The INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY I - LOGIC AND EPISTEMOLOGY of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education is looking for a 

Postdoc (m,w,d), for 3 years, full-time,

The Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is one of the leading research universities in Germany. As a reform-oriented campus university, it uniquely combines the entire range of major scientific fields in one place. The dynamic coexistence of subjects and subject cultures offers researchers and students alike special opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Within the framework of the ERC Advanced Grant "Contradictory Logics: A Radical Challenge to Logical Orthodoxy" (Prof. Heinrich Wansing), the following position is available at the Ruhr University Bochum, subject to the approval of the third party funding body: Post-doctoral position (3 years, 39.83 hours per week).

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: 01.10.2022
time limit: 15.05.2022

Your tasks:

  • For the subproject on experiments related to contradictory logics, a postdoc is sought with excellent knowledge in experimental philosophy and solid knowledge in non-classical logic and philosophy of language. The project will study certain contra-classical logics, namely non-trivial inconsistent connexive logics, bi- and tri-lattice logics, logics with double negation as negation, and Abelian logics. The goal of the project is to gain systematic and detailed insights into the extent to which competent speakers of a natural language (by default English and by contrast a non-Indo-European language such as Turkish or Japanese) respond positively to (instances of) provable contradictions. Guided by the insight that the inconsistency of non-trivial inconsistent logics results from a combination of standard conditions for supporting the truth or falsity of a statement with less familiar conditions, the subproject will use qualitative empirical research methods to test agreement with (a) sentences expressing the unfamiliar conditions and (b) contradictions that are provable in the inconsistent logics under study. Among other things, the acceptance of the falsity conditions of conditionals expressed by the so-called theses of Boethius is to be tested. The postdoc is expected to be familiar with scope distinctions and phenomena such as negative concord. We offer a productive internationally oriented research environment; the working language is English. This is a research position. In addition, support of project-related activities (workshops, hosting guests, etc.) is expected.

Your profile:

  • A doctorate completed well to very well.

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • Team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • Employment at one of Germany's largest universities in the University Alliance Ruhr network

Additional information:

The load of teaching will be calculated according to § 3 of Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (state of North Rhine-Westphalia).

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Frau Ebru Tekin, Phone: +49234 32 28721

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

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We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 427 until 15.05.2022, send by e-mail to the following address:

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