[spsp-members] Fwd: Associate Professor Position in Philosophy of medicine or Philosophy of biology (Univ. Bordeaux)

Thomas Pradeu thomas.pradeu.list at gmail.com
Sat Dec 18 06:29:24 UTC 2021

Dear all,

Here is the announcement of a position of Associate Professor in philosophy
of medicine or philosophy of biology in Bordeaux (France). It is a tenured

For any question, please contact Mael Lemoine (mael.lemoine at u-bordeaux.fr)
or Thomas Pradeu (thomas.pradeu at u-bordeaux.fr).


Thomas Pradeu
CNRS Research Professor in Philosophy of Science
Immunology Unit ImmunoConcEpT, UMR5164, CNRS & University of Bordeaux
Stanford University CASBS Fellow
<https://casbs.stanford.edu/people/current-fellows> (2020-2021)
Team Leader Conceptual Biology and Medicine Team
Coordinator of the Institute for Philosophy in Biology and Medicine
<https://www.philinbiomed.org/> (PhilInBioMed)
146 rue Leo Saignat 33076 Bordeaux, France



AOS: Philosophy of medicine, Philosophy of biology

AOC: Philosophy of Science

University of Bordeaux <https://www.u-bordeaux.com/>, France

Deadline for application: TBS (March 2022 at the earliest).

Application: mael.lemoine at u-bordeaux.fr and thomas.pradeu at u-bordeaux.fr

*Short description of the job profile*

Candidates will have developed an expertise in any topic of the biological
or biomedical sciences (e.g., a method, a subfield, a disease) by applying
conceptual tools from philosophy of science to specific problems in biology
and/or medicine. The new professor will join a group of philosophers
tightly collaborating with biologists and medical scientists. She or he
will teach in English in an international Master program of “philosophy in
science”, to be created soon.

*Detailed description of the job profile*

The person recruited will be required to teach in medical, scientific and
philosophical curricula.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development
of the activities of the PhilInBioMed network (Institute for Philosophy In
Biology and Medicine), through active international collaboration (

In terms of teaching, the recruited professor will have to actively
contribute to the implementation of innovative teaching, particularly
targeted at philosophy students at the Master's level wishing to work in
close collaboration with scientists, and to integrate into existing
philosophical teaching systems for courses in the health sciences.

The recruited professor should also participate in teaching in the
health/sciences curriculum in the first years of health studies and in
advanced years of health studies in the framework of seminars intended for
medical students in the various health specialties. A large part of
teaching, or even all of it, should or could be given in English.

Research must be in line with at least one of the research topics of the
“Conceptual Biology and Medicine Team” (
https://www.immuconcept.org/conceptual-biology-medicine/). An indispensable
condition is that research must allow close collaboration with the group's
philosophers, with members of the unit, and must precisely identify
potential partnerships with scientists and doctors from the Bordeaux
community and abroad. Although the Conceptual Biology and Medicine Team is
part of a research unit specialized in immunology, it is not necessary for
the recruited professor to work specifically in that domain. A crucial
condition, however, is that the recruited professor identify a biological
or biomedical field of competence on which he or she wishes to work in a
privileged manner (for example, one or more pathology(ies), and/or a
particular scientific method used in a biological or biomedical context).

These collaborations should make it possible to reinforce the specific
strength of the team, i.e. the development of a program of publications
co-written by scientists and philosophers for scientific and philosophical
journals. The group is particularly keen on publishing in science and
medicine journals, so as to foster the dialogue with these communities.

 Applicants must already hold a tenure or tenure-track position.
Alternatively, they must already hold a ‘qualification’ from the Conseil
National des Universités (CNU).
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