One-year postdoctoral fellowship in philosophy

Updated: 28 days ago
Deadline: Location: Vienna

Department of Philosophy
Application deadline: 
Open until filled
Starting date : 
September 1, 2022

The Department of Philosophy at Central European University (CEU) invites applications for a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of CEU's Intellectual Themes Initiative research project on Belief. This interdisciplinary project aims to foster a combined attempt between philosophy and cognitive science to investigate the concept or phenomenon of belief (the project members are Tim Crane and Katalin Farkas, Department of Philosophy, and József Fiser and Ernő Téglás, Department of Cognitive Science). The theoretical part of the project aims to clarify the definition and description of beliefs that are compatible with notions both in philosophy and in cognitive science, and we will relate this description to the concepts of knowledge, development, consciousness, and the implicit/explicit distinction in representation. The starting date is September 1, 2022 (flexible).

Further information about the two departments:

The successful candidate will have an excellent academic record appropriate to their career stage, and a strong research agenda in the philosophy of mind or a related field. The research need not focus on the notion of belief, but there should be sufficient connections for the fellow to meaningfully cooperate with members of the team. We realise that applying for positions is a significant administrative burden on early career researchers, and therefore we are happy to consider a research statement that the applicant has on file and is not specifically prepared for this application.

Duties and responsibilities:

The fellow will reside in Vienna and will participate in CEU's academic life and in the activities of the project; in particular, the fellow will be responsible for the organization of a workshop to be held within the project and assist in preparing a grant application. In case of interest, the fellow may teach a BA course on the philosophy of mind in the Winter term.


PhD in philosophy in hand or expected to be received by the end of 2022.


The annual gross salary is 53,000 EUR, paid in 14 installments, subject to taxation according to Austrian regulations. The contract is for one year.

How to apply

Review of applications will start on July 15, 2022.

Applicants need to submit:

  • A comprehensive CV, including
    • a list of publications, if any, and
    • the names and contact details of two referees

Please name the file ‟<Your name> CV”; eg. ‟Julia Gonzalez CV”

  • A writing sample (eg. a paper or a thesis chapter).

Please name the file ‟<Your name> <Title or few words of the title> WS”; eg ‟Julia Gonzalez Explanatory Gap WS”

  • A brief (1-2 page) description of the applicant’s research plans

Please name the file ‟<Your name> CEU research”; eg. ‟Julia Gonzalez CEU research”

We do not ask for reference letters with application; the referees of shortlisted candidates may be contacted by CEU.

Questions of an academic nature may be addressed to the Head of Department, Katalin Farkas ( ).

Please send your complete application package to: - including the job code in the subject line: 2022/043.

CEU is strongly committed to the promotion of gender equality and equal opportunities within our institution. Previous training, work experience and/or engagement with matters of equality, diversity and inclusion at the organizational level will be an asset.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU's mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

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