[spsp-members] CfA: One postdoctoral position in the Epistemology of Machine Learning

Florian J. Boge fjboge at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 18:11:57 UTC 2023

*Call for Applications: One postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral 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 initially advertised for up to three years and could 
potentially be extended for three further years, depending on your own 
as well as the project’s overall performance.

Suitable candidates (f/m/d) have completed (or are presently close to 
completing) an excellent PhD 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). They can claim 
international experience through research stays, studies abroad, or a 
background in an international research 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 internationally visible, high-quality 
publications and present their work in international conferences and 

  * Salary Scale: TV-L E13, 100%.
  * Total duration: Up to three years (+ potentially three years extension).
  * Given equal qualification, preference will be given to individuals
    from underrepresented groups, such as female researchers or
    researchers with disabilities.
  * Part-time employment is possible in principle.
  * For the official advertisement, see https://tinyurl.com/UDNN-Postdoc.
  * 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), (iii) copies of your diplomas and (iv) a short 
summary (3 pages) of your PhD thesis to udnn.fk14 at tu-dortmund.de, using 
as subject line the reference number w111-22. Closing date: *01 March 
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