Political Science - Department of Philosophy,
United Kingdom
Post date: November 18, 2009
Three-year LSE Fellowship in Philosophy
Deadline: January 8, 2010

Logic and Scientific Method and Forum for European Philosophy

1 September 2010 to 31 August 2013

Salary: £31,711 to £38,391 per annum inclusive (pay award pending)

You will work half-time for the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and half-time for the Forum for European Philosophy, assisting the Director.

In the former role, you will teach and conduct research in the Department. In the latter role, you will be responsible for promoting the Forum's vision of philosophy as a meeting place for different disciplines, through the organisation of public events and the initiation and pursuit of interdisciplinary research projects.

You should have a PhD by the time of appointment and a record of excellence in teaching and research in philosophy, as well as an aptitude for event organisation. We are particularly interested in candidates with research interests in philosophy of psychology, biology, social sciences and/or cognitive sciences.

Full application details can be obtained at If you cannot download the forms, email hr [dot] recruit [dot] lec [__at__] lse [dot] ac [dot] uk or call 020 7955 7859 quoting reference TF/09/01.

For more information, please contact Professor Luc Bovens at l [dot] bovens [__at__] lse [dot] ac [dot] uk.

Applications must be received by 5:30pm on 8 January 2010. Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

We value diversity and wish to promote equality at all levels

University of St Andrews,
St Andrews,
United Kingdom
Post date: November 9, 2009
Lectureship, School of Philosophical, Anthropological & Film Studies
Deadline: December 1, 2009

Salary: £36,532 - £44,930 pa

We welcome applications from candidates working in any area of philosophy, including the history of philosophy. You will have or be about to complete a PhD in a relevant area and be able to provide evidence of outstanding research potential. The role includes teaching, supervision and examining on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching. The role also includes undertaking administrative duties as assigned by the Head of Department and/or School.

This lectureship will be available from 1 September 2010.

Informal enquiries to Professor Tim Mulgan, Head of Philosophy, via email (tpm6 [__at__] st-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk). Please quote ref: JC064/09

Application forms and further particulars are available from Human Resources, University of St Andrews, The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LB, (tel: 01334 462571, by fax 01334 462570 or by e-mail Jobline [__at__] st-andrews [dot] ac [dot] uk. The advertisement, further particulars and a downloadable application form can be found at

The University is committed to equality of opportunity.