Four-year postdoc position in (applied) philosophy of science or epistemology

The University of Vienna seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Philosophy

Reference number: 11826

The advertised position is located at the Department of Philosophy which is part of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education. The Department of Philosophy at the University of Vienna is large in international comparison and its members are active within a considerable variety of research areas. The department furthermore offers a range of courses reflecting the breadth of the fields of philosophy while upholding the highest standards within each specialized subject area. Special focus is placed on gaining insight and developing competences in order to
contribute to the discussion of current philosophical problems. This intention to acknowledge new philosophical developments and tasks is reflected in a number of co-operations and research fields of the department.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week

Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:

The Department of Philosophy is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work in (joint) projects in the Unit for Applied Philosophy of Science and Epistemology (directed by Martin Kusch). The position is available immediately for four years.

The successful candidate will join the faculty and participate in the department’s research, teaching (to the extent regulated by the collective bargaining agreement), and administrative activities. In particular, the candidate is expected to conduct, and/or participate in, research projects leading to international publications and presentations. The successful candidate will write a Habilitation.


- Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of students
- Developing and strengthening the independent research profile
- Independent research and participation in collaborative research
- Collaboration in project applications and the acquisition of
third-party funding
- International publications and presentations
- Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of
third-party funding
- Preparing / writing a (publication-ready) habilitation thesis
- Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching
and research administration


- A Ph.D. in philosophy
- A strong background in applied philosophy of science or epistemology*
- Promising potential for original high-level research
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- The willingness to acquire a command of the German language
- IT user skills

*Applied philosophy of science and epistemology at the University of
Vienna comprises the following main areas:

- General philosophy of science; especially questions in the areas of
pluralism, perspectivism and relativism
- Feminist, political and social epistemology
- Philosophies of the social sciences
- Experimental philosophy
- Philosophy of science policy
- Philosophy of the history and sociology of science
- History of philosophy of science and epistemology.

In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have

- Publications in relevant high-ranked journals
- Experience of working in teams
- (e-)teaching experience
- Experience of working on research projects
- International presentation experience

Desirable qualifications are

- Knowledge of university processes and structures
- Experience abroad
- Experience of supervising students

Application documents:

- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of
courses and a list of talks given)
- 3000 word description of research interests and research agenda / of
the intended habilitation project (if applicable)
- Contact details of two people who could provide a letter of reference
- Copies of academic certificates and diplomas

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should
be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna
( no later than 04.04.2021, mentioning
reference number 11826.

For further information please contact Krobath, Katherina Geneviève

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values
equal opportunities, as well as diversity
( The University lays special emphasis
on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions.
Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female

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