Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ruhr University Bochum

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

The Institute of Philosophy I at the Ruhr University Bochum seeks applications for a post-doctoral research position. It will be part of the Emmy Noether-research group “The Return of the Organism in the Biosciences: Theoretical, Historical, and Social Dimensions” (PI Dr. Jan Baedke), financed by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Project description here.

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Planned starting date: 1st January 2020
  • Deadline for the application: 15th October 2019

A PhD in philosophy, social sciences or another relevant discipline. The candidate should have expertise or some knowledge in one (or more) of the following fields:

  • Science Studies (especially of the life sciences)
  • Social Philosophy
  • Health Disparity Studies
  • Race Studies
  • Social epigenetics

Experience in ethnographic research is an additional (though not necessary) methodological expertise. Mastering the German language is not required.

The successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to the above project from a perspective that addresses relevant current trends and issues in public health, personalized medicine, policymaking, etc. Research collaborations with other members of the group (and with members of the Chair of History and Philosophy of Science) are encouraged. The candidate will also be expected to participate in international workshops and conferences. She/he will enjoy the groups’ administrative facilities and financial support. In addition, there is the possibility, though no obligation, to do some teaching in either English or German.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter that addresses, among others, personal academic background and research
  • CV, including list of publications and 2 references (recommendation letters are not required)
  • 3 samples of written work
  • A brief description (maximum: 2 pages) of a planned research project in the context of the
    research group
  • A copy of the relevant degrees/certificates


  • A diverse and fair working environment
  • Support in reconciling work and family life
  • Extensive advanced training opportunities
  • Occupational health management offers

See more here. For any further inquiries, please contact

Posted: September 11, 2019