[spsp-members] [Reminder] Postdoc Position: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science

Alan Love aclove at umn.edu
Wed Nov 23 01:25:21 UTC 2022

The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science <https://cla.umn.edu/mcps>
(MCPS) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota
invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral fellowship for a period
of two years starting at the beginning the 2023 academic year (late August
2023). The aim of this position is to support researchers within five years
of their doctorate in alignment with and contributing toward the mission of
the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science: to promote excellence in
research and training in philosophy of science, related empirical studies
of science, and science itself. This support is dedicated to a project in
philosophy of science (broadly construed) that the applicant proposes.

*Application deadline*: *2 December 2022*
Online application instructions (see below)

Applicants will have been awarded a doctorate in philosophy or history and
philosophy of science within five years of the starting date of the
position. Additionally, applicants must have had a dissertation project on
or substantial publication in some topic in philosophy of science. Scholars
working in all areas of philosophy of science, inclusive of philosophical
approaches to logic and mathematics, are eligible. This is understood
broadly to include general philosophy of science, as well as issues in the
history and practice of particular sciences. Applications are encouraged
from scholars with newly awarded doctorates in philosophy or history and
philosophy of science at early stages of their career who have not yet
secured a permanent academic position. Submissions from members of
traditionally underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.

The successful candidate will propose a focused project in philosophy of
science to be undertaken and completed during the term of the position. The
criteria for evaluation are the academic merit of the proposal and the
academic strength of the candidate (demonstrated and potential research
excellence and leadership), as well as the potential of the applicant to
complement existing strengths of fellows and affiliates of the Minnesota
Center for Philosophy of Science. The MCPS Postdoctoral Fellow is expected
to reside in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, undertake research on the
proposed project full-time in an office in the MCPS, and participate in the
life of the MCPS by attending and contributing each academic term to at
least one MCPS research group and participating in the joint weekly
colloquium series with the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Program, as well as special events (e.g., academic workshops). Although
there are no teaching or service requirements formally associated with this
position, there is the possibility to teach a course during the two-year
period. MCPS Postdoctoral Fellowships may not be deferred.

Applications must be submitted online (application link
<https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/352426>). (1) Select the link to access
the University of Minnesota careers site. (2) Sign In to access your
account or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to
create one. (3) Review the job description and select the Apply button to
begin your application (Job ID = 352426).

Online applications will include:

   - A cover letter indicating that a postdoctoral fellowship is sought and
   the intended starting date.
   - A description of the research project to be undertaken during
   residence (1,000 words maximum; ~2 pages single-spaced) with
   bibliography/references (1 page maximum, also single-spaced).
   - A curriculum vitae.
   - A sample of the applicant’s written work (published or unpublished).
   - Letters of reference from three scholars knowledgeable of the
   applicant and the applicant’s work (sent to mcps at umn.edu).
   - Documentation affirming that the requisite doctorate was or will be
   officially awarded, or that the applicant will have satisfied all formal
   requirements for the doctorate, including an unqualified acceptance of the
   dissertation manuscript and the unqualified passing of the oral exam,
   within the previous five years of the intended starting date of the

*Application deadline*: *2 December 2022*
For questions, please email: mcps at umn.edu
Alan C. Love
Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Department of Philosophy & Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science
University of Minnesota

*Current Project:* Agency, Directionality, and Function: Foundations for a
Science of Purpose <https://www.biologicalpurpose.org>
*New Paper!* The hierarchical basis of serial homology and evolutionary
novelty <https://doi.org/10.1002/jmor.21531> (available upon request)
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