Updated 2nd Call for Applications PhD Position RTG “Situated Cognition”

2nd Call for Applications RTG Situated Cognition:

1 PhD position in Philosophy

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

1 PhD position (salary scale TV-L E13, 65%)

for a three-year structured PhD program. The official legally binding call for applications is available at www.situated-cognition.com

The position will commence June 1st, 2023 (or as soon as possible after that date). 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, the Institute of Psychology 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 (Universität Osnabrück)


3-PERC: Rational Perceptual Contents in Perception-Action Coupling
Project Leader: Peter Brössel

In addition, we invite applicants to submit their own original theoretical project proposal, 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 www.situated-cognition.de.

Applicants 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.

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 from above
  • 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 available)
  • Optional: an outline of an original theoretical project (see the RTG-website and the website of the PI)

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 Bochum

E-Mail: RTG-SituatedCognition@rub.de

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 24th 2023. All interviews will be held in English.

Tetiana Adler

Coordination Office
DFG Research Training Group Situated Cognition
Speaker: Prof. Dr. A. Newen
Institut für Philosophie II
GA 3/153
Phone: +49-(0)234-32-28339
Postanschrift: Fachnummer GB 174 | 44780 Bochum | Germany
Straßenanschrift und Paketanschrift: Universitätsstr. 150 | 44801 Bochum | Germany

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