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Postdoc (2 or 3 years)

Department of Philosophy, Tilburg University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS History of Philosophy of Science, History of Logic, Intellectual History
AOS categories 19th/20th Century Philosophy
Philosophy of Science
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands
Start date August or September 2022
Job description

JOB: Two Postdoc Positions (2-3 years, 1fte) in History of Philosophy of Science and/or Digital Humanities 

The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University seeks to appoint two postdoctoral researchers (2 or 3 years, 0,8 - 1,0 FTE) in the NWO Vidi project “Exiled Empiricists: American Philosophy and the Great Intellectual Migration”. Starting date: August or September 2022.

Profiles of the candidates
The postdoc’s primary responsibility will be to contribute to the research project (description below) and to publish in peer-reviewed journals and books. The researcher should also contribute to the project in other ways, such as by giving conference presentations, (co-)editing a special issue, and (co-)organizing reading groups and workshops. Furthermore, the researcher will be a member of the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) and contribute to its colloquia and seminars.

Requirements position 1. 
AOS: History of Philosophy of Science/History of Logic/Intellectual History

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who satisfies the following requirements:

  • A completed PhD in philosophy, HPS, STS, intellectual history or a related field.
  • A strong, promising track-record of international peer-reviewed publications
  • Affinity with the topic of the project
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English, as demonstrated by published work.
  • Experience with archival studies is an advantage but not a requirement.
  • An entrepreneurial and team player attitude is highly valued.
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to the development and acquisition of externally funded projects.
     

Requirements position 2. 
AOS: Digital Humanities/Scientometrics/Bibliometrics

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who satisfies the following requirements:

  • A completed PhD in philosophy, computer science, history, computational linguistics or a related field.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of bibliometric methods such as topic modeling, citation analysis, and concordance analysis.
  • Solid programming skills in Python and optionally other programming languages.
  • A strong, promising track-record of international peer-reviewed publications
  • Affinity with the topic of the project
  • Demonstrable research experience in philosophy, HPS, STS, intellectual history, or a related field in humanities is an advantage but not a requirement.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in English, as demonstrated by published work.
  • An entrepreneurial and team player attitude is highly valued.
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to the development and acquisition of externally funded projects.

The project 

Exiled Empiricists: American Philosophy and the Great Intellectual Migration

The Exiled Empiricists project is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and led by Sander Verhaegh within the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS), Tilburg University.

Summary: In the 1930s, hundreds of European academics fled to the United States, escaping the quickly deteriorating political situation on the continent. Among them were a few dozen philosophers from a variety of schools: logical empiricists, critical theorists, and phenomenologists. Especially the first group would have a tremendous impact on American philosophy. Whereas the local intellectual climate had been dictated by American traditions like pragmatism, U.S. philosophers soon began to advance views that were heavily indebted to the empiricists. In fact, much of academic philosophy today is still shaped by the discussions and practices first instigated in this disruptive period.

Although historians have reconstructed the fate of the exiled empiricists, little attention has been paid to the American context in which their movement came to full bloom. This is surprising, since any account of the empiricists’ success requires an explanation of why the Americans were so receptive to their views. To what extent did developments in American philosophy pave the way for logical empiricism? And why was the American community more receptive to empiricism than to critical theory or phenomenology? This project shifts the perspective from the refugees to the local philosophical climate by 1) quantitatively analyzing thousands of American journal publications and 2) qualitatively examining the archives of dozens of key American philosophers and institutions.

A more detailed description of the project can be found on the project website.

Employment terms and conditions 

We offer a temporary postdoctoral position of two or three years (0.8-1.0 fte) in a stimulating and dynamic interdisciplinary research environment. You will work in close collaboration with the project’s principal investigator and have regular team meetings with the other members of the group, PhD students, and external visiting fellows. In accordance with the conditions as indicated in the CAO NU, the salary is dependent on the candidate’s experience and is set at CAO NU scale 10 with a minimum of € 2.836,- gross per month, on a fulltime basis.

Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent terms of employment, such as a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually), an options model and reimbursement of moving expenses. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The collective labor agreement of the Dutch Universities applies. Successful candidates must remain at least 80% of their working days in the Netherlands (as a requirement of tax and social security laws).

The Department
The Department of Philosophy (DFI) at Tilburg University is both an important center of academic teaching and internationally recognized for its research. It offers a lively, amicable and stimulating teaching and research environment. The department provides a supportive, collegial environment free from the (unhealthy) climate of competition that has become the standard in academia.

Philosophical research at Tilburg is often done in an interdisciplinary framework. Research is organized in two groups: TiLPS (Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science) and PHC&E (Philosophy of Humanity, Culture, and Ethics). 

Further information and application

For inquiries about the positions and the project, please contact the Principal Investigator of the project, Sander Verhaegh, at A.A.Verhaegh[at]tilburguniversity.edu.

The candidate should submit all of the following documents: 

  1. a letter of application, which should include mention of the position you are applying for and may include explanations of any circumstances that you would like to be taken into account when considering your application (e.g. impact of Covid-19 restrictions, parental leave, etc.);
  2. a CV, including the names and contact information of two referees. (reference letters will be requested only for shortlisted candidates);
  3. a research plan (max. 1000 words).

Note for PhD students: your application will only be taken into account if you have successfully defended your PhD or if you can provide an official guarantee that your thesis defense is scheduled before August 1, 2022.

The deadline for applications is January 14, 2022. We will inform shortlisted candidates, before February 14, 2022. Interviews and short research talks will be held on March 1 and 2 by Zoom. Decisions will be announced before March 20, 2022.

Applications must be submitted here.

Tilburg University
Tilburg University is an inspiring university offering a stimulating and challenging environment for students, staff, and alumni. The university highly values authenticity, academic freedom, professionalism, and continuous development. In its top-quality education and research programs in the disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities, the university is committed to addressing equality issues in society at national and international levels. It does so by training people for positions of responsibility in society and by contributing to socially sustainable solutions.

Tilburg University draws on a rich tradition which nourishes reflection and which also encourages the academic community's awareness of its philosophy in relation to academic discipline.

Tilburg University is committed to the value of diversity and, in that spirit, welcomes applications from underrepresented groups within philosophy and academia, including members of minority groups and people with disabilities. Information about the various measures Tilburg University has undertaken to increase gender equality, diversity and inclusion can be found on the Working at Tilburg University /Gender & Diversity page.

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.

Recruitment code
Tilburg University applies the recruitment code of the Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqc...
Hard deadline January 14, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Contact
Web address for more information https://exiledempiricists.com/job-openings/
Contact name Sander Verhaegh
Contact email
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