Call for Applications (deadline 31 January 2018)
The Research Unit “Epistemology of the LHC” invites applications for the Summer School “Particle Physics at the Crossroads: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Particle Physics” taking place 23-30 July 2018 in Wuppertal (Germany).
Workshop: “Naturalness, Hierarchy, and Fine-Tuning”
Workshop Description: The requirement of naturalness has long served as an influential constraint on model-building in elementary particle physics. Yet there are many ways of understanding what, precisely, this requirement amounts to, from restrictions on the amount of fine-tuning that a model can exhibit, to prohibitions on sensitive dependence between physics at different scales, to the requirement that dimensionless parameters defining the Lagrangian of a theory all be of order one unless protected by a symmetry. This workshop aims to clarify the relationships among these concepts of naturalness and their connection to the hierarchy problem, as well as to assess arguments for and against imposing various forms of naturalness as a requirement on particle physics model-building. It will bring together researchers in philosophy of physics and theoretical particle physics whose expertise touches either directly on the subject of naturalness or on closely related issues concerning effective field theory, renormalization, and the physical interpretation of quantum field theory.
Call for papers: Workshop on Spacetime Functionalism, Geneva, 1-2 March, 2018
On March 1-2, 2018, we will hold a small, but international, workshop in metaphysics and philosophy of science, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
The topic of the workshop is spacetime functionalism, and its aim is to investigate how a functionalist approach may provide the relevant conceptual tools for understanding the nature of spacetime as described by fundamental physics. In particular, the idea is to explore spacetime functionalism in the context of quantum gravity, where it is suggested that spacetime is not fundamental, and the issue of emergence arises. We would like to discuss the analogy here with other forms of functionalism in philosophy—in particular in metaphysics and philosophy of mind.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) invites applications for the position of
Associate Professor or Full Professor in »Philosophy of Science and Technology«
to begin in summer semester 2018. The position is a tenured W3 position.
Full professor of philosophy of science (full time 0.8-1.0 fte) in the Netherlands
Tilburg University seeks to appoint a full professor of philosophy of science (full time 0.8-1.0 fte). The particular area of expertise is open. Alignment with disciplines pursued at Tilburg University and with its strategic research and impact themes is valued.
Call for Applications:
in the project ‘To and Fro: Scientific Metaphysics at Physics’s Frontiers’
University of Geneva
The Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a research position (‘collaborateur scientifique’), starting 1 April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation grant ‘To and Fro: Scientific Metaphysics at Physics’s Frontiers’. The position will be funded for up to 21 months from the starting date.
The School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland invites applications for a PhD position in philosophy of physics.
The position is funded by the Australian Research Council and is associated with the project “A philosophical exploration of simulating and controlling the quantum world”. While applicants must have a BA with a major in philosophy, an additional BSc with a major in physics will be looked upon favourably. Applications are welcome from anybody with an Honours (or equivalent – e.g. Masters) in either of philosophy or physics (and preferably the philosophy of science and/or physics).