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PhD positions, graduate student conferences etc.

6 PhD positions in history, philosophy or sociology of science (Wuppertal)

The Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg, GRK) 2696 “Transformations of science and technology since 1800: topics, processes, institutions” at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, (funded by the German Research Foundation) is seeking

6 doctoral candidates,

who will be starting their employment with a postgraduate scholarship (six months) which is followed by three years as research assistant (f/m/d) at 65% of standard working hours (paygrade: E 13 TV-L) from April 1st, 2022 for a time of three and a half years maximum.

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Call for nominations: 2021 Hanneke Janssen Memorial Prize

The Jury would like to issue a call for nominations for the 2021 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 14, 2021. We would also like to issue a special encouragement for the nomination of candidates from underrepresented groups. 


Recent winners of the HJMP include Emilia Margoni, Grace Field, Ruward Mulder, James Read, Neil Dewar and Ben Feintzeig.

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HAPP Scholarship in the History & Philosophy of Physics

St Cross College, Oxford, offers a three-year fellowship for research students who will begin studying for a DPhil in the History of Physics or a DPhil in the Philosophy of Physics at the University of Oxford in October 2022.

Details may be found via the following link:
https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/happ-scholarship-physics

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JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP in PHILOSOPHY OF QUANTUM GRAVITY

University of Illinois at Chicago

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy at UIC solicits applications for a junior visiting fellowship for advanced PhD students, starting January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Cosmology Beyond Spacetime’.

Candidates must be ABD in a PhD program at an accredited university, working on a dissertation related to the philosophy of quantum gravity or cosmology, broadly construed. The fellowship will provide support for the successful candidate to spend six months away from their home institution to work with the project’s UIC group led by Professor Nick Huggett, and to benefit from interactions with project members and from participation in the project’s activities. The successful candidate will participate in a tutoring program directed by Professor Huggett. They will be expected to participate in weekly group meetings during term, help with the administration and organization of the group’s activities, and contribute to the group’s research and outreach efforts. More information on the project and the research group is available at http://beyondspacetime.net/.

The fellowship is fixed-term for six months, to be negotiated with the successful candidate. The salary is $15,000 for six months. Research funds will be available for travel to relevant conferences and to visit the project’s other group at the University of Geneva. The successful candidate must remain enrolled as a full-time student at their home institution, and will not be admitted into any degree program at UIC. The fellowship will not cover any costs (such as tuition and fees) at the home institution.

Applications must contain a cover letter detailing the pertinent experience and motivation for the position, a CV, a 1-2 page description of the dissertation project, one writing sample, and two letters of reference (sent under separate cover). They should be sent to Professor Nick Huggett at huggett@uic.edu.

Review of the files will begin on October 11, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates files may be reviewed by qualified members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the best qualified candidate will be selected by Professors Huggett and Wüthrich.

Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Professor Nick Huggett at huggett@uic.edu.

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20th Annual LMP Conference

JUNE 24 – 25, 2021

Join us for the twentieth annual Philosophy of Logic, Math and Physics (LMP) graduate student conference in philosophy hosted by Western University in London, Ontario, Canada over Zoom. The LMP Graduate Student Conference will bring together philosophers of logic, mathematics, and physics for two days of presentations and discussions with some of the leaders in these fields. We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker this year is James Owen Weatherall from the University of California, Irvine.

Links for registration and the event program can be found at our website: logicmathphysics.uwo.ca.

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Pittsburgh: 2-year postdoc in philosophy of physics

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. Continue reading

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CFA: ‘Cosmology Beyond Spacetime’ Summer Institute, 27 June – 2 July 2021

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
27 June – 2 July 2021

Further information, when available, at http://beyondspacetime.net/2021summerinstitute/.

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CFP: 24th International Summer School in Urbino

*Call for Participation* and *Call for Papers*
BLACK HOLES AND THE INFORMATION LOSS PARADOX

XXIV International Summer School in Philosophy of Physics
07-10 June 2021, University of Urbino

Submission deadline: March 24, 2021.

For further information please write to: cirfis.scuolaestiva@gmail.com

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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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