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Professor (open rank)

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Lucerne

Job category Faculty (open rank) / Contract type open
AOS Philosophy and Blockchain
AOS categories Metaphysics and Epistemology
Philosophy of Computing
Applied Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Philosophy and Blockchain
AOC categories Metaphysics and Epistemology
Philosophy of Computing
Applied Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland
Start date February 1, 2025 (or by agreement)
Job description

The University of Lucerne is a modern and dynamic human sciences university located in the heart of Switzerland and Europe. In keeping with our motto of 'Moving Human Sciences' and with our six faculties and two academies, soon to be joined by two university research centers, we focus on people and their institutions. Our aim is to develop the University of Lucerne into a pioneering, internationally renowned center for research and teaching in the human sciences.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences with its ten departments and centers focuses on interdisciplinarity and innovation in research and teaching. The faculty offers its nearly 800 students a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree programs, many of which are unique in Switzerland. We place great emphasis on excellent supervision and close connection between teaching and research.   As of February 1, 2025, or by agreement, we are looking to fill the following position for the Zug Institute for Blockchain Research Professor of Philosophy and Blockchain (100%, open rank) The successful candidate will play an active role in establishing the interdisciplinary "Zug Institute for Blockchain Research at the University of Lucerne". Based in the Canton of Zug, the institute is planned to consist of a total of nine professorships from five different faculties at the University of Lucerne. The newly appointed professorships and their research teams will focus on the social, political, legal and economic consequences of blockchain technology. The aim is to create an institute for blockchain research with a human science focus that is unique in the world in terms of its breadth and diversity.

As the holder of the professorship (m/f/d) you are responsible for the area “Philosophy and Blockchain." Possible fields of research (non-exhaustive) include questions about the nature of blockchain, ethical implications of blockchain, epistemological implications of blockchain, and related topics. You will teach in the field of “Philosophy and Blockchain", represent the subject sustainably and visibly in research and participate in further education. A qualification in other areas of philosophy and their interfaces with digitalization is also desirable.

You will complement the courses in the Department of Philosophy by providing high-quality lectures and seminars for the BA and MA programme “Philosophy" and the interfaculty programme “Philosophy, Politics and Economics". Additionally, you will actively participate in the development of new study programmes both within and between faculties. Your experience with interdisciplinary degree programmes, teaching in philosophy, and student supervision is an advantage.

In addition to high-quality teaching, you will also have an outstanding research record. This results from research achievements such as national and international publications, third-party funding acquired to date, as well as prizes and other awards, in accordance with the academic age to be calculated. The “Zug Institute for Blockchain Research at the University of Lucerne" expects the professorship's research to make a visible contribution to national and international debates on “Philosophy and Blockchain" through relevant publications and the acquisition of third-party funding.

The general hiring requirements are based on § 2 of the appointment regulations of the University of Lucerne. A completed doctorate is required for the position. For a full professorship, a habilitation or habilitation-equivalent achievements in philosophy are needed. For an assistant professorship with tenure track, a doctorate and a subsequent project for a habilitation in philosophy are both required. Part-time professorships are possible.
A positive work environment and supporting students and academic staff at all levels are very important to the University of Lucerne. Therefore, in addition to having high qualifications in teaching and research, we are also looking for someone who has excellent social skills and teamwork abilities, a high level of motivation for implementing equal opportunity policies, an eagerness to supervise doctoral and post-doctoral scientists, and a high level of willingness to engage in administrative responsibilities. We also expect an openness to collaborate in both teaching and research across faculties. Teaching in English or German is possible.

You already have German language proficiency at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or you will get it soon enough.
The University of Lucerne explicitly encourages qualified female scientists to apply as part of its mission to increase the representation of women in research and teaching. We particularly invite applications from people with disabilities, people of color, and people who identify as members of racial or ethnic minorities in the Swiss context in order to further diversity and equal opportunity. The University of Lucerne promotes work-life balance. The assistant professorship can also be filled at 75% workload to improve that balance.

We provide a stimulating work environment at a vibrant faculty, ideal circumstances for your continued growth, and a place of employment with a high quality of life. A motivated and committed team will support you.

The employment conditions adhere to the personnel laws of the Canton of Lucerne.   Prof. Dr. Daniel Speich Chassé, the chair of the appointment committee, can provide you with additional information about the application process at [email protected]. Please email Prof. Dr. Nadja El Kassar at [email protected] with any questions you may have about the position's specific requirements. Talks and interviews with candidates are expected to take place from October 28 until October 31, 2024. Your application is due on August 4, 2024. We kindly ask you to apply via the application button below and according to the guidelines in our guide. Please submit electronically using this link.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://www.unilu.ch/en/university/personnel/human...
Hard deadline August 4, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.unilu.ch/en/university/personnel/human...
Contact name Nadja El Kassar
Contact email
Time created July 8, 2024, 9:21pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date August 4, 2024, 11:59pm CET
Last updated July 8, 2024, 9:21pm UTC
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