PhD Position in Philosophy of Mind and Language
University of Zurich Department of Philosophy
Switzerland

Department of Philosphy

PhD in Philosophy of Mind and Language
70 %

The Department of Philosophy at present comprises six chairs (theoretical philosophy, practical philosophy, history of philosophy), one assistant professorship in the philosophy of social sciences and two research professorships of the SNF. Both in terms of faculty and in terms of support it provides an ideal environment for outstanding research.

Your responsibilities

Conducting research and pursuing a PhD degree as part of the NCCR Evolving Language, Work Package 'Mental States. The project combines research on animal cognition, developmental psychology and philosophy. They will be embedded in research contexts of all disciplines involved, i.e., field studies in animal cognition, laboratory work in developmental psychology, and philosophical reflection on conceptual and methodological issues.

Your profile

Our work package 'Mental State' is part of the 'Social Cognition of Language' theme. Our goal is to research the connection between the ontogeny and phylogeny of language on the one hand and the link between communicative behaviour and mind-reading on the other. On the conceptual side, we aim to develop theories of intentional communication and social cognition that are informed by and applicable to evolutionary theory and developmental psychology. The successful candidate should have philosophical expertise in analysing mental and linguistic concepts, while also being able to specify how the pertinent capacities might be diagnosed in non- and pre-linguistic subjects. He or she should have excellent teamwork skills and be interested in going beyond disciplinary boundaries.

What we offer

We aim to generate a work programme that maximally fits the candidates' own interest -- within the limits of the project's goals – so we will look for evidence of personal initiative, independent work ethics, and a strong interest in theory.

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.
Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

Place of work

Department of Philosophy, Zürichbergstrasse 43, 8044 Zürich

Start of employment

Employment start date to be mutually agreed. Please submit your application by May 29, 2020 (deadline has been extended).

Further information

The NCCR places great emphasis on gender balance; we particularly encourage women to apply. For questions about the position contact Prof. Dr. Hans-Johann Glock


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