[spsp-members] Reminder: CfA for one PhD position in the Epistemology of Machine Learning

Florian J. Boge fjboge at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 08:34:08 UTC 2023


*Call for Applications: One PhD position in the Epistemology of Machine 
Learning*

The newly established, DFG-funded Emmy Noether Junior Research Group 
“UDNN: Scientific Understanding and Deep Neural Networks” invites 
applications for one predoctoral position at the Institute for 
Philosophy and Political Science (IPP) at TU Dortmund University (TUDo). 
Together with group leader Dr. Florian J. Boge, you will conduct 
research on the impact of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) on science’s 
epistemology; specifically, on scientific understanding.

The TUDo is a flourishing environment for research on Artificial 
Intelligence (AI) and its philosophy, featuring multiple opportunities 
for inter- and intradisciplinary cooperation. With the newly funded 
Lamarr-Institute, it is co-host to one of six AI-research centers funded 
by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Through the 
University Alliance Ruhr, it features close connections with researchers 
from the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen, 
working in diverse areas and on various issues of AI in science and 
society. The IPP at TUDo is also host to several members of the 
interdisciplinary project “Explainable Intelligent Systems” and is in 
the process of establishing a new professorship for practical philosophy 
with a focus on new technologies.

The position is advertised for up to three years.

*Requirements*

Suitable candidates (f/m/d) have completed (or are presently close to 
completing) an excellent Master’s degree in philosophy and can claim 
additional experience in either a natural science, mathematics, or 
computer science. They have an excellent command of the English language 
(good command of German is desirable but not required). Ideally, they 
can also claim some international experience, through studies abroad or 
an international study environment. They are willing to engage with 
researchers outside of philosophy (specifically: physics and theoretical 
biology). They also have excellent social skills and are willing to 
participate in, and contribute to, the project’s activities, such as: 
workshops, public events, regular project meetings, and online seminars. 
They are able to produce an internationally visible, high-quality PhD 
dissertation and present their work in international conferences and 
workshops.

  * Salary Scale: TV-L E13, 65%.
  * Total duration: Up to three years.
  * Given equal qualification, preference will be given to individuals
    from underrepresented groups, such as female researchers or
    researchers with disabilities.
  * Further reduction of the part-time employment is possible in principle.
  * For the official advertisement, see https://tinyurl.com/udnn-PhD.
  * For further questions, please contact fjboge at gmail.com.

To apply, please send (i) a letter of motivation, (ii) your CV (incl. a 
list of publications, if any), (iii) copies of your diplomas and (iv) a 
short summary (2 pages) of your Master’s thesis to 
udnn.fk14 at tu-dortmund.de, using as subject line the reference number 
w110-22. Closing date: *15 February 2023*.
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