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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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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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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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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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Postdoc: Ethics of quantum technologies, TU Delft

Postdoc Position Designing Stakeholder Meetings on the Ethics of Quantum Technologies (0,8 FTE)

Challenge: Find ways to explore the ethics of quantum technologies.
Change: Design tools like scenario building and co-creation stakeholder events.
Impact: The ethical issues of future technology

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Postdoc: LARSIM, Paris-Saclay

LARSIM group at CEA-Saclay will hire a postdoctoral researcher to work with Dr. Alexei Grinbaum in the foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum information. Topics of interest may include, but aren’t limited to, non-classical resource theories, indefinite causal orders, or quantum and generalized contextuality. While this research is expected to be of theoretical and mathematical nature, professional contact with experimental groups inside and outside CEA will be appreciated. Collaborations in Paris area may include Paris Center for Quantum Computing, ENS Paris-Saclay, or INRIA.
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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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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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Call for applications: Junior fellowship in philosophy of physics, Geneva

Call for Applications:
JUNIOR FELLOWSHIP in PHILOSOPHY OF PHYSICS
University of Geneva

The Geneva Symmetry Group at the University of Geneva’s Department of Philosophy solicits applications for a six-months junior visiting fellowship for advanced PhD students, starting 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant `Cosmology Beyond Spacetime’.
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Postdoc position at Bonn

3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on the History and Philosophy of Gravitational Wave Physics

The University of Bonn invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in history and philosophy of physics. The advertised position is part of the project on “The role of inference to the best explanation in the discovery of gravitational waves” in the DFG-funded research unit Inductive Metaphysics. Applications from candidates with a suitable background in philosophy of physics, history of physics or indeed gravitational physics itself, would be particularly welcome. The deadline for application is 29 February 2020. For the official job ad including details on how to apply, please see here:

https://www.history-and-philosophy-of-physics.com/jobs.html

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