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Three Postdoctoral Research Fellows (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Central European University

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics
AOS categories Epistemology
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 3
Organization's reference number 2023/083
Location Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Start date Between February 1, 2024 and September 1, 2024
Job description

CEU is the lead institution in the recently awarded FWF Cluster of Excellence research project, Knowledge in Crisis. This is a collaboration between four institutions (CEU and the universities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg) to explore fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of knowledge and its construction and consumption. The Cluster of Excellence initiative is part of the FWF’s largest ever research funding scheme.

The Cluster investigates the current crisis of knowledge. Claims to knowledge are being threatened by rapid and spectacular developments in technology, and by attacks on the very ideas of knowledge and truth themselves. The aim of the Cluster is to advance our understanding of this crisis. It will explore fundamental philosophical questions about the nature of knowledge and investigate various challenges to scientific and other knowledge. In this pursuit it brings together philosophers working on metaphysics, ethics, political and social philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and epistemology to jointly investigate the many facets of the crisis. More details may be found here: https://philosophy.ceu.edu/knowledge-crisis-project

The leader of the Cluster (the Director of Research) is Professor Tim Crane of the CEU Philosophy Department. When all the new academic appointments will be made, the Cluster will involve over 45 researchers. The overall budget of the Cluster is 15M euros over 5 years, to be distributed across the four institutions.

CEU invites applications for three postdoctoral research fellows to work on some philosophical themes covered by the project. We welcome applications from philosophers working in one or more of the following areas:


              Philosophy of Mind and Psychology

              Philosophy of Language

              Philosophy of Science

              Social and Political Philosophy


We hope to appoint postdocs in three distinct areas, but our final decision will depend on the suitability and quality of the applicants.

Your main tasks

  • to conduct independent research in one or more of the areas listed above, in the context of the project
  • to disseminate their research through publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals
  • to actively participate in the regular meetings and events of the Cluster of Excellence
  • to contribute to Cluster activities by organizing Cluster events (e.g., workshops, seminars, talks, summer schools)
  • to participate in outreach activities of the Cluster, and contribute to events aimed at the general public
  • to help with organizational tasks that are needed in the Cluster from time to time

Your qualifications and skills

  • a PhD in philosophy (completed and submitted by the application deadline)
  • excellent written and spoken English
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • willingness to take on a formative role in fostering a community across the Cluster
  • willingness to take part in public outreach events (in English or German or both)
  • organizational skills

It is not essential for applicants to have publications, but published or forthcoming articles in good journals are likely to aid your application.

While there are no teaching duties associated with these positions there may be opportunities to teach courses at CEU (for additional pay). All teaching at the CEU is in English.

Each postdoc will receive a small annual research allowance to help them with travel to conferences, etc.


We offer competitive remuneration of 55 407 EUR/year (gross) as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The contract would be for four years.

We expect to shortlist candidates for interview by the end of 2023, and to hold online interviews in early January 2024.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

CEU is strongly committed to the promotion of gender equality and equal opportunities within the institution. CEU does not discriminate on the basis of—including, but not limited to—race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender and sexual orientation in administering its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other university-administered programs.

The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. We collect, use, and store your personal information in accordance with the requirements of the applicable data privacy rules, including specifically the General Data Protection Regulation. To learn more about how we manage your personal data during the recruitment process, please see our Privacy Notice at https://www.ceu.edu/recruitment-privacy-notice-austria.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor's, master’s and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

For more information, please visit https://www.ceu.edu/.

How to apply
Application type Email
Applicants need to submit (in PDF): · A comprehensive CV, including: o a list of publications, if any; and o the names and contact details of three referees. Please name the file ‟<Your name> CV”; e.g., ‟Julia Gonzalez CV” · A writing sample. Please name the file ‟<Your name> <Title or few words of the title> WS”; e.g., ‟Julia Gonzalez Explanatory Gap WS” · A (2-3 page) cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and their interest in being part of the project. Please name the file ‟<Your name> CEU cover letter”; e.g., ‟Julia Gonzalez CEU cover letter” Please send your complete application package to [email protected] - including job code in subject line: 2023/083.
Web address to apply https://www.ceu.edu/job/three-postdoctoral-researc...
Email to apply
Hard deadline November 30, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.ceu.edu/
Contact name Tim Crane
Contact email
Time created October 23, 2023, 5:38pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date November 30, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Expired on December 2, 2023, 12:46am CET
Last updated January 31, 2024, 3:00pm UTC
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