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The Insitute of Philosophy II of the Faculty of Philosophy an Educational Research is looking for

12 PhD positions (m,f,x) for 3 years with 25,8895 hours per week (TV-L E13)

12 PhD positions in Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology or Neuroscience

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group „Situated Cognition“, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), invites applications for 12 PhD positions (salary scale TV-L E 13, 65%) for a three-year structured PhD program. The program and all positions will commence June 1st, 2023. The RTG is based at the Department of Philosophy II and the Faculty of Psychology at Ruhr-University Bochum as well as at the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Philosophy at Osnabrück University. Speakers: Prof. Dr. Albert Newen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) Prof. Dr. Achim Stephan (Universität Osnabrück) Prof. Dr. Nikola Kompa (Universitaät Osnabrück)

extent: part-time
duration: temporary
beginning: 01.06.2023

application deadline:

31.01.2023

Your tasks:

  • All PhD positions are essentially interdisciplinary with an emphasis on one of the subjects involved, i.e. philosophical theory formation, experimental psychology or neuroscience. Applicants have to apply for one of the suggested projects (max. two with indication of preference). In addition, applicants are encouraged to submit their own original project proposal in one of the theoretical areas, as long as the proposal fits the RTG’s guiding idea. Information about the guiding ideas of the RTG and the PhD projects can be found at www.situated-cognition.de.

Your profile:

  • General overview over the required qualifications. Please check the website for further details. In case of doubt, the decisive information is provided in the project description.

    Theoretical projects: Candidates applying for or suggesting a theoretical project are expected to have an excellent M.A., M.Sc. (or Staatsexamen degree) in Philosophy or Cognitive Science. They should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Self-Consciousness or Social Understanding, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Action, Philosophie of Artificial Intelligence or Perception. Furthermore, we expect advanced knowledge in at least one of the following areas: Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural Biology or Neuroscience.

    Empirical projects: Candidates applying for an empirical project are expected to have an excellent M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience or in an equivalent field. Candidates have to prove that she/he is able to work out one of the empirical projects described on our website.

Our offerings:

  • a friendly and collegial environment,
  • possibilities of location-flexible work,
  • a job in the middle of the lively Ruhr metropolitan region with its diverse cultural offerings.

Additional information:

Applications should contain the following documents:
• the application form (please download from our website)
• a letter of motivation including the applicant’s research interests and motivation to work within the RTG.
This should include a selection of one (or two) PhD-projects (see https://situated-cognition.com/projects/latest-projects/)
• curriculum vitae
• copies of degree certificates
• a writing sample (in German or English): the core chapter of the Diploma/Master’s thesis or preferably one relevant publication (if available)
• optional: an outline of an original theoretical project which fits into the RTG’s framework (see the RTG-website and the websites of the PIs)
Your application should consist of two PDF files:
- one PDF file containing your personal documents and starting with the application form
- one PDF file containing your writing sample.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

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:

Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Speaker RTG Situated Cognition, Phone: +49234 32 28339

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 1355 until 31/01/2023, send by e-mail to the following address: rtg-situatedcognition@rub.de

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