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Institute of Philosophy, University of Neuchatel

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Open but preferrably linked to responsibility
AOC Any of the following
AOC categories Epistemology
Philosophy of Action
Normative Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Value Theory
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Start date Any time between 1 June 2024 and 1 September 2024
Job description

General information:

  • The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel seeks to appoint two individuals to work on the SNF-project “The Defence First Approach to Responsibility”, led by Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette. The goal of the project is to investigate the nature of defences (justifications, excuses, and exemptions) and to use them to tackle traditional questions of moral responsibility.
  • The two positions could be occupied by 2 doctoral students or 2 postdocs, or one of each.
  • Note that the language requirements have been changed compared to the previous advertisement.

Starting date:

Any time between 1 June 2024 and 1 September 2024

Duration of the Contract:

3,5 years, extendable to 4.

Place of Employment:

Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Neuchâtel, Espace Tilo-Frey 1, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Year 1: CHF 47'886.60 (3'990.55/month);

Year 2: CHF 49'413 (4'117.80/month);

Year 3/4: CHF 50'940.60 (4'245.05/month).

(As of 2 Feb 2024, 1 CHF ≈ 1,07 Euro ≈ 1,15 $)

Job Description:

  • Research/thesis writing under the supervision of Prof. S-P Chevarie-Cossette.
  • Teaching & monitoring: less than two hours per week, not necessarily related to the project. Possibility of supervising undergraduate theses.
  • Participation in the evaluation and proctoring of exams.
  • Active engagement in the day-to-day functioning and development of the Institute of Philosophy: organisation of conferences, promotion of philosophy to prospective students, etc.
  • Participation in the weekly research symposium (every Tuesday) as well as other symposia and conferences organised by the Institute of Philosophy.
  • Presentations at international conferences.
  • Doctoral students should normally spend a term or two as a visiting student in a different institution during their contract.


  • Master’s Degree in Philosophy completed at the start date.
  • Background in moral philosophy or philosophy of action or philosophy of law or epistemology.
  • Curiosity and ability to conduct original research.
  • Passion for teaching.
  • Strong French OR English, and minimal comprehension of the other language. A transition period for non-native speakers is completely fine, and teaching in both languages will not be required.
How to apply
Application type Email
Applications must include the following: (1) A cover letter explaining the applicant’s fit for the position (one page). (2) Curriculum vitae. (3) A thesis project proposal (one page). (4) A 3000-to-9000-word writing sample (ideally, on a topic relevant to the project). (5) Copies of grade transcripts. (6) Two letters of recommendation (to be sent separately by the assessors). Applications should be sent as a single PDF document to Prof. Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette at [email protected].
Web address to apply https://www.unine.ch/philo/home/research/the-defen...
Email to apply
Hard deadline May 1, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.unine.ch/philo/home/research/the-defen...
Contact name Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette
Contact email
Time created February 8, 2024, 5:19pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date May 1, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Expired on May 3, 2024, 12:46am CET
Last updated June 2, 2024, 3:00pm UTC
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