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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Three PhD student or postdoc positions in Philosophy of Mind & Language and Epistemology, Bochum, GERMANY

The Chair of Philosophy of Language and Cognition at the Ruhr University Bochum invites applications for



The candidate should have a strong interest in relating empirical methods to philosophical 
questions regarding mind and language. The successful applicant will be expected to investigate 
these questions among others with EEG methods. Some background in statistics and eventually 
some affinity to an empirical or mathematical discipline (psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, 
physics, biology, computer science, mathematics, engineering etc.) would be welcome.

B. Philosophy of Language/Philosophical Semantics

The candidate should have a strong interest in the interface between philosophy of language and 
linguistics. Some background in logic or formal semantics would be welcome. The candidate should 
be open to the empirical investigation of language comprehension.

C. Philosophy of Cognition/Epistemology

The candidate should have a strong background in epistemology, logic, the theory of mental 
representation and/or the theory of reasoning. The successful applicant will be expected to 
integrate empirical methods and/or computer simulations into the philosophical investigation 
of cognition.

Each of the three positions will be filled either with a PhD candidate or a postdoc for up to 
three years.

Depending on qualification the stipendiary fellowship will match the net income of a

 50% TV-L E13 position (PhD candidate, approx. 1300/month),

 75% TV-L E13 position (advanced PhD candidate/early postdoc, approx. 

 100% TV-L E13 position (postdoc, approx. 2100/month), respectively.

Applications should specify the name of the position and whether a PhD or postdoc stipendiary 
fellowship is applied for. They should include a statement of interest (not more than one page), 
a CV, a list of publications, copies of relevant certificates and diploma, one letter of reference 
and the names of two further referees.

Applications should be sent electronically to by March 20, 2012. We regret 
that we will not be able to return any submitted material and send out negative notifications.

For further information please visit the webpage 
or contact Professor Markus Werning ( directly.

The Ruhr-University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity. We strongly encourage applications 
from qualified women and persons with disabilities.