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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral position in theoretical philosophy, Konstanz, GERMANY


Post-Doc position in Theoretical Philosophy, University of Konstanz, 
Deadline: 20 April 2014

The University of Konstanz, with its ?Institutional Strategy to promote 
Top-Level Research?, has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 
within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal 
and State Governments.

At the Department of Philosophy (Theoretical Philosophy / Prof. Dr. Thomas 
Mller) there is currently a vacancy for a

     Full-time Post-Doc Position
     (Salary Scale 13 TV-L)

The position will be available at project start in May 2014; a later 
starting date is negotiable, but an early start (certainly before the end 
of summer 2014) is preferred. In principle the position can be divided 
into two half-time positions.

The position will be granted initially for 12 months, with an option for 
an extension of up to a total of 36 months, as part of the new research 
project ?Agency and (quantum) physics", a three-year interdisciplinary 
project funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation under their 
"Power of information" theme.

The project will bring together philosophers and physicists from 
Innsbruck, Austria, and from Konstanz, Germany. The project group will 
consist of four Post-Doc researchers in total, two of whom will be 
situated at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of 
Innsbruck and the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Computation 
(IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (PI: Prof. Dr. Hans Briegel), 
one at Innsbruck University's Department of Christian Philosophy (co-PI: 
Prof. Dr. Edmund Runggaldier), and one at the Department of Philosophy at 
the University of Konstanz (co-PI: Prof. Dr. Thomas Mller). This vacancy 
is for the Konstanz position; however, regular exchanges with Innsbruck 
will be integral to the project.

Project background

We live in a world that seems to be governed, at all scales, by the laws 
of physics. How can there be agency in such a world? How can agents 
influence the course of nature if they are, at the same time, subjected to 
her universal laws? How do we "fit in"? This problem of agency constitutes 
the overarching Big Question that this project is intended to address. An 
answer to this question is a necessary precondition for an understanding 
of free will and responsibility. We expect to break new ground for our 
understanding of agency by using a multidisciplinary approach that brings 
together experienced researchers in quantum physics and in philosophy. We 
will connect these disciplines by focusing on explicit models that retain 
a high degree of disciplinary embedding. On the physics side, we will 
develop models of agency that can be fully described in the language of 
physics and information processing. This will include models of quantum 
agents that exploit basic features of quantum physics, such as quantum 
superposition, interference, as well as de-coherence, as a resource for 
their agency. On the philosophical side, research will start by analyzing 
these simple, but explicit physical models for agents, employing methods 
from analytical philosophy. We will thereby take a fresh look on different 
current philosophical positions regarding the problem of agency, 
causation, diachronic identity, intentionality, and powers.

Further information

The research project is situated in a lively research area at the 
interface of philosophy, physics, and computer science, with further 
connections to many neighboring disciplines. The project will start in May 
2014. Applicants should be willing to travel between Konstanz and 
Innsbruck on a regular basis, and to help in organizing the project's 
public activities.

We are looking for a talented and dedicated young researcher with a strong 
PhD in a relevant area of philosophy (other relevant backgrounds may be 
considered) and with proven research capabilities, who is willing to work 
in an active interdisciplinary team. The research carried out in the 
project includes links to physics, computer science, logic and philosophy 
of science, and some background in these fields is a plus. Fluency in 
English is required.

How to apply

Applications should contain the following, in the form of a single PDF 
document sent by e-mail:

*       an application letter in English;
*       a CV in English;
*       a writing sample, in English, Dutch or German, of max. 25 pages;
*       a scan of the PhD certificate;
*       a link to an online version of the PhD thesis;
*       contact information of two people willing to recommend you for this post (optional);
*       a list of grades (optional).

Interviews are planned for the last week of April, most likely Monday, 28 
April 2014.

The University of Konstanz is an equal opportunity employer that tries to 
increase the number of women in research and teaching.

The University of Konstanz has been certified as a family-friendly 
institution by the Hertie Foundation and is committed to further the 
compatibility of work and family life.

The University of Konstanz offers a ?Dual Career Couples Programme?. 
Information is available at: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/dcc .

The University of Konstanz encourages disabled persons to apply. They will 
be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact +49 (0) 7531 / 88 
? 4895).

Please e-mail your digital application to 
Sekretariat.Mueller@uni-konstanz.de Please indicate the reference number 
2014 / 064 in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2014.