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PhD student or postdoctoral position in theoretical philosophy of mind or cognition, Bochum (Germany), Deadline: 31 Oct 2022

Fellowship in Philosophy for PhD or Postdoc

Grant available at the Institute of Philosophy II

Ruhr-University Bochum

Call for applications


Thematic Framework: interdisciplinary philosophical project in the area of 
theoretical philosophy of mind or cognition (open for suggestions)

At the Institute of Philosophy II of the Ruhr-University in Bochum a 
fellowship for a PhD student or a postdoc is offered in the area of 
philosophy of mind and cognition in the research group of Prof. Albert 
Newen. The fellowship will be first contracted for 24 months for a postdoc 
and for 3 years for a PhD-student. Candidates should be interested in 
working out a project in the area of the philosophy of mind or cognition. 
Project suggestions are expected (max. 1 page without references; see 

Ideally the project is connected with one of ongoing projects in the group 
of Prof. Newen: 1. Theories of Understanding Others; 2. Theories of 
Self-Consciousness; 3. Theories of Emotion; 4. Philosophy of Neurosciences 
and their Explanations; 5. Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence; 6. 
Theories of Perception and Cognition; 7. Situated Cognition and Predictive 

Preconditions for the PhD candidate: The applicants are expected to have 
an excellent M.A. (or Staatsexamen degree) in Philosophy. Their area of 
expertise should be in Philosophy of Mind/Cognition, Philosophy of Science 
or Philosophy of Language and they should be familiar with at least one of 
the following areas: Cognitive Psychology, Psychiatry, Behavioral Biology, 
Artificial Intelligence or Cognitive Neuroscience.

Preconditions for the Postdoc candidate: Candidates should have an 
outstanding PhD in philosophy and, in the ideal case, an additional degree 
in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, psychiatry or 
neurosciences. Some substantial expertise in at least one of these areas 
will be expected. Furthermore, the candidate must have at least two papers 
published or accepted by peer-reviewed journals according to the European 
Science Foundation (ESF-lists).

The applicant need not speak German at the time of application but he or 
she should be willing to learn German in order to be able to engage in 
everyday conversations soon. The language for scientific conversation is 
English. Candidates should be prepared to participate in weekly meetings 
of the research group of Prof. Newen in Bochum- Thus, the fellowship 
presupposes regular presence at Ruhr-University Bochum since the project 
should be worked out in close interaction with the group of Prof. Newen.

The fellowship is available from 1st of January 2023 onwards (or later). 
The PhD-grant is 1.300 Euro per month, the postdoc fellowship is 2.350 
Euro per month. The funding is available for a period of two years (in the 
case of a postdoc-project), three years (in the case of a PhD-project).

Application documents (we only accept electronic applications): Please 
send your application to <mailto:sekretariat-newen@rub.de> 

Your application should consist of max. three PDF files. The first one is 
to include your personal documents: an outline of your own planned 
research project of 1 page, CV, copies of certificates and records, list 
of your publications, talks, conferences you attended and courses you 
held; names of 2 referees. The other PDF files to be attached should be: 
(a) in the case of a PhD candidate either one chapter of the MA-thesis or 
one manuscript at least ready for submission or one published article or 
(b) in the case of a postdoc candidate your best two publications (must 
have been published or accepted, if accepted but not published then add 
the letter of acceptance of the journal).

Deadline of application: 31st of October 2022

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