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PAIR/COMPAIN Research Fellowship in Philosophy of AI & Neurophilosophy/Philosophy of Science/Philosophy of Pain

Centre for Philosophy of AI Research, Friedrich-Alexander-University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Neurophilosophy/Philosophy of Science/Philosophy of Pain & Philosophy of AI
AOS categories Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Science
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany
Start date 1st of October 2024 (negotiable)
Job description

The Centre of Philosophy and AI Research {PAIR} at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) is offering two 100% Research Fellowships. This one, 100% and co-funded by the COMPAIN project, focuses both on Neurophilosophy/Philosophy of Science/Philosophy of Pain and the Philosophy of AI

– Research Environment 

PAIR was founded in 2022 with support from a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Vincent C. Müller at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU, est. 1743). 

Our vision is to help set the agenda in the philosophy and ethics of AI, through publications, events, structures, and visible activities. This research will generate intellectual progress that can have a deep impact towards a better society. Our work involves excellent people with a background in philosophy, cognitive sciences, neurosciences, social sciences, political science, and computer sciences. 

PAIR currently has 13 core members: The director, a director of research, 4 post-doc research fellows, 4 PhD students, 2 post-docs associated with funded projects (BMBF-PsychedELSI and DFG-PhiMiSci), 1 admin; plus visiting fellows and affiliated FAU faculty. We offer an international, stimulating, supportive, and pleasant research environment – situated in a lively and modern workplace in the centre of beautiful Erlangen. The working language at PAIR is English. For more information, visit


Besides being involved with PAIR, each position will interact with the members of the COMPAIN consortium in Germany (Claudia Bozzaro, Frauke Nees, Dominik Koesling) and Taiwan (Ying-Tung Lin, Chris McCarroll, Chia-Shu Lin). 

– Position, Project, and Tasks

What matters to us is your contribution to intellectual progress in research, plus contributions to the team overall (publications, funding, visibility, cooperation, ...). Academic excellence is assumed, as are teamwork, an international outlook, and fluent English. The position involves co-supervision of PhD candidates at the Centre and possibly contributions to classroom teaching (jointly not more than 20% FTE). 10% FTE would concern the support of PAIR activities, in particular the diamond open access journals “Philosophy and the Mind Sciences”. Research fellows are expected to be mostly working on-site at PAIR.

This position is funded 50% by the EU ERANET NEURON project COMPAIN, which investigates pain ontologies from the perspective of neurophilosophy and medical ethics. PAIR's part of this project is headed by Sascha Benjamin Fink; the consortium includes a German team, headed by Claudia Bozzaro, and a Taiwanese team, headed by Ying-Tung Lin. For more, see here: https://www.neuron-eranet.eu/wp-content/uploads/Lay_COMPAIN.pdf 

A background in neurophilosophy, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of biology, philosophy of pain, or medical ethics is considered a plus. Besides working on on COMPAIN, the candidate will have the freedom to develop their own projects in the Philosophy of AI.

Informal but targeted inquiries about position A to Sascha Benjamin Fink: [email protected] 

– Benefits 

Starting dates: 01.10.2024 (negotiable).

The appointments are initially for 36 months. Employment beyond that point will depend on the funding situation. Part-time employment is possible, if needed. 

Salary at level TV-L E13, full-time (currently ca. €55.-73.000/year, before tax, depending on experience). The employment includes social security benefits, health insurance (1/2 employer, 1/2 employee), pension, sick pay, etc. There is funding for travel to conferences and for the organisation of events.

– Requirements

PhD in a relevant field, normally by the time of appointment. 

A visa & work permit for the EU/Germany is not required at the time of application. Learning or improving German language skills is supported by PAIR.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, values diversity, and promotes an inclusive culture. FAU is a family-friendly employer.

How to apply
Application type Email
Applications via e-mail to [email protected], with subject line "PAIR/COMPAIN Research Fellow". We advertise another position in parallel; so if you wish to be considered for both jobs, the please apply twice. Send us a single PDF that includes: (1) A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) where you sketch how you relate to the themes of the relevant position and what projects you would like to pursue on AI and philosophy. (2) CV (3) Writing sample of what the candidate considers their best work (4) Contact information for 2 references Deadline is the 16th of June. Interviews will be held in the week of the 22nd to the 26th of July (online).
Web address to apply http://pair.fau.de
Email to apply
Hard deadline June 16, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.neuron-eranet.eu/wp-content/uploads/La...
Contact name Sascha Benjamin Fink
Contact email
Time created May 14, 2024, 9:09pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date June 16, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Last updated June 7, 2024, 2:59pm UTC
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