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Postdoctoral Fellowship (EXPIRED)

Institute of Philosophy, Université de Neuchâtel

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Ontology of artifacts (subproject 1); ontology of economics (subproject 2).
AOS categories Metaphysics and Epistemology
Philosophy of Action
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Social Science
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Start date 1 October 2023
Job description

General information:

  • The goal of this project is to develop and implement an ontology of human-made products and by-products by way of a detailed study of the ontology of artifacts (subproject 1) as well as the ontology of wealth and economic goods (subproject 2).

Duration of the Contract:

30 September 2027 (4 years).

Place of Employment:

Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Neuchâtel, Espace Tilo-Frey 1, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Salary: Year 1: CHF 88'777 (CHF 6'829/month); Year 2: CHF 91'165 (CHF 7'013/month); Year 3: CHF 93'553 (CHF 7'196/month); Year 4: CHF 95'942 (CHF 7'380/month).

Job Description:

  • Single- and co-authored publications related to the postdoctoral project.
  • Presentations of postdoctoral research at national and international conferences.
  • Ontology construction using the tools of first-order logic, OWL (Web Ontology Language) and Protégé (a free and open-source platform for constructing ontologies).
  • Assistance with editorial work.
  • Organization of workshops and conferences.
  • Assistance with funding applications.
  • Maintenance of project website.
  • Logistics connected with project partner visits.
  • Active engagement in the development of the Institute of Philosophy (promotion of philosophy to prospective students, etc.).
  • Participation in the weekly research symposium as well as other symposia and conferences organized by the Institute of Philosophy.
  • Participation in professional training.
  • Regular presence at Institute (an office and IT equipment will be provided).
  • Teaching: two hours per week, related to the project.
  • Participation in the evaluation and proctoring of exams.
  • Advising and mentoring students.


  • Applicants must have a PhD in philosophy.
  • Extensive background in metaphysics, social ontology, philosophy of action, philosophy of economics, or related areas relevant to a study of the ontology of artifacts (subproject 1) and/or the ontology of wealth and economic goods (subproject 2).
  • Curiosity and an established track record of original research.
  • Passion for teaching.
  • Knowledge of English (fluent) required; mastery of, or willingness to learn, French. 
How to apply
Application type Email
Applications must include the following: • A cover letter explaining the applicant’s fit for the position (one page). • A curriculum vitae. • A research statement explaining how the applicant’s research will contribute to the project (two pages). • A writing sample (ideally, on a topic relevant to the project). • Copies of diplomas. • The names and contact information of three references. Application materials should be sent as a single PDF document to Profs. Kathrin Koslicki and Olivier Massin to the following email address: [email protected]. Application deadline: May 31, 2023. For more information, please contact Profs. Kathrin Koslicki ([email protected]) and Olivier Massin ([email protected]). For additional information, please consult the following websites: • the University’s statutes and salary regulations: http://www.unine.ch/srh/assistant-e-s-doctorant-e-s • the Institute of Philosophy: http://www.unine.ch/philo/home.html The University of Neuchâtel promotes diversity among its staff and is committed to offering a non-discriminatory work environment.
Email to apply
Hard deadline May 31, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information http://www.unine.ch/philo/en/home/research/an-onto...
Contact name Kathrin Koslicki; Olivier Massin.
Contact email
Time created December 2, 2022, 4:13pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date May 31, 2023, 1:56pm CET
Expired on May 31, 2023, 2:46pm CET
Last updated July 31, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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