Cambridge, Oxford: Postdocs in philosophy of cosmology

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral fellowships in the area of philosophy of cosmology, one to be held at Cambridge University and one to be held at Oxford University, starting 1 Jan 2013 to run until 31 Aug 2014. The two positions have similar job-descriptions and the deadline for applications is the same: 18 April 2012.

For more details, see, for the Cambridge fellowship:

http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/vacancy/

and for the Oxford fellowship:

https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=102536

Applicants are encouraged to apply for both positions. The Oxford group is led by Joe Silk, Simon Saunders and David Wallace, and that at Cambridge by John Barrow and Jeremy Butterfield.

These appointments are part of the initiative ‘establishing the philosophy of cosmology’, involving a consortium of universities in the UK and USA, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Its aim is to identify, define and explore new foundational questions in cosmology. Key questions already identified concern:

* The issue of measure, including potential uses of anthropic reasoning
* Space-time structure, both at very large and very small scales
* The cosmological constant problem
* Entropy, time and complexity, in understanding the various arrows of time
* Symmetries and invariants, and the nature of the description of the universe as a whole

Applicants with philosophical interests in cosmology outside these areas will also be considered.

For more background on the initiative, see:

http://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/news__events/news/philosophy_of_cosmology_-_new_field_of_study

and for the project website (still under construction)

http://philcosmo.physics.ox.ac.uk/.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jeremy Butterfield and Simon Saunders

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