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PhD positions, graduate student conferences etc.

Call for participation: Urbino summer school

Philosophy of Dark Matter

XXVI International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics
05-09 June 2023, University of Urbino

DEADLINE: March 24, 2023.
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Geneva: PhD position

4-year PhD Fellowship in Metaphysics and Philosophy of Physics, University of Geneva, Switzerland

The University of Geneva (https://www.unige.ch/lettres/philo/en/homepage/) offers a 4-year fully funded PhD position within Dr. Baptiste Le Bihan’s SNSF Starting Grant project Space, Time and Causation in Quantum Gravity. The project will be housed at the Geneva Symmetry Group, which is part of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva (https://genevasymmetrygroup.wordpress.com/).

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Potsdam and Bonn: PhD position

The Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity Department, led by Alessandra Buonanno, at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, in collaboration with the Lichtenberg Group for History and Philosophy of Physics at the University of Bonn, led by Dennis Lehmkuhl, and the Department I and Max Planck Research Group “Final Theory Program” at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, led by Jürgen Renn and Alexander Blum, respectively, is seeking a PhD student. The position will start in the fall of 2023, and it is fully supported by the 2021 Balzan Prize Funds for three years with the possibility of extension for a fourth year.

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PhD position in philosophy of physics or science at Oslo

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in philosophy is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.

The position will be in the area of philosophy of physics or philosophy of science, and applicants must submit a project proposal related to the examination of scientific methodology or epistemology of science with a focus on physics.

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Job: Postdoc in digital humanities/history and philosophy of science (ERC, Berlin)

The project “Network epistemology in practice (NEPI)”, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) through a Consolidator Grant to Adrian Wüthrich (Technische Universität Berlin), is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher in history and philosophy of science with special expertise in computational methods and digital humanities. The project will analyze the recent and ongoing digital communication inside a major collaboration in the field of particle physics. The main objective is to understand how knowledge is generated in large scientific collaborations. The project will primarily use methods from network analysis and machine learning to identify relevant communication structures and attempt to track the flow of ideas through the communication network.

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Call for nominations for the Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize 2022

The Jury would like to issue a call for nominations for the 2022 Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize, which is awarded annually for the best work in History and/or  Philosophy of Modern Physics, done by a student as a requirement for a Masters Thesis. The prize carries a 2000 euro award. Nominations for this Prize need to be submitted by a supervisor of the nominee before November 7, 2022. 

We would also like to issue a special encouragement for the nomination of candidates from underrepresented groups. 

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Extended Deadline: Open positions in philosophy of physics at Geneva

Open positions in philosophy of physics: Scientific Collaborator and PhD Fellowship – Geneva Symmetry Group, Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva

[Please note the extended deadline, the new starting date, and the new application procedure for the position of scientific collaborator]

The Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva invites applications for two positions for Christian Wüthrich’s new SNSF‐funded project PHILOSOPHY BEYOND STANDARD PHYSICS:

  • one 4-year Scientific Collaborator (100%), and
  • one 4-year PhD Fellowship.

The project will be housed at the Geneva Symmetry Group, which is part of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva (https://genevasymmetrygroup.wordpress.com/).

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Open positions in philosophy of physics: Scientific Collaborator and PhD Fellowship – Geneva Symmetry Group

The Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva invites applications for two positions for Christian Wüthrich’s new SNSF‐funded project PHILOSOPHY BEYOND STANDARD PHYSICS:

– one 4-year Scientific Collaborator (100%), and
– one 4-year PhD Fellowship.

The project will be housed at the Geneva Symmetry Group, which is part of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Geneva (https://genevasymmetrygroup.wordpress.com/).

The positions will start on 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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Postdoctoral Associate, History and Philosophy of Science, Pittsburgh

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral associate position in the philosophy of physics at the University of Pittsburgh, affiliated to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy. The position will be supervised by David Wallace, and applicants should intend to pursue a course of research in an area of philosophy of physics related to Professor Wallace’s research activities (which include inter alia the interpretation of quantum mechanics, the role of symmetry in physics, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, and quantum gravity). The postdoctoral associate may be asked to carry out some minor administrative work to assist Professor Wallace’s research, amounting to at most 10% of their time-averaged over the period of appointment; the remainder of their time is available for their own research project.

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2nd CFA: ‘Cosmology Beyond Spacetime’ Summer Institute, 26 June – 1 July 2022

2nd Call for Applications:

International Summer Institute in Philosophy of Physics on the PHILOSOPHY OF COSMOLOGY and the PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY

Hosted by the University of Geneva-University of Illinois at Chicago Cosmology Beyond Spacetime project

Hotel Le Crêt, Morzine, France 

26 June – 2 July 2022

Further information, when available, at http://beyondspacetime.net/2022summerinstitute/.

In recent years, the philosophy of quantum gravity and the philosophy of cosmology have emerged as new fields in their own right, with several summer schools dedicated to each. However, they remain largely unconnected, even though their intersection promises new scientific insights of great significance to philosophical question and the advancement of physics. This Summer Institute proposes to address conceptual, metaphysical, and epistemological implications of big bang, black hole, and multiverse models in quantum gravity: the fundamental nature of space and time, especially the beginning of spacetime, ‘before’ time or ‘outside’ space; the multiverse; the nature of physical law; and how we might have knowledge of such things.

These are just some of the questions that we will discuss in this Summer Institute, which addresses graduate students and postdocs from philosophy of physics and related fields.

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