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PhD positions, graduate student conferences etc.

Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Physics at Bonn

The Heinrich Hertz Fellowship in History and Philosophy of physics is designed to allow graduate students (typically PhD students but Master students can also apply) and early-career postdoctoral scholars to spend either half of or a full academic year at the University of Bonn to work on any topic in the history and philosophy of physics. They have no formal duties apart from following their own research agenda and interacting with the other historians and philosophers of physics in Bonn [ https://www.history-and-philosophy-of-physics.com/ ]. Hertz fellows are provided with:

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Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize 2020 winner: Emilia Margoni

The 2020 Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize in history and philosophy of modern physics is awarded to Emilia Margoni for her Thesis An investigation into temporal becoming within timeless strategies in physics, submitted to the Sapienza University in Rome. 

This Thesis discusses the question of  whether and how the metaphysical notion of “becoming”  relates to the treatment of time in modern physical theories. 

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Call for nominations: Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize

The Jury would like to issue a call for nominations for the 2020 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 15, 2020. We would also like to issue a special encouragement for the nomination of  candidates from underrepresented groups. 

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Fondecyt Postdoctoral Program 2021

The Philosophy Institute, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, invites early career scholars (that have received their PhD no earlier than 2017, and no earlier than 2016 for female researchers that had children since 2016) to apply to the Fondecyt Postdoctoral Program 2021, funded by the Chilean government. Postdoctoral research projects can last two or three years. The grant includes a monthly salary of about 2300 USD, and funding for attending conferences. The grant is highly competitive, so applications must be as strong as possible. Philosophers of science and philosophers of physics interested in applying, please contact Pablo Acuña (ptacuna@uc.cl). For more info, visit http://filosofia.uc.cl/noticias/call-for-applications-postdoctoral-fellowship-2.

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MAP: Master in Philosophy, USI Lugano

The the Master in Philosophy (Map) at USI, Lugano
– stands out for the international stature of its professors;
– is research-oriented, aimed at preparing to the most demanding PhD programmes around the world;
– has a clear focus in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Ancient Philosophy and Medieval Philosophy;
– requires students to submit regular written work, to produce research papers and to develop their presentation and discussion skills;
– guarantees a personal tutor, who is one of the professors of the Master ;
– and provides: regular one-to-one tutorials, feedback on written work and guidance about future academic careers.

The MAP is a two-year graduate degree (120 ECTS; usual duration: 2 years). The language of the programme is English.
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Postdoc in philosophy of physics

The research unit “The Epistemology of the LHC”, established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), invites applications for

a Postdoctoral position
in the field of philosophy of physics.

Established in 2016, the Research Unit has forged a unique cooperation between physicists, philosophers, historians, and social scientists. Its aim is to collectively investigate the epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. With its six individual projects cooperating closely and its teams located at universities across Germany and Austria, the Research Unit covers a broad variety of issues concerning the forefront of research on experimental and theoretical physics at one of the largest scientific facilities worldwide. It addresses key questions in philosophy, history, and the social sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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CFP and CFA: Urbino Summer School on the Philosophy of Quantum Computation

*Call for Participation* and *Call for Papers*

The Inter-University Center for Philosophy and Foundations of Physics (CIRFIS), the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences of the University of Urbino Carlo Bo and the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (SILFS) are glad to present:

XXIII International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics
PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM COMPUTATION
15-18 June 2020, University of Urbino
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PhD position: 3-year PhD position in philosophy of physics at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Call for applications
Starting date: 4 May 2020

The International Center for Formal Ontology (ICFO) at the Warsaw University of Technology invites applications for a 3-year doctoral position within the NCN funded project “Self-subsisting structures in quantum gravity” (Principal investigator: Antonio Vassallo; see below for the project’s description).
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2nd Undergraduate Weekend Seminar in Philosophy of Physics

University of Bremen (5-7 June, 2020)

We invite applications to a 3-day weekend seminar on Philosophy of Physics at the University of Bremen. The seminar is meant as a first encounter with the academic discipline of Philosophy of Physics, and aimed at university students from both Philosophy and Physics. For further information, please see the text below. Note that the seminar will be carried out in German.

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Call for nominations: 2020 Cushing Prize in History and Philosophy of Physics

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2020 Cushing Prize in History and Philosophy of Physics.

Eligible for nomination are works by what we term “younger scholars,” meaning individuals who are within five years of the receipt of the Ph.D, and work in any area of the history and philosophy of physics may be nominated.
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