Junior Fellowship in Philosophy of Quantum Gravity, Geneva

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Deadline:  2015-09-14

Location:  Geneva, Switzerland

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva solicits applications for a one-year junior visiting fellowship for advanced PhD students, starting Fall 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’.

Candidates must be ABD in a PhD program at an accredited university, working on a dissertation in the philosophy of quantum gravity, broadly construed. The fellowship will provide support for the successful candidate to spend a year away from their home institution to work with the project’s Geneva group led by Professor Christian Wuthrich, and to benefit from interactions with project members and from participation in the project’s activities. The successful candidate will participate in a tutoring program directed by Professor Wuthrich. They will be expected to participate in weekly group meetings during term, help with the administration and organization of the group’s activities, and contribute to the group’s research and outreach efforts. Fluency in English is required. More information on the project and the research group is available at http://beyondspacetime.net/.

The fellowship is fixed-term for one year, although we will consider applications for a six-month period. The salary will depend on the candidate’s prior experience, but is expected to be around CHF 51,000. Research funds will be available for travel to relevant conferences and to visit the project’s other group at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The successful candidate will remain a student at their home institution, and will not be admitted into any degree program at Geneva. The fellowship will not cover any costs (such as tuition and fees) at the home institution.

Applications must contain a cover letter detailing the pertinent experience and motivation for the position, a CV, a 1-2 page description of the dissertation project, one writing sample, and two letters of reference (sent under separate cover). They should be sent to Professor Christian Wuthrich at christian.wuthrich[AT]unige.ch.

Review of the files will begin on September 14, 2015 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.

Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Professor Christian Wuthrich at christian.wuthrich[AT]unige.ch.