08/11/2018
European Research Council

PhD scholarship in Philosophy of Physics


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    MathematicsOther
    PhilosophyOther
    PhysicsOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/01/2019 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Cerdanyola del Vallès
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    H2020- ERC StG-758145

The Department of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is accepting applications to appoint a PhD student in Philosophy of Physics for a fixed-term period of 36 months. The position is to support the research project PROTEUS - Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s), which is funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr Silvia De Bianchi.

The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary research team in the ERC Starting Grant project PROTEUS "Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)" under the supervision of Dr Silvia De Bianchi.

S/he is expected to both perform research independently and coordinate her work with other team members and other project partners, including Dr Daniele Oriti, and to spend up to six weeks per year at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Golm). Successful candidate will enrol in the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy at the UAB.

The successful candidate is expected to work on the philosophy of time and to identify the fundamental characters of emergent time in current theories of cosmology and quantum gravity. S/he will contribute to the project by investigating which aspects of time are emergent, and how their emergence is characterised from the conceptual standpoint, in a range of different quantum gravity programs.

S/he is not requested to teach, but will have to actively take part in the project's seminars.

Benefits

We offer: 3 years contract.  Access to UAB infrastructures.

A stimulating, international research environment and the opportunity to interact with several highly collaborative investigators.

No teaching obligations. Gross salary: 20162,76€ per year.

Additional funding for travel expenses will be provided to the successful candidate.

 

Eligibility criteria

BA and/or MA in Physics, Mathematics and/or Philosophy is mandatory. Previous knowledge of GR and QFT is requested.

Fluency in English is mandatory.

Knowlegde of mathematics (Analysis and topology).

Basic Knowledge Spanish and/or Catalan is desirable.

 

Selection process

Candidates are asked to send their application material to Dr Silvia De Bianchi silvia.debianchi@uab.cat. Please write ‘PhD in Philosophy of Physics: ERC’ in the subject line.

A CV and a motivation letter MUST be included and submitted together with the sample of written work (max. 8000 words). Please, send also a short thesis project proposal (max. 1 A4 page).

A shortlist will be established, and interviews (in person, by phone or skype) will take place in February 2019.

The final decision will be made by April 2019.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019

Additional comments

Candidates are encouraged to email silvia.debianchi@uab.cat for further information and questions about their profile matching this call.

For more information, visit the www.proteus-pmte.eu.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Philosophy: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Mathematics: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    SPANISH: Basic

Skills/Qualifications

LateX, Microsoft Office.

Python is a plus.

Specific Requirements

Previous knowledge of GR and QFT is requested.

Knowledge of analysis and topology is desirable.

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Spain
Barcelona
Cerdanyola del Vallès
08193
Department of Philosophy- Edifici B

EURAXESS offer ID: 353790