Postdoc: European Research Council project on the philosophy of canonical quantum gravity

If I didn’t have my job at UCSD, I would apply to this–this project sounds simply too great not to be part of! Here is the call for postdoc applications:

Call for postdoctoral positions for the
ERC (European Research Council) Project
Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity

Principal Investigator: Gabriel Catren

The European Research Council (ERC) project Philosophy of Canonical Quantum Gravity announces two one-year post-doctoral positions with the possibility of an extension.

Project description. During the first two years of the project, we shall address some philosophical problems concerning the foundations of quantum mechanics and space-time theories that are relevant for contemporary attempts to build a quantum theory of gravity. With respect to quantum mechanics, we shall address some foundational problems of quantum mechanics in the light of one of the most rigorous mathematical formalizations of canonical quantization, namely geometric quantization. With respect to general relativity, we shall address some philosophical problems concerning space-time theories and gauge theories in light of both the so-called gauge theories of gravity and the generalized theories of gravity with torsion and/or non-metricity. To do so, we shall consider the Einstein-Cartan action and the theory of Cartan connections, the MacDowell-Mansouri action, teleparallel gravity, the BF topological field theory, and the formulation of general relativity in terms of Ashtekar variables.

Scientific environment: Laboratoire Centre de Recherche en Épistémologie Appliquée (CREA), UMR 7656, CNRS/Ecole Polytechnique, Paris-Palaiseau.

Starting Date: Novembre 2011, with the possibility of negotiating a modification of the starting date.

Eligibility requirements: Eligible candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent in
philosophy, physics or mathematics by November 1st, 2011.

Application Procedure: Applicants are invited to submit an application by email (in English or French) including:
• a cover letter explaining how the candidate intends to contribute to the
• a curriculum vitae including a publication list;
• a copy of the PhD thesis and sample of other relevant writings, published or not;
• the name and electronic address of one knowledgeable scholar who could provide a recommendation letter if necessary.

Scholars of all nationalities are welcome to apply. For further information,
please contact Gabriel Catren: The application must be addressed to the following electronic address:

Application deadline: September 30, 2011.


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