Postdoctoral Fellowship in History and Philosophy of Science

University of Notre Dame

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: March 30, 2014

The History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow beginning August 2014 for one year, renewable for a second year. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by June 30, 2014.

Applications are welcome from scholars in any area of history and philosophy of science. In addition to pursuing his or her research and participating actively in the intellectual life of the program, the HPS Postdoctoral Fellow will teach two graduate courses per year, one of which may be in the candidate’s area of specialization. We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in candidates able to teach our graduate philosophy of science survey course (interest in teaching one of our graduate history of science survey courses may also be an asset), and encourage you to explain how your research and teaching experience is well suited to our interdisciplinary program.

The annual stipend is $48,000. The fellowship package also includes health insurance and $3000 per year towards research expenses and conference travel. A summary of benefits can be found at:

Applicants should send the following materials in electronic form only, in PDF format by email attachment, to, including “HPS post-doc” and your last name in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of application materials is March 30th.

1. Cover letter giving a brief summary of your primary field of expertise and qualifications for the fellowship.

2. Summary of your dissertation (two page maximum).

3. Plan of research to be undertaken during a two-year fellowship period (two page maximum).

4. Writing sample (30 page maximum).

5. Where applicable, a proposal for a graduate philosophy of science survey course, bearing in mind that our courses are taken by history-, philosophy-, and theology and science-track students (one page maximum).

6. Proposal for a graduate seminar in your area of specialization (one page maximum).

7. Full curriculum vitae.

8. Names and affiliations of three referees whom you have asked to write to us directly.

Please note: applications that are printed and received via mail or courier will not be accepted and processed.

The three letters of reference should be sent separately, either electronically ( or by mail (Reilly Center, 453 Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556), to arrive by the application deadline. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their letters of reference arrive by the deadline.

The HPS graduate program is housed in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, and draws faculty from a variety of departments including History, Philosophy, the Program of Liberal Studies, Theology, and English. For further information about the Reilly Center and the HPS program, please visit The HPS Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded by the College of Arts and Letters.

Inquiries may be directed to Anjan Chakravartty (Director, History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Program):

The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer with strong institutional and academic commitments to racial, cultural, and gender diversity. Women, minorities, and those attracted to a university with a Catholic identity are encouraged to apply. Information about Notre Dame, including our mission statement, is available at

Posted: March 04, 2014