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2 YEAR POSTDOC in Phil of Action


on Sense of Agency Project (CIN 2012-17)
at the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Tuebingen (Germany)

1,365€-1,416€ per month (tax free fellowship)

December 7, 2012

The Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) is an
interdisciplinary institution at the Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen,
funded by the German Excellence Initiative programme. The CIN strives to
advance our understanding of the mind/brain by studying how the brain
generates and sustains mental functions and how brain diseases impair these

As part of its integrative approach to studying the mind/brain, the CIN
offers a postdoctoral research fellowship for promising researchers in the
field of philosophy of psychology and neuroscience. The candidate should
either be a philosopher with a strong background in philosophy of
mind/psychology/neuroscience and a track record of interacting with
empirical work in cognitive science, or a cognitive scientist with a strong
track record of interacting with philosophy. Candidates should have a PhD or
be very close to completing a PhD by the time of appointment.

The successful candidate will be a member of the CIN’s Philosophy of
Neuroscience (PONS) Group, led by Dr. Hong Yu Wong, and will be a
postdoctoral research fellow on the sense of agency project (CIN 2012-17)
that the PONS Group is embarking on in collaboration with the Neurobiology
of Decision Group, at the Hertie Institute of Brain Research, led by Dr.
Axel Lindner. More details of the Project can be found at

The postdoctoral fellow will do research on philosophical issues relating to
agency and the sense of agency, and their underlying psychological and
neural mechanisms. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to develop an
independent line on our awareness of our own actions, and contribute to a
new conceptual framework within which we can understand notions such as
control, the sense of agency, and the voluntary/involuntary distinction.
These philosophical investigations are expected to lead to empirical testing
of ideas with our collaborators in the Neurobiology of Decision Group at the
Hertie Institute for Brain Research.

The duration of the position is for 2 years. The working language of the CIN
is English. The successful candidate will have opportunities to contribute
to graduate teaching at the Philosophy Department and the CIN Graduate
Training Centre. If desired, the university will provide opportunities to do
a German “Habilitation” according to established rules. The planned start
date of the position is February 1, 2013. Earlier or later start dates are

According to German law, severely disabled persons with equal occupational
aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

The University of Tuebingen strives to promote equal opportunities in
science and is committed to increasing the percentage of females in teaching
and research. Qualified female candidates are thus strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, one sample of their
philosophical writing (not to exceed 10,000 words), a one page statement
relating their research to the aims of the sense of agency project, and two
reference letters. Candidates should request their referees to email Dr.
Wong directly with their reference letters by the deadline. All documents
should be submitted electronically (pdf) to the Group Leader of the
Philosophy of Neuroscience Group, Dr. Hong Yu Wong, at The deadline for applications is December
7, 2012. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype within a week
of the deadline. Inquiries about the post should be directed to Dr. Wong.

For further information on the CIN and the Philosophy of Neuroscience Group see: