The Research group on Logic in Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence/Institute for Philosophy II, at the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Research is looking for a 

Postdoc position (m,f,x) for 2 years with 39,83 hours per week, TV-L E13

The position will be embedded in a rich research environment, incl. connections to
• the newly established trilateral WEAVE Project on "Logical Methods for Deontic Explanation" (Bochum, Luxembourg, TU Vienna, • the group on Logic in Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence (Prof. Christian Straßer,
• the research group on Reasoning, Rationality and Science (Prof. Dunja Šešelja, Prof. Christian Straßer,
• the Logic in Bochum Group
• the Center for Mind and Cognition,
• the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence group.

The candidate will work on formal models of defeasible reasoning, in particular those based on nonmonotonic logic and formal argumentation.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline: 09.10.2023

Your tasks:
Possible areas of specialization include:

  •  reasoning defeasibly with and about norms
  •  argumentation-based models of cognition, human and artificial reasoning
  •  applications of argumentation in agent-based models
  •  relations between (individual and social) epistemology and formal argumentation
  •  modeling uncertainty (e.g., via probabilities) in formal argumentation
  •  how to measure inconsistency and disagreement
  • modeling explanation with formal argumentation and dialogue systems
  • integrating formal argumentation and nonmonotonic logic with machine learning etc.
  • We invite applications that fit (any of) the above themes. The position also comes with teaching duties, namely 2 courses per teaching term.

Your profile:

  • You hold a PhD degree in Philosophy, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a discipline related to the listed topics.
  • You have an interest in the above listed themes of the research. Knowledge of German language is not required.

Our offerings:

  • team-oriented cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • support in reconciling family and work/academics (including childcare placement, vacation offers, mobile nursery)
  • family-friendly work
  • a varied sports program with over 80 sports and the university's own gym

Additional information:

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

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

At the request of the applicant (m/f/x), the position can also be taken up on a part-time basis

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:

Christian Straßer, Phone: +49234 32 26128, christian.straß

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 2394 until 09/10/2023, send by e-mail to the following address:

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