Vacancies

Call for Applications

The Ruhr-University Bochum is inviting applications for the positions of

one Post-Doc Research Associate (TV-L E13, 100%, including social benefits; 3 + 1 years)

and

one PhD-Student (TV-L E13, 65%, including social benefits; 3 years)
or
one Post-Doc Research Associate (TV-L E13, 100%, including social benefits; 2 years)

within the Emmy-Noether Research Group From Perception To Belief and Back Again under the direction of Peter Brössel. (A third position will be advertised later.) The positions will start May 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (for a Post-Doc position) or a Master’s degree (for a PhD-student position) in philosophy or in cognitive science, respectively. Alternatively, the candidate can provide a confirmation letter by the university stating that the PhD or Master’s thesis has been submitted. In addition, the appointee will have at least one of the following areas of specialization: cognitive science, epistemology (formal or non-formal epistemology), philosophy of cognition, philosophy of language, or philosophy of science. The appointee will be expected to carry out research relevant for the aims of the research project. The positions come without teaching obligations and no German language competency is required. An excellent command of English is necessary.

We offer a highly productive research environment and the possibility for collaborating with international renowned philosophers and cognitive scientists. The research group is led by Peter Brössel (PI). Peter Gärdenfors (Lund) will visit the group as a  Mercator Visiting Professor for extended periods of time. Recurring international visitors of the group include Igor Douven (Paris-Sorbonne), Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck), Jakob Hohwy (Monash), Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh), and Susanna Siegel (Harvard). Further information about partners and visitors and planned collaborations can be found here. (The overall budget of the research group is more than 1.2 million euro and it includes travel allowance and money for various international visitors and workshops.)

The research group will be located at the Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution and the Department of Philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum, which will also host one half of the Research Training Group “Situated Cognition“.

The Ruhr-University Bochum is a certified family-friendly institution and is committed to furthering the compatibility between work/studies and family life. The university is a highly committed equal opportunity employer and strives to work towards a gender balance in schools or departments where new appointments are made. Furthermore, given equal qualification, individuals with disabilities will be favored.

The applications should include:

for a Post-Doc position: (i) short letter of motivation, (ii) CV, (iii) certificates and transcripts of records, (iv) list of publications, (v) a research project relevant for the research aims of the project (500-1000 words), and (vi) two writing samples (of no more than 15,ooo words each). Please do not send letters of recommendation without request. If the applicant does not have a PhD certificate, the applicant should submit a letter by the university confirming that the thesis has been submitted.

for a PhD-student position: (i) short letter of motivation, (ii) CV, (iii) certificates and transcripts of records, (iv) list of publications (if applicable), (v) a research project relevant for the research aims of the project (200-500 words), and (vi) one or two writing samples (e.g. a chapter of the master’s thesis or a paper). Please do not send letters of recommendation without request. If the applicant does not have a Master’s degree, the applicant should submit a letter by the university confirming that the thesis has been submitted.

For questions please contact Peter Brössel directly. Applications should be send by email (ideally, all requested documents in just one PDF document) under the subject line “Application Emmy Noether” to

peter.broessel@rub.de

Application deadline is February 15th, 2017, 23:59 (MET)