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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student fellowship in theoretical philosophy, Salzburg, AUSTRIA

The Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences at the University of
Salzburg seeks applications for a doctoral fellowship in theoretical philosophy. The appointment is
for 30 hours per week and will be made within the Austrian B1 salary scheme. The salary will be at
least 26,901 Euro per annum, as detailed in the ?Kollektivvertrag f?r die ArbeitnehmerInnen der
Universit?ten?. The appointment is for four years, and the starting date is 1 October 2014.
Applicants must have earned a Masters degree in philosophy by the start of the appointment.

The primary responsibility of the appointee will be to complete a doctoral dissertation under the
supervision of Professor Christopher Gauker. The topic of the dissertation should lie within the
area of theoretical philosophy (philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology,
metaphysics, philosophical logic, and the history of these subjects). In the philosophy of language,
Professor Gauker is especially interested in context-relativity, nonreferential semantics, the nature
of linguistic communication and the normativity of meaning. In the philosophy of mind, Professor
Gauker is especially interested in mental representation, imagistic cognition, the relation between
thought and language and interdisciplinary topics in cognitive development. However, dissertation
proposals in other areas of theoretical philosophy will be welcome as well. The appointee is also
expected to teach two hours per semester (from the third year onwards) and to assist in

The appointee will be able to complete the Ph.D. program in English. It will be expected that the
dissertation be written in English. High competence in written and spoken English will be an
advantage. Knowledge of German is not mandatory, although prior familiarity with the German
language will be an advantage.

The Department of Philosophy in Salzburg takes an analytic and interdisciplinary approach to
philosophy. The theoretical philosophy unit will be led by Professor Christopher Gauker (presently
at the University of Cincinnati). Charlotte Werndl (presently at the London School of Economics) has
been appointed to the professorship for philosophy of science. A third professor is expected to be
appointed within the next few years. In affiliation with each of these positions, the department
expects to add a tenure-track assistant professorship as well as a doctoral fellowship. The
appointee will join a newly vibrant department. There will be invited speakers, longer-term visitors,
conferences, and workshops.

The application should include a cover letter, a CV, transcripts of academic records, writing
samples totalling no more than 20,000 words, and a description of the applicant?s research
interests and possible dissertation topics. (Applicants need not commit themselves to particular
dissertation projects in advance.) In addition, applicants should have two letters of
recommendation sent electronically to Professor Christopher Gauker (
On-line interviews are expected to take place in March or April 2014.

Applications should be sent by surface or air mail, postmarked by February 12, 2014, to: Univ.-
Prof. Heinrich Schmidinger, Rektor, Universit?t Salzburg, Serviceeinrichtung Personal, Kapitelgasse
4, 5020 Salzburg, Austria. Please include the job reference number GZ A 0008/1-2014 in your

The University of Salzburg and the Department of Philosophy especially encourage applications
from women. Given equal qualification, female scholars will be preferred. Physically challenged
individuals are also especially encouraged to apply.

The official announcement of the position is here:

Information about the department may be found here:

For clarifications, please contact: Christopher Gauker,