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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student position in philosophy of science and/or epistemology, Vienna, AUSTRIA

This is a four-year full-time PhD studentship in Philosophy of Science 
and/or Epistemology at the University of Vienna starting October 1st 2013. 
There is also a teaching component of one two-hour (per week) seminar 
(usually in the area of the PhD).

Note that the successful applicant need not be able to speak German until 
three years into the job.

The deadline is July 4th, and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed 
in person or over Skype around mid-July. The interview will consist of a 
10 minute presentation by the applicant on their PhD project, and 20 
minutes of questions by the committee.

Note that among equally qualified applicants women will receive 
preferential consideration.

Since the position is linked to my chair, I'm happy to answer informal 

Martin Kusch


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)  the
position of a

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Philosophy

is vacant.

Identification number of advertisement: 4101

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, on their basis, to the clarification and solution of current
problems. 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: 30 hours/week
Occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: 48
VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
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 dissertation in the field of
philosophy of science and epistemology. A description of the dissertation
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) ethics and politics of science,
(e) philosophy of the history and sociology of science,
(f) philosophy of technology, and
(g) other philosophical areas and themes that are important for
understanding science and technology.

Other tasks are: to participate in research, teaching and administration
at the Department of Philosophy in the research area of philosophy of
science and epistemology.

The University of Vienna, more precisely the Department of Philosophy,
offers an intensive supervision of the dissertation by professors of the
Department of Philosophy. Vienna is an attractive and dynamically
developing research environment, a city with a high quality of life, in a
country with a well developed set of instruments for supporting research.


To be successful, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

- an undergraduate degree in philosophy (diploma or masters degree, or a
comparable degree)
- excellent marks
- 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-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 (insofar as you have already begun to publish)
- a dissertation project outline of about 3,000 words
- the undergraduate dissertation (Bachelor or Master); or a chapter or
paper of at least 5,000 words, and
- two letters of recommendation

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should
be sent via Job Center to the University of Vienna
( no later than 04.07.2013 and be referenced
to  the identification number 4101.

For further information please contact Wachter, Gertrud +43-1-4277-46401.

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: 4101

Prof. Martin Kusch
Department of Philosophy & Institute Vienna Circle
University of Vienna
Universitaetsstrasse 7
Phone: +43-1-4277-47622