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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student positions (up to 13) in History and Philosophy of Science, Vienna, AUSTRIA

University of Vienna,

Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, in cooperation with the
Faculties of Life Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy/Education and Physics,

The Doctoral Program (?DK program?) ?The Sciences in Historical,
Philosophical and Cultural Contexts? announces the award of

up to 7 fully paid doctoral student positions (Category a) and
up to 6 associate positions (Category b, for students with other basic

for up to 4 years beginning 1 October 2014.

With the support of the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), the University
of Vienna offers a Ph.D. program, the aims of which are: to offer a
structured interdisciplinary curriculum in History, Philosophy and
Cultural Studies of Science with the collaboration of international
visitors, and to make possible the joint supervision of dissertations by
historians/philosophers of science and natural scientists/mathematicians.

Positions in the program are funded for up to 3 years; PhD students who
complete 6 months stay abroad will be awarded a 4th year of support.
Participation in the curriculum is required; members of the DK program (in
Category a and Category b) must therefore reside continuously in Vienna.
Participation once or more in the annual ?Vienna International Summer
University? in the first half of July is also part of the program.

Recipients of fully paid studentships (Collegiates, Category a) are
employed according to the provisions of the FWF and the standard labor
contract (Kollektivvertrag) of the University for 30 hours/week at the
University of Vienna. Involvement in teaching is possible beginning in the
second year of the program; remuneration for such activity will be
additional to basic funding. Health and social insurance will be covered
by the University. Tuition fee exemption, additional support for students
with children, and funding for research and research related travel
expenses are included.

Associates of the program (Category b) are not employed by the University
within the framework of the DK program, but may enter into other
research-related employment ? including employment by the University of
Vienna. Associates must complete all curriculum requirements and also have
the right to apply for funding for research or research related travel

Employment requirements: Completed advanced degree
(Magister/Diplom/Master) in History, Philosophy, History of Science,
History and Philosophy of Science, a relevant natural, social or cultural
science or Mathematics. Applicants with one or more relevant BA/BSc
degrees may be considered in exceptional cases.

Proposed research topics should be relevant to at least one of the topic
areas of the DK program. Information on the program?s aims, faculty, topic
areas and possible dissertation topics can be found at the following web

For information about the ?Vienna International Summer University,? see
the web site:

Projects in other topic areas are permissible, with appropriate explanation.

Application procedure:

An application for a studentship (Category a) or an associate position
(Category b) in the DK program, ?The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical
and Cultural Contexts? must be supported by the following documentation in
German or English:

- A cover letter stating the reasons for applying;

- Curriculum vitae;

- Documentation of previous studies and copies of all university degrees

- A brief expos of the proposed dissertation project (maximum 5 pages)
with bibliography (maximum one page), stating the relation of the proposed
project to the research topic areas of the program (see web site) or the
reasons for proposing a project outside the topic areas;

- Two letters of recommendation, one of which being preferably from the
advisor of the latest degree thesis. These should be sent separately by
the deadline date either by E-mail or by post to the Coordinator (address

Applications for paid studentships (Category a) and for Associate
positions (Category b) must be submitted with the same supporting
materials. Applicants for paid studentships (Category a) may be offered
associate positions (Category b).

Deadline and Addresses for applications:

Applications will be considered during April and May, and admissions
announced by the end of June 2014. Short listed applicants will be invited
to Vienna for a personal interview. Applicants residing in Europe will
receive reimbursement for travel to the interview; applicants residing
outside Europe will be interviewed by telephone or video conference. Study
in the program will begin on 1 October 2014.

Applications are due by 17 March 2014, and may be addressed to the Job
Center of the University of Vienna, Universittsring 1, 1010 Vienna,
Austria ( (key number 4638), or directly to the DK
program, ?The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts?
via Application by E-mail with
attachments (MS Word or PDF format please) is preferred; applications by
post should be sent via priority air mail (latest postmark: 17 March).

Contact for inquiries:

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Mitchell Ash: Tel.: +431 4277 40837 (Administrator: -


Prof. Dr. Gerd B. Mller: Tel. +431 4277 56700 (Administrator: - 56701)

Prof. Dr. Carola Sachse: Tel.: +431 4277 41207 (Administrator: - 41218)

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Stadler: Tel.: +431 4277 41209 (Administrator: - 41229)

Coordinator: Univ.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Jrme Segal: Tel.: +431 4277 40872