Doctoral Position in Philosophy of Economics

University of Zurich Department of Philosophy


Department of Philosophy

Doctoral Dissertation in Philosophy of Economics
60 %

The position is affiliated with the Department of Philosophy of the University of Zurich. It is directly connected to the chair of Social Theory and Philosophy of the Social Sciences held by Prof. Dr. Catherine Herfeld. More information about the department and the chair can be found here and here.

Your responsibilities

The duties that come with this position are primarily to pursue one's dissertation research and support the chair in duties that arise in the context of the research project (e.g., organizing conferences and workshops). Teaching courses is possible but optional

Your profile

We are especially interested in candidates who have a background in philosophy of science with a particular focus on economics. Ideally, the candidate plans to work on a topic closely related to one of the chair's research project 'Concept Formation in Economics'. This project is part of the newly funded interdisciplinary research program «Inequality of Opportunities», which involves the faculties of philosophy and of economics. Candidates are expected to be able to communicate and potentially collaborate with philosophers, economists, and political scientists.

Candidates who have not finished their MA at the time of the application deadline must provide evidence that they will have their MA in hand at the time the position starts.

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting research in an inspiring and socially relevant environment. The chair is affiliated with the Sociology department and the Philosophy department of the University of Zurich. Both departments host a vibrant research community of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, doctoral fellows, and master students. The successful candidate will partake in the institute's regular events as well as the chair's academic activities and enjoy its administrative facilities and support. Fluency in German is not mandatory but beneficial.

We especially encourage female scholars to apply. It is the endeavor of the University of Zurich to raise the percentage of women among its academic personnel. Furthermore, given equal qualification, preference will be given to candidates with disabilities.

Place of work

Zürichbergstrasse 43, 8044 Zurich

Start of employment

Employment start date is to be mutually agreed. The latest starting date is March 1, 2021

Applications should include a cover letter that addresses, among other aspects, one's academic background, research interests and the proposed starting date, a CV including a list of publications (if applicable), a sample of written work of no more than 3000 words, and a description of the planned PhD-project of max. 2000 words. The documents should be sent in one PDF document via our job portal by December 15, 2020 the latest. Additionally, one confidential letter of reference addressing the applicant's qualifications for academic research should be sent to from the referees directly.

Hard copy applications are not accepted.

Further information

Prof. Dr. Catherine Herfeld

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