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Deadline: 2016-02-29
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Postdoc Position in Philosophy of Quantum Gravity, Geneva, Switzerland

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a two-year postdoctoral research position, starting 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. A start after 1 September 2016 would shorten the postdoc to less than two years; an earlier start may be possible. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the project’s research by pursuing their own research in the philosophy of quantum gravity and by collaborating on existing research efforts within the Geneva group led by Professor Christian Wuthrich. They will be expected to participate in weekly project meetings during term, help with the administration and organization of the group’s activities, and contribute to the group’s outreach efforts. The successful candidate will be invited to contribute to the project’s summer school to take place in Wisconsin, 19-24 June 2016. Fluency in English is required. More information on the project and the research group is available at

Applicants with experience in either the philosophy or the foundations of quantum gravity broadly construed will be preferred, but we will also consider applicants with backgrounds in other areas of philosophy of physics, foundational research in physics, or metaphysics. All work toward the Ph.D. must be completed before the starting date. Candidates who defended their Ph.D. recently will be preferred.

The position is fixed-term for two years. The annual salary is expected to be around CHF 61,000. Research funds for travel to relevant conferences and to the group at the University of Illinois at Chicago will be provided.

Applications must contain a cover letter detailing the pertinent experience for the position, a CV, a one-page research statement describing the work to be accomplished during the postdoc including publication plans, one or two writing samples, and three letters of reference. The letters of reference must be sent under separate cover. All materials should be sent to Professor Christian Wuthrich at christian.wuthrich[AT]

Review of the files will begin on 29 February 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Candidates files will be reviewed by qualified members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the best qualified candidate will be selected by Professors Huggett and Wuthrich.

The competition for this position opens on 18 January and closes on 31 March 2016.

Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged.