Job opportunities at the MCMP at LMU Munich

The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP, http://lmu.de/mcmp) and the Chair of Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion at LMU Munich seek applications for the following positions:

1. One Assistant Professorship (non-tenure-track)

2. Three Postdoctoral Fellowships

Deadline: March 25, 2014
Starting date: October 1, 2014 (or later)

The MCMP hosts a vibrant research community of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral fellows, master students, and visiting fellows. It organizes at least two weekly colloquia and a weekly internal work in-progress seminar, as well as various other activities such as workshops, conferences, summer schools, and reading groups. Several of our research projects are conducted in collaboration with scientists. The successful candidates will partake in all of MCMP’s academic activities and enjoy its administrative facilities and financial support. The official language at the MCMP is English and fluency in German is not mandatory.

We especially encourage female scholars to apply. The LMU in general, and the MCMP in particular, endeavor to raise the percentage of women among its academic personnel. Furthermore, given equal qualification, preference will be given to candidates with disabilities.

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1. One Assistant Professorship (non-tenure-track)

Candidates are expected to conduct research in at least one of the following fields: modeling and simulation in philosophy, philosophy of statistics, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of economics, formal epistemology, (formal or non-formal) philosophy of science, and (formal or non-formal) social epistemology. Applicants with a background in a formal, natural or social science are especially encouraged to apply.

The position is for three years with the possibility of extension for another three years. Note that there is no tenure-track option. The appointment will be made within the German A13 salary scheme (under the assumption that the civil service requirements are met), which means that one has the rights and perks of a civil servant. The starting date is October 1, 2014, but a later starting date is also possible. (Please let us know if you wish to start at a later date.)

The appointee will be expected (i) to do philosophical research in at least one of the specified fields, (ii) to teach five hours a week, and (iii) to take on management and supervision tasks. The successful candidate will have a PhD in philosophy and some teaching experience in philosophy.

Applications (including a cover letter that addresses, amongst others, one’s academic background and research interests, a CV, a list of publications, a list of taught courses, a sample of written work of no more than 5000 words, a description of planned research projects of 1000-1500 words, and concrete ideas for grant proposals which can be sent to German or European funding agencies) should be sent by email (ideally everything requested in one PDF document) to office.hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de by March 25, 2014. Hard copy applications are not accepted. Additionally, two confidential letters of reference addressing the applicant’s qualifications for academic research should be sent to the same address from the referees directly. Please let us know in the cover letter whether or not you are also considering a Postdoctoral Fellowship (see below).
Contact for informal inquiries: Professor Stephan Hartmann (S.Hartmann@lmu.de)

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2. Three Postdoctoral Fellowships

In this round of advertisements, we are especially interested in candidates who work in the following areas: modeling and simulation in philosophy, philosophy of statistics, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of economics, formal epistemology, (formal or non-formal) philosophy of science, and (formal or non-formal) social epistemology, but we are also open to candidates who apply formal methods in metaphysics, moral and political philosophy or any other part of philosophy. We would also like to encourage scholars who do experimental work (ideally in combination with formal work) to apply. Applicants with a background in a formal, natural or social science are especially encouraged to apply. We are also interested in scientists who plan to work on a project of philosophical relevance and whose work relates to the research interests of the MCMP.

The fellowships are open for candidates with a PhD in philosophy or a related science. The postdoctoral stipends are for two years, and they should be taken up by October 1, 2014, but a later starting date is also possible. (Please let us know if you wish to start at a later date.) Each stipend will amount to EUR 2400 of monthly salary (normally tax-free, but excluding insurance). Additionally, the MCMP helps its fellows with the costs that arise from attending conferences (fees, traveling, accommodation). There is the possibility, though no obligation, to do some teaching in either English or German.

Applications (including a cover letter that addresses, amongst others, one’s academic background and research interests, a CV, a list of publications, a list of taught courses, a sample of written work of no more than 5000 words, and a description of a planned research project of 1000-1500 words) should be sent by email (ideally everything requested in one PDF document) to office.hartmann@lrz.uni-muenchen.de by March 25, 2014. Hard copy applications are not accepted. Additionally, two confidential letters of reference addressing the applicant’s qualifications for academic research should be sent to the same address from the referees directly.

Contact for informal inquiries: Professor Stephan Hartmann (S.Hartmann@lmu.de)

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