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Temporary Lecturership in Philosophy of Language and Cognition/Neurophilosophy

The Chair of Philosophy of Language and Cognition at Ruhr University Bochum invites applications for a

Temporary Lecturership (wissenschaflicher Mitarbeiter (m/w)) in

Philosophy of Language and Cognition/Neurophilosophy

100% TVL E13 (gross approx. 42,000 – 50,000 €/year) for 1 year

or, alternatively,

66.67% TVL E13 for 1.5 years.

Start: 1 October 2015

Applications due by: 1 July 2015

Job description:

Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany’s leading research universities. The university draws its strength from the diversity and the proximity of humanities, natural sciences and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.

The Chair of Philosophy of Language and Cognition at Ruhr University Bochum offers a postdoctoral position for a lecturer (100% or, resp., 66.67% according to TV-L E13) at the Department of Philosophy, beginning 1 October 2015 for 1 or, resp., 1.5 years. The candidate’s research focus should be in the Philosophy of Language and Cognition and/or Neurophilosophy.

The successful candidate will be expected to actively work with empirical methods such as electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate research questions that are related to current controversies in the philosophy of language and cognition and the cognitive sciences. Practical training on EEG recording and analysis techniques will be provided if necessary. The application should show explicitly that the research interests to be pursued focus on a variety of the following topics:

  • Philosophy of Language
    •  philosophical semantics
    • compositionality and context-sensitivity
    • the relationship between the processing of meaning and sensory, motor and emotional processes
    • the semantics/pragmatics interface
    • semantic minimalism vs. truth-conditional pragmatics
  • Philosophy of Cognition
    • empirical theories of rationality and logical reasoning
    • theories of mental representation (concepts, intentionality, etc.)
    • connectionism vs. classicism
    • knowledge and perception

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 4 or, resp., 3 hours per week in our Philosophy and Cognitive Science study programs, to participate in the organization of workshops and conferences, to contribute to the drafting of grant proposals and to be involved in the academic self-administration.

In the aforementioned areas of research we offer an ideal and unique research environment, which is exemplary for its interdisciplinary character in Europe and the world. The Chair of Philosophy of Language and Cognition is part of Germany’s biggest and one of Germany’s most research-active philosophy faculties. Within the university, as a member of the Mercator Research Group “Structures of Memory”, the Center of Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution and the International Graduate School of Neuroscience, we are linked closely with researchers in the cognitive and neuro-sciences.

Candidates should have completed their doctoral studies insofar as they can prove that they have submitted their doctoral dissertation. They should have an academic degree in philosophy, cognitive science or linguistics and ideally have additional qualifications in the cognitive sciences or other relevant natural sciences. They should be experienced in linking philosophical questions to research results and methods of the cognitive and/or neuro-sciences.

Applications should be sent electronically as PDF to by 1 July, 2015. They should include (i) a statement of interest (not more than two pages), (ii) a CV, (iii) a list of publications, (iv) copies of relevant certificates and diploma, (v) two letters of reference and the name of one further referee. We regret that we will not be able to return any submitted materials and send out negative notifications.

For further information, please contact Professor Dr. Markus Werning ( or, on formal issues, the office Mrs. Annika Dittmann (

Ruhr-Universität Bochum is committed to promoting the careers of women and therefore strongly welcomes applications from female candidates. As an equal opportunities employer, we also encourage applications from suitably qualified disabled candidates and other groups.

The official job announcement is available at, ID: BO-2015-01-27-04.


Doktorand (m/w) in der Philosophie der Sprache und Kognition/Neurophilosophie

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