[lit-ideas] : Six-year postdoc at the University of Vienna

  • From: Adriano Palma <Palma@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 15:03:28 +0000

Dear all, unfortunately the school decided to eliminate post docs. Interested
students are invited to check out the opportunities in neighboring areas. Here
is one of the that is prolonged in time and of broad disciplinary interest.

On Behalf Of Martin Kusch
Sent: 18 May 2015 11:55
Subject: Six-year postdoc at the University of Vienna

This is “early-bird” information for a six-year postdoc position at the
University of Vienna, and attached to my chair in “Philosophy of Science and

The post will be officially advertised on August 1st, and you can apply only
between August 1st and August 21st. The job starts on October 1st.

The post required its holder to produce a “Habilitation”, (i.e. an original
monograph) on a topic in the areas of philosophy of science and/or epistemology
widely understood (see the list of topic areas below).
You do NOT have to have done your previous degrees in Austrian or
German-speaking universities. The teaching requirement amounts to two courses
of 90 minutes per term. These can be lectures or reading-group-style seminars
for undergraduate or master students, often relating to your research work. The
administrative load is slim.

This position is not part of the ERC Advanced Grant Project on relativism
(relating to which I have advertised several postdoc positions recently).

We strongly encourage women to apply. (Of the eight people appointed in my unit
over the past six years, five have been women.) The previous holder of the
post, Dr. Velislava Mitova, is about to take up a position as associate
professor at the University of Johannesburg.

The most important part of your application should be an outline of your
Habilitation monograph. This can be sketchy and might change later on, but
should convince us of your potential for such a contribution.

Finally, the linguistic requirement (learning German in three years) is
interpreted here in a very lenient way. In fact, we do need colleagues willing
to teach in English. And we do not check up on your German after three years.

Please contact me for any question you might have.


At the University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of
study, approx. 9.400 members of staff, more than 90.000 students) is vacant the
position of a

University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Philosophy

Identification number of advertisement: 5780

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.

Duration of contract: 6 years.

Extent of Employment: 40.0 hours/week

Occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr.
B1 lit. b (postdoc) On top of this relevant chargeable work experience
determines the assessment to a particular salary grade.

Areas of work:
The main task is to produce a publishable "Habilitation" in the field 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 above
- appropriate teaching experience
- ability to work as a member of a team
- the willingness to acquire, within three years from the point of appointment,
a command of the German language that is sufficient to teach at the Bachelor-
and Master-level and to participate in university committees

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 : Philosophy, Ethics Theory of
science; Epistemology

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be
submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna
(http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 21.08.2015, mentioning reference
number 5780.

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

The University of Vienna intends to increase the number of women on its
faculty, particularly in high-level positions, and therefore specifically
invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants women will
receive preferential consideration.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna Identification
number of advertisement: 5780
E-Mail: jobcenter@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Universität Wien

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