Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Two Doctoral Fellowships at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP)

Two PhD Fellowships in Mathematical Philosophy
Deadline: March 12th, 2012
Two doctoral fellowships are being advertised at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP). The MCMP, which is devoted to applications of logical and mathematical methods in philosophy, was established in 2010 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) based on generous support by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Directed by Professor Hannes Leitgeb, the Center hosts a vibrant research community of university faculty, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral fellows, and visiting fellows. The Center organizes at least two weekly colloquia in Mathematical Philosophy and a weekly internal work-in-progress seminar, as well as various other activities such as workshops, conferences, reading groups, and the like.
The successful candidate will partake in all of the Center’s academic activities and enjoy its administrative facilities and financial support. More information on the Center can be found here. Over and above the Center, the Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Study of Religion at LMU offers a wealth of expertise in all areas of philosophy.
The successful applicants, who will become PhD students at the LMU, are supposed to use logical or mathematical methods in their philosophical work, and/or to reflect on these methods philosophically. PhD projects can, of course, be carried out in logic or philosophy of mathematics, but they are not restricted to these fields -- for instance, work in epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, metaphysics, moral philosophy, and so forth are equally encouraged, as long as formal methods play a significant role in the corresponding research.
In general, applicants should be in possession of the skills that would normally be gained by achieving an MA or equivalent in philosophy, logic or a closely related field. The doctoral stipends are for three years, they are intended to cover the period of dissertation research and writing, and they should be taken up by September 2012 (although there is some flexibility on that side). Each stipend will amount to EUR 1500 of monthly salary (normally tax-free, but excluding insurance). Additionally, the Center helps its fellows with the costs that arise from attending conferences (fees, traveling, accommodation).
Dissertations may be written in English or German. The official language at the Center is English, and the successful candidates need not be able to speak German. There is also the possibility, though no obligation, to do some teaching in either English or German.
Applications are due by March 12th, 2012, and should include:
1. A cover letter that addresses, amongst others, one's academic background and research interests.
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. A proposal for a dissertation project (3 pages).
4. A sample of written work (e.g., a seminar paper or a published article).
5. Academic transcripts from university study.
6. Two confidential letters of reference addressing the applicant’s qualifications
for doctoral research. These should be sent from the referees directly.
We especially encourage female students to apply. The Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in general, and the MCMP in particular, endeavor to raise the percentage of women among its academic personnel.
Applications, letters of reference, as well as any questions ought to be directed to:
Ms. Barbara Pöhlmann
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Muenchen
Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie und Religionswissenschaft
Lehrstuhl für Logik und Sprachphilosophie / MCMP
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München
E-mail: office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de
If possible at all, we prefer to receive applications and letters of reference by e-mail
(sent to office.leitgeb@lrz.uni-muenchen.de).

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