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Humanist Archives: Oct. 30, 2021, 7:09 a.m. Humanist 35.335 - postdocs (Tilburg)

				                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 335.
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        Date: 2021-10-29 09:53:09+00:00
        From: Sander Verhaegh 
        Subject: Postdoc Position in Digital Humanities (Tilburg University)

JOB: Two Postdoc Positions (2-3 years, 1fte) in History of Philosophy of
Science and/or Digital Humanities (Tilburg University)

The Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University seeks to appoint two
postdoctoral researchers (2 or 3 years, 0,8 - 1,0 FTE) in the NWO Vidi project
“Exiled Empiricists: American Philosophy and the Great Intellectual Migration”.
Starting date: August or September 2022.


Profiles of the candidates

The postdoc’s primary responsibility will be to contribute to the research
project (description below) and to publish in peer reviewed journals and books.
The researcher should also contribute to the project in other ways, such as by
giving conference presentations, (co-)editing a special issue, and
(co-)organizing reading groups and workshops. Furthermore, the researcher will
be a member of the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy, Epistemology and
Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) and contribute to its colloquia and seminars.


Requirements position 1

AOS: History of Philosophy of Science/History of Logic/Intellectual History

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who satisfies the following
requirements:
- A completed PhD in philosophy, HPS, STS, intellectual history or a related
field.
- A strong, promising track-record of international peer-reviewed publications
- Affinity with the topic of the project
- Excellent speaking and writing skills in English, as demonstrated by published
work.
- Experience with archival studies is an advantage but not a requirement.
- An entrepreneurial and team player attitude is highly valued.
- Ability and willingness to contribute to the development and acquisition of
externally funded projects.


Requirements position 2

AOS: Digital Humanities/Scientometrics/Bibliometrics

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who satisfies the following
requirements:
- A completed PhD in philosophy, computer science, history, computational
linguistics or a related field.
- Demonstrable knowledge of bibliometric methods such as topic modeling,
citation analysis, and concordance analysis.
- Solid programming skills in Python and optionally other programming languages.
- A strong, promising track-record of international peer-reviewed publications
- Affinity with the topic of the project
- Demonstrable research experience in philosophy, HPS, STS, intellectual
history, or a related field in humanities is an advantage but not a requirement.
- Excellent speaking and writing skills in English, as demonstrated by published
work.
- An entrepreneurial and team player attitude is highly valued.
- Ability and willingness to contribute to the development and acquisition of
externally funded projects.


The project “Exiled Empiricists: American Philosophy and the Great
Intellectual Migration”

The Exiled Empiricists project is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and
led by Sander Verhaegh within the Tilburg Center for Moral Philosophy,
Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS), Tilburg University.

Summary: In the 1930s, hundreds of European academics fled to the United States,
escaping the quickly deteriorating political situation on the continent. Among
them were a few dozen philosophers from a variety of schools: logical
empiricists, critical theorists, and phenomenologists. Especially the first
group would have a tremendous impact on American philosophy. Whereas the local
intellectual climate had been dictated by American traditions like pragmatism,
U.S. philosophers soon began to advance views that were heavily indebted to the
empiricists. In fact, much of academic philosophy today is still shaped by the
discussions and practices first instigated in this disruptive period.

Although historians have reconstructed the fate of the exiled empiricists,
little attention has been paid to the American context in which their movement
came to full bloom. This is surprising, since any account of the empiricists’
success requires an explanation of why the Americans were so receptive to their
views. To what extent did developments in American philosophy pave the way for
logical empiricism? And why was the American community more receptive to
empiricism than to critical theory or phenomenology? This project shifts the
perspective from the refugees to the local philosophical climate by 1)
quantitatively analyzing thousands of American journal publications and 2)
qualitatively examining the archives of dozens of key American philosophers and
institutions.

A more detailed description of the project can be found on the project website
(https://exiledempiricists.com/).


Employment terms and conditions

We offer a temporary postdoctoral position of two or three years (0.8-1.0 fte)
in a stimulating and dynamic interdisciplinary research environment. You will
work in close collaboration with the project’s principal investigator and have
regular team meetings with the other members of the group, PhD students, and
external visiting fellows. In accordance with the conditions as indicated in the
CAO NU, the salary is dependent on the candidate’s experience and is set at CAO
NU scale 10 with a minimum of € 2.836,- gross per month, on a fulltime basis.

Tilburg University is rated among the top of Dutch employers and has excellent
terms of employment, such as a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus
of 8.3% (annually), an options model and reimbursement of moving expenses.
Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a tax-free allowance
equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an
allowance on their behalf. The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The collective labor
agreement of the Dutch Universities applies. Successful candidates must remain
at least 80% of their working days in the Netherlands (as a requirement of tax
and social security laws).


The Department

The Department of Philosophy (DFI) at Tilburg University is both an important
center of academic teaching and internationally recognized for its research. It
offers a lively, amicable and stimulating teaching and research environment. The
department provides a supportive, collegial environment free from the
(unhealthy) climate of competition that has become the standard in academia.
Philosophical research at Tilburg is often done in an interdisciplinary
framework. Research is organized in two groups: TiLPS (Tilburg Center for Moral
Philosophy, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science) and PHC&E (Philosophy of
Humanity, Culture, and Ethics).


Further information and application

For inquiries about the positions and the project, please contact the Principal
Investigator of the project, Sander Verhaegh, at
A.A.Verhaegh[at]tilburguniversity.edu.

The candidate should submit all of the following documents:
1. a letter of application, which should include mention of the position you are
applying for and may include explanations of any circumstances that you would
like to be taken into account when considering your application (e.g. impact of
Covid-19 restrictions, parental leave, etc.);
2. a CV, including the names and contact information of two referees. (reference
letters will be requested only for shortlisted candidates);
3. a research plan (max. 1000 words).

Note for PhD students: your application will only be taken into account if you
have successfully defended your PhD or if you can provide an official guarantee
that your thesis defense is scheduled before August 1, 2022.

The deadline for applications is January 14, 2022. We will inform shortlisted
candidates, before February 14, 2022. Interviews and short research talks will
be held on March 1 and 2 by Zoom. Decisions will be announced before March 20,
2022.

Applications must be submitted here (https://career5.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/
jobreqcareer?jobId=18570&company=S003974031P)


Tilburg University

Tilburg University is an inspiring university offering a stimulating and
challenging environment for students, staff, and alumni. The university highly
values authenticity, academic freedom, professionalism, and continuous
development. In its top-quality education and research programs in the
disciplines of the social sciences and the humanities, the university is
committed to addressing equality issues in society at national and international
levels. It does so by training people for positions of responsibility in society
and by contributing to socially sustainable solutions.

Tilburg University draws on a rich tradition which nourishes reflection and
which also encourages the academic community's awareness of its philosophy in
relation to academic discipline.

Tilburg University is committed to the value of diversity and, in that spirit,
welcomes applications from underrepresented groups within philosophy and
academia, including members of minority groups and people with disabilities.
Information about the various measures Tilburg University has undertaken to
increase gender equality, diversity and inclusion can be found on the Working at
Tilburg University /Gender & Diversity page
(https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about/working/gender-policy).


Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
(TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital
society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive
technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on
moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and
Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition,
Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy;
several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College
Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor
or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250
employees.


Recruitment code

Tilburg University applies the recruitment code of the Dutch Association for
Personnel Management & Organization Development (NVP).


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