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  • Assistant/associate professorship in Logic and AI, Technical University of Denmark

    There is a vacant assistant/associate professorship (permanent position) at the Technical University of Denmark. The position is within the Algolog group (Algorithms, Logic and Graphs) of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

    We welcome strong applicants in logic, AI, algorithms, data structures and/or graph theory, with slightly higher priority given to logic and AI. The application deadline is 15 October 2014.

    For more information, please see or contact Thomas Bolander (tobo at or the head of the Algolog section, Paul Fischer (pafi at You can read more about the Algolog group at

  • Assistant Professor, Ethics & Digital Culture, UCF Florida (U.S.A.)

    The Department of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a tenure earning Assistant Professor position in Ethics and Digital Culture beginning in August 2015. This is a shared position between the Department of Philosophy and the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program, and the successful candidate will be involved in both areas. This is a 9-month per year position with an expected teaching load (pre-tenure) of 5 courses per academic year, with the possibility of optional summer teaching. The position is pending budgetary approval.

    A Ph.D. in Philosophy or a related field from an accredited university is required by the time of hire.

    The successful candidate will have a research specialization in the study of ethics and digital culture. This could include areas such as: ethical dimensions of new media, ethics and digital pedagogy, the ways that digital environments affect ethical action, social behavior and social justice using digital tools or in digital environments, ethics in gaming, and/or ethics in digital humanities, rhetoric, history, media or communications. The successful candidate must be able to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Demonstrated competence in teaching courses such as Virtual Ethics and Ethical Theory is preferred, as is experience with teaching large classes and/or experience or willingness to develop web-based instruction. Thesis direction at the graduate and undergraduate level will be expected, as will participation in program and course development.

    Job close date: 4 December 2014. For more information, see

  • Two Fixed-Term Lectureships, University of Reading

    The Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK, seeks to appoint two fixed-term (three-year), full-time lecturers, from January 2015 to December 2017.

    One will be a lecturer in non-Western Philosophy, the other a lecturer in Moral Philosophy (although what they each teach for us may not be limited to these areas). The successful applicants will each have a PhD in philosophy or a closely related discipline. In each case s/he will be able to provide high quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    The closing date for applications is Sunday November 2nd, 2014. For more information, see, (Lecturer in Moral Philosophy link) or (Lecturer in Non-Western Philosophy link).

  • Assistant Professor of Game Theory / Operations Research / Social Choice Theory

    Location: Maastricht University

    The Mathematical Economics and Operations Research Group at the Department of Quantitative Economics has a strong research orientation and record in the fields of game theory, mechanism design and social choice theory, including algorithmic and computational aspects. The applicant will be appointed as a tenure track assistant professor and contribute to research and teaching within the overlapping areas of game theory, operations research, and social choice theory. Teaching concerns courses in economics, economic theory, and operations research. Research falls under the program Economic Theory, Behavior and Computation.

    Application deadline: 7 November 2014. For more information, see

  • Schlumberger Foundation "Faculty for the Future" 2015-2016 Fellowships

    The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2015–2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships from September 10th to November 14th, 2014.

    The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide.

    The long-term goal of the program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in STEM disciplines thus contributing to the socio-economic development of their home countries and regions. The program is growing each year and has become a community of 405 women scientists and technologists from 68 countries. Grant recipients are selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents. Ultimately they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach and to become inspirational role models for other young women, especially in the STEM fields.

    For more information, see and

  • Two PhD/Postdoc Positions in Logic and Multiagent Systems, TU Delft

    There are two open PhD/postdoc positions (PhD: 4 years, postdoc: 2 years), attached to a newly funded NWO Vidi grant obtained by Birna van Riemsdijk at TU Delft.

    The project is entitled Computational Reasoning for Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners (CoreSAEP). The research lies in the intersection of theoretical computer science (formal semantics, temporal logic) and multi-agent systems (agent programming, normative systems). The overall aim of the project is to develop a reasoning framework that combines logic and quantitative techniques for Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners (SAEPs) that adapt their behavior to norms and values of people. This becomes more and more important as technology becomes an integral part of our daily lives. The computational reasoning techniques are aimed at determining when and to what extent norm-compliance can be guaranteed, and deciding what to do if in exceptional situations a norm cannot or should not be complied with. We will implement the reasoning framework to evaluate its run-time behavior.

    Initial application deadline: 15 December 2014. For more information, see

  • 2 PhD Positions in Philosophy of Mind (especially Philosophy of Perception at University of Antwerp

    Applications are invited for three fully and (for US and UK standards) very generously paid PhD studentships in philosophy at the University of Antwerp. The PhD student will be part of Bence Nanay's research group and will be supervised by Professor Nanay. The PhD in Belgium normally takes four years and PhD students are public employees with very generous benefits. Antwerp is commutable from a number of European cities, including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Cologne. All research and communication is conducted in English.

    Deadline: November 9. Starting date of the position: Winter/Spring/Summer 2015 (negotiable). For more information, see

  • (New) Lecturer in Philosophy, University College Cork (Ireland)

    UCC wishes to appoint an experienced academic to the role of Lecturer in Philosophy. Reporting to the Head of the Department, the Lecturer will have to teach modules in the areas of Continental European philosophy, especially phenomenology; aesthetics and philosophy of art. Competence and/or an interest in Asian philosophy would be an advantage, since the appointee will be expected to contribute to the new MA programme in Asian and Intercultural Philosophy. Further duties include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community.

    Deadline: 5pm on Thursday, 4th December 2014. For more information, see

  • (New) 2 postdoc vacancies in TINT, Helsinki (Finland)

    The Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT) now the largest centre in its field, is offering one or two new postdoc positions, beginning in January or February 2015. More advanced scholars will also be considered. The position is for 1-3 years

    AREA: philosophy of economics (or neighbouring disciplines), broadly understood (inclusive of social and historical studies of economics in relation to its disciplinary neighbours).

    Deadline 1 December 2014. For more information, see and

  • Postdoctoral position in computational complexity, cryptography, quantum information theory or algorithmic game theory, Aarhus (Denmark)

    A postdoc position is available at CTIC, Department of Computer Science, to be filled as soon as possible. The position is for 1 year with the possibility of extension. The applicant should have a background in at least one of the four focus areas of CTIC: Computational complexity theory, cryptography, quantum information theory or algorithmic game theory.

    CTIC is a collaboration between the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University, Denmark and IIIS at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. We are looking for an applicant committed to playing an active part in continuously building strong research collaborations between the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University and IIIS at Tsinghua University, Beijing. In particular, the successful applicant will spend significant time at IIIS, with funding for such visits being part of the position.

    For more information on the position, see or contact Peter Bro Miltersen at bromille at

  • (New) Postdoctoral position in computer science, Edinburgh (Scotland)

    The Database Group at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, is recruiting a post-doctoral researcher. Whilst the position is primarily open to database researchers with a promising publication record, all applicants who have, or expect to have, a PhD in computer science or closely related field will be considered. Skills in theory, logic, automata, algorithms, as well as systems building experience, are particularly valuable.

    The post is available from 1st December 2014 for one year (with a possibility of extension).

    The project involves research on several aspects of graph databases, including, but not limited to: the design of query languages for graph databases, combining graph topology with data querying, extending languages with complex relations on paths and other features, incomplete information in graph data and RDF.

    For informal inquiries, please send email to Leonid Libkin ( To apply, visit, go to `academic vacancies' and search for vacancy ref 031867. Application deadline: 27 November 2014

  • Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (all disciplines)

    The Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme for 2015 is now open. The Council funds excellent researchers across all disciplines and encourages interdisciplinary research and engagement with enterprise. It aims to support an expertise-driven research system in order to enhance Ireland's innovation capacity and skills base in a rapidly changing global environment where knowledge is key to economic, social and cultural development.

    The Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is intended to support suitably qualified applicants at an early stage of their postdoctoral career to associate with established research teams who have achieved international recognition for their work. These Fellowships can be held for either one or two years and are worth up to a maximum of €45,895 per year.

    Applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degree within the five-year period between 28th February 2010 and 28th February 2015. Applications will only be accepted through the online submission system. The deadline is *Thursday 27th November 2014* at 4 p.m.

    Full details are available at

  • (New) Postdoctoral position in quantum computing, Paris (France)

    The Algorithms and Complexity group of LIAFA (CNRS and University Paris Diderot), Paris, France, is seeking excellent candidates for one or more postdoctoral positions in classical and quantum computing. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): algorithms, streaming algorithms, approximation algorithms, online algorithms, communication complexity, cryptography, computational game theory, quantum computing, computational applications of logic, randomness in computing, privacy.

    Applications should be received by December 1st, 2014. Applications must be received before 1 December, 2014. For more information, see or contact any of the permanent members of the group.

  • Tenure track position in philosophy (female candidates), Groningen (The Netherlands)

    As part of the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Programme for female academics, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen and the newly established University College Groningen (UCG) are offering a Tenure Track Position in Philosophy.

    We are looking for a philosopher with strong interests in interdisciplinary research and teaching in the humanities, with a focus on societal issues. The candidate will be appointed at both faculties with a base in the Faculty of Philosophy for the first five years, after which a move to UCG is to be expected. She will conduct philosophical research in an interdisciplinary context and teach and develop courses in both faculties, at BA and MA level.

    The successful candidate has:
    - a PhD degree in philosophy, preferably for at least 3 years
    - a proven affinity or experience with interdisciplinary research
    - a willingness and ability to apply for Dutch and/or European grants for research projects

    For information on the position see: For general requirements see (with links to further information). Application deadline: December 1st, 2014. Further inquiries can be directed to Prof. Lodi Nauta, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy (l.w.nauta at

  • Assistant Professorship in Logic and Foundations at University of Colorado, Boulder (U.S.A.)

    The Department of Mathematics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, invites applications for a tenure-track position, at the level of Assistant Professor, in Logic and Foundations. This position will begin in Fall 2015. The candidate must have a doctoral degree at the date of appointment, and is expected to have demonstrated the capacity for independent research of excellent quality. In addition to research accomplishments, selection criteria include potential contributions to the educational programs of the Department at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

    To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by December 1, 2014. For more information, see, or contact Donna Maes at maesd at

  • Two positions as associate professor in theoretical philosophy, Bergen (Norway)

    The Department of Philosophy of the University of Bergen (Norway) announces two vacant positions as Associate Professor in Philosophy. The Department wishes to hire a person with research competence in at least one central area in Theoretical Philosophy - particularly Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics or Philosophy of Mind. The Department is also looking for people with competence in Political Philosophy, Ethics and Philosophy of Law. Competence in the History of Philosophy will be considered an advantage in the evaluation of the applicants.

    Application deadline: 21 September 2014. For more information, see

  • Two PhD student / postdoc positions in Formal Semantics & Logic, Delft (The Netherlands)

    The purpose of this announcement is to solicit applications for two PhD/postdoc positions (PhD: 4 years, postdoc: 2 years), attached to a newly funded NWO Vidi grant obtained by Birna van Riemsdijk.

    The project is entitled Computational Reasoning for Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners (CoreSAEP). The research lies in the intersection of theoretical computer science (formal semantics, temporal logic) and multi-agent systems (agent programming, normative systems). The overall aim of the project is to develop a reasoning framework that combines logic and quantitative techniques for Socially Adaptive Electronic Partners (SAEPs) that adapt their behavior to norms and values of people. This becomes more and more important as technology becomes an integral part of our daily lives. The computational reasoning techniques are aimed at determining when and to what extent norm-compliance can be guaranteed, and deciding what to do if in exceptional situations a norm cannot or should not be complied with. We will implement the reasoning framework to evaluate its run-time behavior.

    The associated research posts will be in the following areas:
    POST 1 - formal semantics, temporal logic & normative agents (vacancy number: EWI2014-29)
    POST 2 - quantitative reasoning, logic & normative agents (vacancy number: EWI2014-34)

    Deadline for application: December 15th, 2014. More information on the project and the team you will be working in, can be found on For further information about the positions, please contact Birna van Riemsdijk via email (m.b.vanriemsdijk at

  • (New) Visiting Fellowships in Logic, General Ethics and Philosophy of Science, Tilburg (The Netherlands)

    The Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics and Philosophy of Science invites applications for visiting fellowships for the calendar year 2015 (February-May or September-December). Short visits of several weeks are also possible; however, we encourage applicants to stay for a longer period.

    The fellowships are intended for faculty, postdocs or advanced Ph.D. students. Applicants should be keen on being an active part of a lively research community and on intellectual exchange with the resident fellows of TiLPS. The work of the candidates should relate to logic, philosophy of science, epistemology or ethics, and have a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative work, in line with the overall profile of TiLPS. TiLPS also sustains a full calendar of research events, such as regular seminars, workshops and conferences.

    Applications must be received before 15 December, 2014. For more information, see or contact TiLPS director Jan Sprenger at j.sprenger at

  • (New) Postdoctoral positions in algorithms, Tel Aviv (Israel) & Berkeley CA (U.S.A.)

    The Israeli center of Research Excellence in Algorithms is seeking candidates for three postdoctoral programs:
    I-CORE in Algorithms postdoctoral program,
    I-CORE in Algorithms and the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing in Berkeley - a joint postdoctoral program, and
    Leonardo Fibonacci fellowships - a joint postdoctoral program of I-CORE Algo, CNR and ENEA

    Deadlines: 15 Dec 2014.. For more information, see

  • (New) PhD student position in philosophy of mathematics, Konstanz (Germany)

    At the Department of Philosophy (Theoretical Philosophy / Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller) there is currently a vacancy for a Part-time Ph.D. student Position (Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 50%). The position will be available at project start in February 2015; a later starting date is negotiable, but an early start is preferred. The position will be granted initially for 12 months, with an option for an extension for a second year; funding for a third year will be applied for once the project is under way.

    The position is advertised as part of the new research project "Kulturen der mathematischen Forschung: Identitätspraktiken im Hinblick auf nationale Mathematikkulturen und Beweisstile" (Cultures of mathematical research: identification practices with respect to national cultures of mathematics and styles of proof). The principal investigators of this project are Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller (Konstanz) and Prof. Dr. Benedikt Löwe (Hamburg & Amsterdam). The hired applicant will be based in Konstanz and it is the intention that the applicant be enrolled as a Ph.D. student and receive a Ph.D. degree in philosophy at the Universität Konstanz, but the project involves active and regular interaction with the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the Universität Hamburg, including extended research visits of up to one semester.

    This research project deals with the question of whether there is mathematical content to national mathematical cultures: clearly, there are differences in the mathematical styles of researchers from different countries. But are these differences more than superficial? In other words, can these differences be explained in purely mathematical terms. The project aims to approach this question with empirical means using techniques from the digital humanities (national literary cultures) and qualitative and quantitative empirical social studies.

    The deadline for applications is 17 December 2014. For more information, see

  • Postdoctoral position on "bridging causal and explanatory reasoning", Tilburg (The Netherlands)

    The Tilburg Center for Logic, General Ethics, and Philosophy of Science at the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates must hold a Ph.D by the time of appointment and demonstrate excellence in research in one or more of the following areas of specialization: philosophy of science, philosophy of cognitive science, epistemology, experimental philosophy, or cognitive psychology.

    The postdoc will be part of Matteo Colombo & Jan Sprenger's research project titled "Bridging Causal and Explanatory Reasoning. Normative and Empirical Considerations" funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation, as part of the Priority Program 1516 New Frameworks of Rationality. The project aims to bridge psychological and philosophical approaches to explanatory reasoning, with a focus on the following questions: (a) Is explanatory value exclusively tied to causality? (b) How could measures of explanatory power be fruitfully related to measures of causal strength? (c) In what ways can explanatory, causal, and probabilistic reasoning be fruitfully unified? While these questions are a central focus of the project, there will also be substantial opportunity for the postdoctoral fellow to influence the direction of research.

    Deadline: December, 20, 2014. Details about the vacancy, along with a link to submit an application can be found through the webpage: Inquiries should be directed to dr. Matteo Colombo, e-mail m.colombo at

  • PhD student position in epistemology, Canterbury (England)

    Applications are welcomed for a fully funded, fixed term (three years) PhD studentship in Philosophy, to work on epistemology and philosophy of science at the University of Kent (Canterbury), starting in January. This position is attached to a research project "Grading evidence of mechanisms in physics and biology", funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Prof. Jon Williamson.

    The position will be given to the first suitable candidate. Please see here for further details:

  • (New) Faculty positions in theoretical computer science, Urbana-Champaign IL (U.S.A.)

    The Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is hiring multiple tenure-track faculty positions. We are particularly interested in the following (overlapping) areas:
    * Theoretical Computer Science
    * Machine Learning
    * Programming Languages
    * Computer Systems (including trustworthy computing, distributed, cloud, mobile, OS)
    * Computer Architecture and Parallel Processing

    To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 5, 2015. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For more information, including application instructions, please see our ad at

  • (New) 2015/16 Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowshop (in algorithms), Yorktown NY (U.S.A.)

    The Mathematical Sciences department of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center invites applications for its 2015-2016 Herman Goldstine Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in the mathematical and computer sciences. The fellowship provides scientists of outstanding ability an opportunity to advance their scholarship as resident department members at the Research Center.

    Areas of research include algorithms, complex systems, data mining, dynamical systems, high-performance computing, inverse problems, numerical analysis, optimization, probability theory, statistics, simulation, and operations management.

    Applications will be accepted only if submitted by Jan 16, 2015. More details can be found at

  • (New) Three-year fellowship in philosophy at St Hugh's College, Oxford (England)

    Applications are invited for the post of Career Development Fellow in Philosophy at St Hugh's College, tenable from 1st October 2015. This is a fixed-term, 3-year position intended for an individual who has recently completed a doctorate and wishes to embark on an academic career. It is open to those working in any area of Philosophy.

    The successful candidate will be expected to use the period of the Fellowship to begin building an international research profile. The postholder will also be required to offer teaching for up to four hours per week during term. Career Development Fellows at St Hugh's College are encouraged to take a full part in the intellectual life of the College.

    Further details are available on the College website at The closing date for applications is Monday 9th February 2015.

  • (New) Visiting Fellowship in Mathematical Philosophy, Munich (Germany)

    The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites applications for visiting fellowships for one to three months in the academic year 2015/16 (15 October 2015 to 15 February 2016 or 15 April to 15 July 2016) intended for advanced Ph.D. students ("Junior Fellowships") and postdocs or faculty ("Senior Fellowships"). Candidates should work in general philosophy of science, the philosophy of one of the special sciences, formal epistemology, or social epistemology and have a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative work.

    We also encourage groups of two to four researchers, which may also include scientists, to jointly apply for fellowships (?Research Group Fellowships") to work on an innovative collaborative project from the above-mentioned fields which is of relevance for the research done at the MCMP and which ideally includes a member of the MCMP as a collaborator.

    The deadline for applications is 15 February 2015. Decisions will be made by 1 March 2015. For further information, see or contact Alexander.Reutlinger at

  • (New) Assistant Professorship in Cognitive Science, Los Angeles CA (U.S.A.)

    Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in Cognitive Science. We seek someone working in computer science, with scholarly or research interests in artificial intelligence (broadly construed to include areas such as robotics, computer vision, natural language processing, computational linguistics, human-computer interactions, reasoning under uncertainty, or other areas at the intersection of computation and cognition). A strong commitment to teaching and research at a liberal arts institution is essential. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field by the start date of August 2015. The successful applicant will help strengthen our computer science minor, teach introductory courses in programming, fundamentals courses in computer science, upper-level courses in computer science, courses in cognitive science, and involve undergraduate students in research.

    Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2014. For more information, see Questions about the position can also be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Saul Traiger, at traiger at

  • (New) Tenure-track position in theoretical computer science, Salt Lake City UT (U.S.A.)

    The School of Computing at the University of Utah seeks applications for four tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2015. Exceptional candidates at higher ranks will be also be considered.

    One of the four positions is targeted at theoretical computer science, particularly with an emphasis on models and analysis for large data problems. Also, computational statistics or statistical underpinnings of the analysis of large data.

    Close Date: March 1, 2015. For more information (and how to apply) please see the ad at

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