德国哲学或认知科学博士以及博士后岗位待聘(Ruhr-University Bochum, Osnabrück University)

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 PhD student position and postdoctoral position in philosophy or cognitive science, Bochum (Germany), Deadline: 5 Jul 2017


*PhD-position*

We are offering a 3-year PhD-position starting as soon as possible but at latest at 1^st of Oct. 2017.

*Call for applications ? RTG ?Situated Cognition?*

1 PhD position in Philosophy or Cognitive Science

The interdisciplinary Research Training (RTG) Group ?Situated Cognition?, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), invites applications for 1 Ph.D. position (salary scale TV-L E 13, 65%; including social benefits) for a three-year structured PhD program.

The program will commence June 1st, 2017 and the candidate should be prepared to start as soon as possible but on 1^st of Oct. 2017 at latest, to join the other eleven PhD candidates of the Research Training Group jointly based at the Department of Philosophy II and the Faculty of Psychology at Ruhr-University Bochum and at the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Philosophy at Osnabrück University.

The PhD candidate for this position will be based in Bochum and work on an essentially interdisciplinary project with an emphasis on philosophical theory formation regarding either (a) situated aspects of perception, supervised by Prof. Dr. Tobias Schlicht, or (b) situated aspects of social understanding, supervised by Prof. Dr. Albert Newen. Ideally, the second supervisor will be an empirical scientist.

(a) The situated view of perception and action departs from classical views in a number of ways by introducing dynamical models emphasizing bodily and environmental aspects of perception. Various questions arise, some of which can be addressed in this project: Does action constitute or merely enable perception and in which ways? What are the cognitive presuppositions for an agent to bring to bear know how in mastering the sensorimotor contingencies between herself and objects in her environment? Are situated views of perception compatible with recent predictive processing approaches to perception and how should we characterize the (representational) commitments of these latter approaches? Details of the project will be determined with the candidate.

b) A situated theory of social understanding aims to discuss all aspects of the development of social understanding including the false belief task and its various interpretations. Furthermore, the project will discuss the main theoretical accounts including Theory Theory, Simulation Theory, Interaction Theory and Person Model Theory. One aim is to clarify which aspects of social understanding are embodied, enacted, embedded or extended. Another aim could be to discuss how the predictive coding framework can be used to improve a theory of social understanding. Details of the project will be determined with the candidate.

Applicants can indicate a preference and submit their own original project proposal in one of the theoretical areas, as long as the proposal fits the RTG?s guiding idea. Information about the guiding ideas of the RTG and the PhD projects, can be found here: Home <https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/Situated%20Cognition/index.html>

APPLICATION DEADLINE: *5^th July 2017 *(earlier decision possible)

Required qualifications:

Candidates applying for or suggesting a theoretical project are expected to have an excellent M.A., M.Sc. (or Staatsexamen degree) in Philosophy or Cognitive Science. They should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Action, or Philosophy of Perception. Furthermore, we expect advanced knowledge in at least one of the following areas: Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Biology, Artificial Intelligence, or Neuroscience.

Applications should include the usual documents, i.e.:

1application form <https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/Situated%20Cognition/download/Application%20Form.pdf>

2a letter of motivation including the applicant?s research interests and motivation to work within the RTG: this should include an indication of a priority of one of the two PhD projects

3curriculum vitae

4copies of certificates

5writing sample: the core chapter of the Diploma/Master thesis or preferably one relevant publication (if available)

6optional: an outline of an original theoretical project which fits into the RTG?s framework (see PhD Projects <https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/Situated%20Cognition/project.html> and the websites of the PIs)

Please send all the required documents in a single PDF file, except for the writing sample which should be contained in a separate PDF file.

As certified family-friendly institutions, Osnabrück University and Ruhr-University Bochum are committed to furthering the compatibility between work/studies and family life.

Ruhr-University Bochum is a highly committed equal opportunity employer and strives to work towards a gender balance in schools or departments where new appointments are made.

Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be favored.

Applications and inquiries should be addressed to:

Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Speaker RTG, Ruhr University of Bochum

email: RTG-SituatedCognition@rub.de <mailto:RTG-SituatedCognition@rub.de>

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*Postdoc-position*

We are offering a full-time postdoctoral position, beginning on 1st October 2017, with a limited contract until end of May 2020.

The position is installed to foster the research of young postdocs who have already proven to be excellent in publications. It offers the opportunity to develop one?s own research project and research profile in the area of philosophy of mind or cognition. Beside the scientific aspects of this position, there is also the assignment to teach two courses each semester. Moreover, the candidate will be asked to engage in some administrative tasks and to strongly support the organization of the Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution.

The candidate?s research should be connected with some of the current research projects. This includes a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research in the area of philosophy of mind. Part of the job will be also to support the organization of the Center for Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution.

These are some of the current research projects:

Philosophy of mind with the following key aspects:

-Other Minds/Understanding the other

-Self-Consciousness and Theory of Mind

-Animal Cognition: Animals, how rational are they?

-Philosophy of Neurosciences

Preferable but not mandatory for this position is a competency in the area of philosophy of self-consciousness, understanding others or Theories of Concepts.

Candidates who have evidently engaged in some in-depth research in both philosophy of mind with very good knowledge in neurosciences will be of particular interest for this vacancy.

Requirements: Candidates should have an outstanding PhD in philosophy and, in the ideal case, an additional degree in psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, psychiatry or neurosciences. Some substantial expertise in at least one of these areas will be expected. Furthermore, the candidate must have teaching experience and at least two papers published or accepted by peer-reviewed journals.

Application documents: Please send your application to sekretariat-newen@rub.de

Your application should consist of three PDF files. The first one is to include your personal documents: an outline of your own planned research project of 2 pages, CV, copies of certificates and records, list of your publications, talks, conferences you attended and courses you held; names of 2 referees. The other PDF files to be attached should be your best two publications (must have been published or accepted, if accepted but not published then add the letter of acceptance of the journal).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5^th July 2017

For further information, please contact: Prof. Dr. A. Newen (albert.newen@rub.de)

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany?s leading research universities. The University draws its strength from both the diversity and the proximity of humanities, natural sciences and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum is committed to promoting the careers of women and therefore strongly welcomes applications from female candidates. As an equal opportunities employer, we also encourage applications from suitably qualified disabled candidates and other groups.


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Yasmin Schwetz
Sekretariat Prof. Dr. A. Newen
Institut für Philosophie II
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Tel.: (0049) 234-32 28139
Tel.: (0049) 234-32 22711
Fax:  (0049) 234-32 14963
sekretariat-newen@ruhr-uni-bochum.de