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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Assistant professorship (3+3y) in philosophy, Bochum, GERMANY

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

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 Kln, 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 10^th 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 

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 

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


Prof. Dr. Albert Newen
Institut fr Philosophie II
Ruhr-Universitt Bochum
Universittsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

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