Call for Applications PhD Positions RTG “Situated Cognition”

Call for applications – RTG “Situated Cognition”: 12 PhD positions in
Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, or Neuroscience

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group Situated Cognition, funded by
the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), invites applications for

12 PhD positions (salary scale TV-L E 13, 65%)

for a three-year structured PhD program. The official legally binding call
for applications is available at <>

The program and all positions will commence June 1st, 2023. 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.


Prof. Dr. Albert Newen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Prof. Dr. Achim Stephan (Universität Osnabrück)

Prof. Dr. Nikola Kompa (Universitaät Osnabrück)

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, we
invite applicants 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 <>


Theoretical projects:

Candidates who apply for or suggest 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 Self-Consciousness or
Social Understanding, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Action,
Philosophie of Artificial Intelligence or Perception. Furthermore, we expect
advanced knowledge in at least one of the following areas: Cognitive
Psychology, Behavioural Biology or Neuroscience.

Empirical projects:

Those 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. The candidate has to prove that she/he is able to work
out one of the empirical projects described on our website.

Applications should contain the following documents:

* The application form (please download from our website and fill out)
* 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
* Curriculum vitae
* Copies of degree certificates
* A writing sample (in German or English): the core chapter of the
Diploma/Master’s thesis or preferably one relevant publication (if
* 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)

Please send all the required documents in two PDF files:

– One PDF file containing all the application documents, starting
with the application form

– One PDF file with your writing sample

We stand for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a
working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the
careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective
professional areas. We expressly request job applications from women. In
areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in
the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications
from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Applications and inquiries should be addressed to:
Prof. Dr. Albert Newen, Speaker of the RTG
Ruhr University of Bochum

E-Mail: <>

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