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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoc or PhD position in philosophy (logic, cognition), Dusseldorf

Open Postdoc or PhD position in philosophy (logic, cognition) for 3 
years at the University of Duesseldorf (Chair Schurz, deadline 31.07., 
start 01.09.):

The project "Probability Logic and Non-Monotonic Reasoning from an 
Evolutionary Perspective" (head: Gerhard Schurz) is part of the 
EuroCores project "The Logic of Causal and Probabilistic Reasoning in 
Uncertain Environments" which unites projects from Austria, Germany, 
Czech Republic, France, UK and Italy. Within this project the position 
of a (DFG-financed) postdoc research assistant for three years at the 
University of Duesseldorf (department for Theoretical Philosophy, 
Schurz) is open for applications. Alternative possibilities are a 
transformable PhD position or a split into two half-time positions. The 
research work to be done, together with the project head, comprises: 
(1.1) the comparative investigation of existing systems of 
probability-logical / non-monotonic reasoning; (1.2) continuation of 
existing psychological experiments on uncertain conditional reasoning, 
(2.1) evolutionary explanation of characteristic aspects of human 
reasoning with uncertain conditionals, and (2.2) computer-programmed 
prediction games for the purpose of testing the predictive abilities of 
probabilistic / non-monotonic reasoning systems. The results shall be 
published in international journals.

Salary according to TV-L E13 (formerly BatIIa) (Postdoc: 1, PhD: 1/2). 
Required competences: academic degree (? MA), English, elementary 
competence in logic, probability theory, cognitive science. Desired: 
German, advanced logic competence (task 1.1), elementary SPSS (task 
1.2), programming (task 2.2). Detailed informations on the project under:

Applications with the usual materials (CV, publications, which 
knowl-edge/competences do you have?) to Professor Schurz, preferably 
by e-mail: de, or by regular mail to 
the department address.

Deadline 31.07. 2008. Start optional Sept 1st, 2008 or later ( Oct 1st,