Zurich: Phd and post doc positions in history and philosophy of math

The newly created ETH chair for the history and philosophy of mathematical sciences (D-GESS) is looking for

Up to 3 PhD students and 1 Postdoctoral Researcher in history and philosophy of mathematical sciences

The positions are devoted to historical and/or philosophical analyses of the development of mathematics (including mathematical aspects of other sciences), of the practice of mathematics (including, but not limited to, cognitive aspects), or of mathematics' contemporary scientific, social or cultural roles. At least one position will be devoted to the study of medieval non European mathematics, especially Indian or Arabic. Projects that focus on commercial and practical mathematics, or consider cross cultural exchange are especially encouraged. Philosophical projects that consider mathematics as a practice, rather than as an abstract ideal, are encouraged. Projects that are framed strictly inside the analytic philosophical tradition are discouraged (but this reservation does not extend to projects that combine analytic and other approaches).

We are looking for candidates who hold Master’s or PhD degrees in related disciplines with a relevant research background. Starting Date is flexible during the academic year 2016-2017. The postdoctoral researcher will have its position reconsidered on a yearly basis, based on research performance and the chair’s priorities for a maximum period of no more than 6 years.

For questions and further information please contact Prof. Dr. Roy Wagner, professor of history and philosophy of mathematical sciences, by email at roy.wagner@gess.ethz.ch. Please do not submit applications to this email address.

Please submit your application until August 31st, 2016 online with attention to: ETH Zurich, Olivier Meyrat, Human Resources, 8092 Zurich. Your application should include: a CV with a list of publications and a list of language skills, a short summary of past research (up to 200 words), a description of future research interests (PhD candidates should provide a general description of interests not exceeding 300 words; postdoctoral candidates are expected to provide a research plan abstract of up to 500 words) and the names and contact information of 1-3 references.
Application via email cannot be considered!