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Temporary Lecturership in Philosophy of Language and Cognition/Neurophilosophy

The Chair of Philosophy of Language and Cognition (Professor Markus Werning) at Ruhr University Bochum invites applications for a


  • Start: at the earliest possible date
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Type: postdoctoral
  • Income: 100% TVL E13 (fulltime, gross income averages approx. 53,600€/year)
  • Applications due by: 1 April 2018
  • Job-ID: BO-2018-02-15-167213

The Chair of Philosophy of Language and Cognition at Ruhr University Bochum offers a fulltime temporary postdoctoral position for a lecturer (100% according to TV-L E13) at the Department of Philosophy II, beginning at the earliest date possible.

The application should reveal a research focus in the Philosophy of Language and Cognition and/or Neurophilosophy. The applicant should already have a record of linking philosophical questions to the research results and methods of the cognitive and neuro-sciences.

The successful candidate will be expected to actively work with empirical methods such as electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate research questions that are related to current controversies in the philosophy of language and cognition and the cognitive sciences. Practical training on EEG recording and analysis techniques will be provided if necessary. The application should show explicitly that the research interests to be pursued focus on a variety of the following topics:

  • philosophical, formal and experimental aspects of semantics and pragmatics, e.g., relating to Bayesian Pragmatics, compositionality and context-dependence
  • situated cognition and language
  • philosophical, formal and empirical aspects of rationality and logical reasoning

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 4 hours per week in our Philosophy and Cognitive Science study programs, to co-supervise PhD students, to participate in the organization of workshops and conferences, to contribute to the drafting of grant proposals and to be involved in the academic self-administration. All teaching and research related tasks can be fulfilled in English. German language skills are not a necessary requirement.

In the aforementioned areas of research, we offer an ideal and unique research environment, which is exemplary for its interdisciplinary and international character in Europe and the world. The Chair of Philosophy of Language and Cognition is part of Germany’s biggest and one of Germany’s most research-active philosophy faculties. Within the university we are linked closely with researchers in linguistics and the cognitive and neuro-sciences as a member of the Mercator Research Group “Structures of Memory”, the PhD Research Training Center “Situated Cognition”, the Center of Mind, Brain and Cognitive Evolution and the International Graduate School of Neuroscience. We are also member in the German National Science Foundation's Focused Research Program " New Pragmatic Theories Based on Experimental Evidence."

Applications should be sent electronically as PDF to by 1 April, 2018. They should include (i) a statement of interest (not more than two pages), (ii) a CV, (iii) a list of publications, (iv) copies of relevant certificates and diploma, (v) two letters of reference and the name of one further referee. We regret that we will not be able to return any submitted materials and send out negative notifications.

For further information, please contact Professor Dr. Markus Werning ( Please also see our website:

Ruhr-Universität Bochum is committed to promoting the careers of women and therefore strongly welcomes applications from female candidates. As an equal opportunities employer, we also encourage applications from suitably qualified disabled candidates and other groups.

The official, legally binding job announcement is available at, ID: BO-2018-02-15-167213.