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Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy of Biology (EXPIRED)

Institute of Philosophy, Leibniz Universität Hannover

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Philosophy of Biology
AOS categories Philosophy of Biology
Philosophy of Science
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
Start date 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter
Job description

The Institute of Philosophy invites applications for the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy of Biology (m/f/d, Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 100%)

starting November 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is limited to 18 months. 

Responsibilities and duties 

This position is part of the research project “The Explanatory Scope of Generalized Darwinism: Towards Criteria for Evolutionary Explanations Outside Biology” (GenDar), which is funded jointly by the Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft (DFG) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). The GenDar project consists of two research teams, one at the Institute of Philosophy (Leibniz University Hannover) and one at the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). The project is jointly lead by Thomas Reydon (Hannover) and Philippe Huneman (Paris). Further information on the GenDar project can be found on https://www.reydon.info/research-projects and the complete project description can be obtained from Thomas Reydon (email below).

The successful candidate’s main task will be to conduct research on one of the topics covered by the Hannover team in the GenDar research project. The successful candidate will be based in Hannover, but will work in close cooperation with the Paris team and spend several brief research visits in Paris.

Employment conditions and requirements

To qualify for the position, applicants should hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in an area relevant to the research project (typically a degree in Philosophy, HPS, (Theoretical) Biology, or a related area). Applicants should be fluent in English and should clearly demonstrate an interest in the topics studied in the GenDar project (the epistemology and metaphysics of evolutionary theory, evolutionary explanations, evolutionary social science, the use of theories from the natural sciences in the social sciences, etc.). A demonstrable background in Philosophy of Biology and/or (Theoretical) Evolutionary Biology will be advantageous. 

The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Womenare under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

For further information about the GenDar project and the available position, please contact Professor Dr. Thomas Reydon ([email protected]).


The deadline for applications is June 13, 2021. Please submit your application with supporting documents (minimally: a cover letter explaining your interest, your qualifications for the position and your specific interest in working as part of the Institute of philosophy in Hannover, plus your CV, plus a short writing sample) preferably as a single pdf by email to

Professor Thomas Reydon ([email protected])

or by mail to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover

Institut für Philosophie

Herrn Prof. Dr. Thomas Reydon

Im Moore 21

30167 Hannover




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How to apply
Application type Email
Email to apply
Hard deadline June 13, 2021, 12:00am CET
Web address for more information https://www.uni-hannover.de/en/jobs/4261/
Contact name Thomas Reydon
Contact email
Time created April 20, 2021, 7:52pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date June 13, 2021, 12:00am CET
Expired on June 14, 2021, 12:46am CET
Last updated August 13, 2021, 3:00pm UTC
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This is not a teaching position, just research, so it is not connected to the usual tenure-track job cycle. Also, the position is not in the USA.