Post Doc, Vienna, Applied Epistemology and Philosophy of Science

Below is the formal job ad for a one-year postdoc attached to my chair
(Applied Epistemology and Philosophy of Science). The normal load is two
courses (of 90 minutes per week, and taught in a seminar-style of
student presentations followed by discussion). The choice of topics for
these courses is negotiable. There would normally be an expectation that
one of the four courses is a "bread-and-butter course": e.g.
"Introduction to philosophical argumentation". But three of the four
could be related to your own research interests. This is a "replacement"
position, covering for Dr Delia Belleri who moves to a
Humboldt-Fellowship in Hamburg for a year. You are also expected to do
some research work. Please submit an outline of what you intend to do.
Note that knowledge of German is not necessary. We are trying to
increase the number of courses taught in English. Please contact me via
email in case you need more information. I am on holiday until August
15th but will try to answer as soon as I can.


The University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of
study, approx. 9.700 members of staff, more than 92.000 students) seeks
to fill the position as soon as possible of a

University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Philosophy
to 31.07.2017.

Reference number: 6854

The advertised position is situated in the Department of Philosophy in
the Faculty of Philosophy and Education. The Department is large (by
international comparison) and its members have a considerable variety of
areas of competence. This motivates both the duty to offer a teaching
programme that spans the full breadth of the discipline, and the
intention to satisfy high standards of research performance. The
Department attaches great value to the core areas of philosophy, but it
also has the aim to contribute to the philosophical discussion of
current problems in philosophy. The intention to acknowledge new
philosophical developments and tasks is reflected in the number of
co-operations and research fields of the department.

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48
VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the
assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
The main task is to do postdoctoral work in the fields of philosophy of
science or epistemology. A description of the Habilitation project must
be part of the application papers. Philosophy of science and
epistemology at the University of Vienna comprises the following main
areas: (a) general philosophy of science (b) epistemology (c)
philosophies of specific sciences (d) mathematical philosophy (e)
experimental philosophy (f) ethics and politics of science (g)
philosophy of the history and sociology of science (h) philosophy of
technology, and (i) knowledge and gender (j) science and politics (k)
other philosophical areas and themes that are important for
understanding science and technology Other tasks are: to participate in
research and administration at the Department of Philosophy in the
research area of philosophy of science and epistemology and holding
classes due to extent regulations of wage agreement.

To be successful, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:
- PhD in philosophy
- publications and research talks in at least one of the areas listed
- appropriate teaching experience, and
- ability to work as a member of a team.

Your application should have the following components:
- academic CV (including certified copies of academic degrees)
- list of publications
- a Habilitation project outline of about 3,000 words
- the PhD thesis
- two published papers and
- two letters of recommendation

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Philosophy, Ethics
Theory of science;Philosophy;Epistemology SHOULD

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should
be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna
( no later than 24.08.2016, mentioning
reference number 6854.

For further information please contact Kusch, Martin +43-1-4277-46422.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values
equal opportunities, as well as diversity
( The University lays special emphasis
on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions.
Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 6854

Prof. Dr. Martin Kusch

ERC Advanced Grant Project (2014-2019):
"The Emergence of Relativism"

Department of Philosophy
University of Vienna
NIG Building (room A 330, 2nd floor)
Universitätsstraße 7
Phone (office): +43-1-4277-46422

Secretary: Mrs. Ernestine Umscheider (9am to 1pm)
Phone (secretary): +43-1-4277-46402


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