*Call for applications – RTG “Situated Cognition”: 13 PhD positions in
Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, or Neuroscience*
Call for applications – RTG “Situated Cognition”:
13 PhD positions in Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, or
The interdisciplinary Research Training Group „Situated Cognition“,
funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), invites
applications for 13 PhD positions (salary scale TV-L E 13, 65%;
including social benefits) for a three-year structured PhD program.
The program and all positions will commence June 1st, 2020. The RTG is
based at the Department of Philosophy II and the Faculty of Psychology
at Ruhr-University Bochum as well as at the Institute of Cognitive
Science and the Department of Philosophy at Osnabrück University.
All PhD positions are essentially interdisciplinary with an emphasis on
one of the subjects involved, i.e. philosophical theory formation,
experimental psychology or neuroscience. Applicants have to apply for
one of the suggested projects (max. two with indication of preference).
In addition, applicants are encouraged to submit their own original
project proposal in one of the theoretical areas, as long as the
proposal fits the RTG’s guiding idea. Information about the guiding
ideas of the RTG and the PhD projects can be found at
Required qualifications (overview, please check the website for further
Candidates applying for or suggesting a theoretical project are expected
to have an excellent M.A., M.Sc. (or Staatsexamen degree) in Philosophy
or Cognitive Science. They should have expertise in at least one of the
following areas: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy
of Action or Philosophy of Perception. Furthermore, we expect advanced
knowledge in at least one of the following areas: Cognitive Psychology,
Behavioral Biology, Artificial Intelligence, or Neuroscience.
Candidates applying for an empirical project are expected to have an
excellent M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Cognitive Science, Psychology,
Neuroscience or in an equivalent field. Candidates have to prove that
she/he is able to work out one of the empirical projects described on
Applications should include the following documents, i.e.:
• the application form (please download from
• a letter of motivation including the applicant’s research interests
and motivation to work within the RTG. This should include a selection
of one (or two) PhD-projects (see website)
• a curriculum vitae
• copies of degree certificates
• a writing sample: the core chapter of the Diploma/Masters thesis or
preferably one relevant publication (if available)
• optional: an outline of an original theoretical project which fits
into the RTG’s framework (see the RTG-website and the websites of the PIs)
Your application should consist of two PDF files: one, containing your
personal documents and starting with the application form, and the
second containing your writing sample.
As certified family-friendly institutions, Osnabrück University and Ruhr
University Bochum are committed to furthering the compatibility between
work/studies and family life.
Osnabrück University and Ruhr University Bochum are highly committed
equal opportunity employers and strive to work towards a gender balance
in schools or departments where new appointments are made.
Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be favored.
Applications and inquiries should be addressed to:
Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Speaker RTG Situated Cognition
Ruhr University Bochum
email: RTG-SituatedCognition@rub.de <mailto:RTG-SituatedCognition@rub.de>
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10th February 2020
Yasmin Schwetz, M.A.
– Coordination Office –
DFG Research Training Group Situated Cognition
Speaker: Prof. Dr. A. Newen
Institut für Philosophie II
Tel.: (0049) 234-32 28339