[spsp-members] New deadline - Post doc epistemology-philosophy of science - Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

Stéphanie Ruphy stephanie.ruphy at wanadoo.fr
Fri Jun 3 17:14:20 UTC 2022

The announcement below is now also published here by the CNRS : 
https://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/CDD/UAR3608-STERUP-001/Default.aspx?lang=EN <https://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/CDD/UAR3608-STERUP-001/Default.aspx?lang=EN>

 hence a new deadline to apply : 23 June 2022

Call for applications

Postdoctoral fellowship (I year, renewable)

“Emergency, reliability of scientific knowledge and information”



Scientific context and description of the research topics


A degradation of the information environment is often underlined in the context of the Covid 19 pandemics: disinformation, misinformation, conspiracy, diffuse distrust are deemed on the rise. The project will critically discuss this idea of a deteriorated information environment which would negatively impact any democratic debate involving scientific inputs: What are its observables? Which concepts are mobilized?  Can one identify significant changes compared to previous periods? Can information be considered as a sanitary parameter? 

A specificity of the project is not to limit itself to the figure of the layperson or to communities mobilized around scientific and technological issues, but to integrate elements of the information environment coming from scientific communities. The project will thus deal with the normative requirements associated with public debate in times of “urgent science”. It will focus for instance on the impact of a regime of “urgent science” on research practice and communication practice towards the public and decision makers.

This project is part of the CNRS broader project MAMA (see its description here <https://www.hs3pe-crises.fr/projet-mama/> in French)

Profile of the candidate 

The successful candidate must have obtained a Ph.D. (or expect to have obtained his/her Ph.D. by October 2022) in epistemology or philosophy of science (broadly construed). An interest in sanitary and/or environmental issues will be appreciated.

An international publication list is appreciated, and so a willingness and ability to work in interdisciplinary collaborative research projects.

Language: Knowledge of French at an advanced level is not required but some basic understanding of it will be appreciated. 

Duration: 1 year (renewable for 1 year) – Full time

Starting date: September 2022 (or October 2022) 

Salary: On request, depending on the experience of the candidate (starting at around 2300€ net monthly salary) 

Place: The post doc researcher will be based in Paris, at Ecole normale supérieure – Laboratory République des savoirs – 29 rue d’Ulm 75005 Paris. 

For informal inquiry, please write to mathias.girel at ens.psl.eu <mailto:mathias.girel at ens.psl.eu> and stephanie.ruphy at ens.psl.eu <mailto:stephanie.ruphy at ens.psl.eu>

How to apply  - deadline 23 June 2022 - please upload your application here :



- a CV (with a list of publications)

- a letter of interest

- a short research statement/project (max 5 pages) describing how you intend to contribute to the project and to what extent your expertise is well-suited to it. 

Short-listed candidates will be invited no later than 25 June 2022 to online interviews (the week of 27June 2022) and final decisions will be made quickly. 


Stéphanie Ruphy
Professeure des universités « Philosophie et sciences contemporaines » 
Département de philosophie 
Ecole normale supérieure - Université PSL 45, rue d’Ulm 75005 Paris

President of EPSA <https://philsci.eu/>  (European Philosophy of Science Association)

Latest publication : « Scientific Pluralism » <https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/scientific-pluralism/> (with D. Ludwig) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2021

Website: www.stephanieruphy.com <https://www.stephanieruphy.com/?lang=fr>
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