PhD Fellowship in Philosophy of Biology (EXPIRED)
Institut Supérieur De Philosophie, Universite catholique de Louvain
|Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
|Philosophy of (Developmental) Biology
Philosophy of Biology
|Molecular and/or Developmental Biology
Philosophy of Science
|Louvain-la-Neuve, Walloon Region, Belgium
|Negotiable, between September, 2023 and September, 2024
The UCLouvain ARC (Actions de recherche concertées) project Epistemodevo is hiring a funded PhD fellow in the philosophy of biology (more precisely, the philosophy of developmental biology). The fellowship will last four years, and will involve the candidate working with me as supervisor, as well as being embedded in the labs of three practicing developmental biologists: René Rezsohazy, Françoise Gofflot, and Frédéric Lemaigre.
We are thus seeking a PhD candidate in philosophy of science who has at least some experience with or training in molecular biology, with a serious interest in working in an interdisciplinary team situated between the philosophy of biology and biological practice. If this sounds like an interesting opportunity to you and your skills match (or are even close to!) this description, please get in touch!
In short, the biological advances here propose to move beyond the traditional gene regulatory network (GRN) framework for understanding gene regulation in developmental biology. The empirical work of the three biological labs involved in the project will attempt to add to a GRN picture an understanding of what happens to the relevant proteins after translation. The philosophical project, then, is to evaluate the epistemic consequences of this empirical move.
While I will work with the candidate to help refine the particular project in line with their interests, some general possibilities for the dissertation topic could include:
Note that you will need to have finished a research (120h) master’s degree (or equivalent) in order to be considered eligible to enter UCLouvain’s doctoral programs. It is possible that an exception could be made for a candidate coming from North America who does not hold a master’s degree (i.e., who would normally get one in the process of getting a doctorate, as is common in the United States); if you are interested in the position and in this situation, please send me an email and we can discuss things further.
Your master’s degree must also be in philosophy or a closely related field. Unfortunately, entrance requirements make it nearly impossible for a student trained only in biology to enter the philosophy Ph.D. program here.
|How to apply
Candidates are asked to prepare the following materials: (1) Short cover letter, expressing interest and motivation (maximum 1 page); (2) Curriculum vita; (3) Sample of written work (maximum 30 pages); (4) List of courses and grades from the master’s degree, as well as the grade from the master’s thesis and any report from the thesis defense (if available); (5) The names and email addresses of two professors whom I could contact for a reference, if needed.
|Email to apply
|Deadline for full consideration:
May 31, 2023, 11:59pm CET
(applications under review)
|No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
|Web address for more information
|April 20, 2023, 6:50pm UTC
|Scheduled expiry date
|October 16, 2023, 11:10am CET
|August 13, 2023, 7:41pm CET
|October 13, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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