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Assistant Professorship in Philosophy

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  • Nadine Overkamp
    The Ruhr-University of Bochum is one of the strong research universities in Germany. The Institute for Philosophy II at the Ruhr-University of Bochum invites
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      The Ruhr-University of Bochum is one of the strong research universities in Germany. 
      The Institute for Philosophy II at the Ruhr-University of Bochum invites applications for an

      Assistant Professorship in Philosophy

      at the chair for philosophy of mind (with additional research emphasis in philosophy of language and philosophy of cognition) (Prof. A. Newen). The position starts at September 1st, 2012 and lasts for three years, with a possible prolongation of another three years.

      The assistant professorship is offered in the research unit of Prof. Dr. Albert Newen focusing on one area in theoretical philosophy that complements the ongoing research projects under his supervision. This position is open for developing a new research topic in systematic theoretical philosophy. The ideal candidate offers primarily a proposal that is complementary but has some connections to one of the main research topics:

      Ongoing research projects include:

      -          Knowing-how and Knowing-that/ Natural foundation of cognitive abilities

      -          Theory of Mind/Understanding Other Minds

      -     Self-Consciousness and Self-Deception

      -          Social Information Processing and Culture

      -          Philosophy of Mind and Language: Concepts, Reductionism, Agency and Ownership, Ontology of the Mind

      -          Animal Minds and the anthropological borderline between humans and animals

      -     Philosophy of Neurosciences or Neuroethics


      The common methodology of the projects is interdisciplinary, combining philosophical, linguistic, psychological and neurobiological approaches. They are closely connected with the center for mind, brain and cognitive evolution: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/mibra/

      The projects are realized in cooperation with the universities in Köln, Bonn, Bielefeld, Lausanne, Tilburg, Bloomington, Stanford, Macquarie University at Sidney and other external partners. The postdoc should be open for cooperation with colleagues of different subjects and from different universities while the research project can have a clear complementary research dimension.

      Profile of the Postdoc position:

      Applicants should hold an outstanding Ph.D. in Philosophy and ideally, also a degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Psychiatry or Neuroscience. Substantial expertise in at least one of these areas is required. The selected person will participate in the supervision of research projects and work with doctoral students. There will remain a lot of freedom to develop one’s own research project in systematic theoretic philosophy. Furthermore the position is open for a qualification called “Habilitation” in the German university system.


      The position is involving a teaching duty of two courses per semester. The courses can be delivered in English or German.


      The applicant need not speak German at the time of application, but should be willing to learn to teach in German.


      Applications (in English or German) are due by 10th of July 2012 and should include:

      1. A brief letter of application that addresses, among other things, one’s academic background and research interests;

      2.A proposal for a research project of 2 pages

      3.Curriculum vitae including a list of publications, talks, conferences attended and teaching experience

      4.Copies of all certificates

      5.Please attach exactly one (!) article


      One confidential letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s qualifications for an outstanding postdoc research. This should be sent from the referee directly or from a letter service. All documents of the candidate should be send electronically. We do not resend any material.


      Applications (via e-mail until the 10th of July 2012), as well as any questions, should be directed to:


      Prof. Dr. Albert Newen

      Institut für Philosophie II

      Ruhr-Universität Bochum

      Universitätsstr. 150

      44801 Bochum


      Further information: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/staff/newen/

      Ruhr-Universität Bochum
      Institut für Philosophie II
      Sekretariat Prof. Dr. Albert Newen
      GA 3/151
      Tel.: 0234/32-28139
      Fax: 0234/32-14963
      mail to: nadine.overkamp@... 
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