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PhD position in Philosophy of Memory 25,88 h/w - 2 years

The Chair of Philosophy of Language and Cognition at Ruhr University Bochum (Professor Markus Werning) offers a PhD position ("wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter" m/w/d 25,88 h/w E13) at the Department of Philosophy II, beginning at the earliest date possible.

The application should reveal a research interest in the Philosophy of Memory and a willingness to link philosophical questions to methods and results of the cognitive and neurosciences. A solid background in epistemology and/or philosophy of mind and language would be an asset.

The PhD position is part of our interdisciplinary DFG Research Group "Constructing Scenarios of the Past: A New Framework of Episodic Memory" ( The successful candidate will work in the project "Episodic memory traces: Causal, content and epistemic aspects of the link between experience and recall".

Candidates will be expected to develop a research focus in the Philosophy of Memory, pursue a PhD thesis in this area and publish in relevant journals including publications co-authored with the PI. They will be willing to engage in interdisciplinary activities of the Research Group, to draft project reports and proposals, to participate in the organization of workshops and conferences, and to be involved in the academic self-administration. Virtually all job related activities can be fulfilled in English. German language skills are not a necessary requirement.

Candidates must hold a master degree in philosophy, cognitive science or a related discipline.

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

In the aforementioned areas of research, we offer an ideal and unique research environment, which is exemplary for its interdisciplinary and international 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, we are linked closely with researchers in the cognitive and neurosciences as co-speaker of the DFG Research Group "Constructing Scenarios of the Past", member of the Center of Mind and Cognition, and PI of the PhD Research Training Center “Situated Cognition”.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific 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.

Applications should be sent electronically in one PDF to by 15 November, 2020. 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) one letter of reference and the name of two further referees. 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 (

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

To apply and to see the legally binding job announcement go to, job ID: 256132.