CfA: 1 fully funded PhD position in bioethics (University of Münster, Deadline: January 31, 2020)

Submitted by Kristina Wensing (University of Münster).


The DFG funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD) at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for a

PhD position in philosophy
(salary level E13 TV-L, 65%)

The position is fixed term for 36 months, available from 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. Currently, the regular working time for full (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.
The DFG-funded Research Training Group “Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease” (EvoPAD, GRK 2220) unites biological, medical, and philosophical research at the University of Münster. The core idea is to use the theory of evolution to understand processes leading to adaptation and/or disease. The PhD students will make use of evolutionary thinking to address basic and medical questions.

The successful candidate will work in project C2 supervised by Michael Quante. In this project, the ethics of evolutionary medicine, based on philosophical ethics and biomedical ethics will be developed. Taking principalism as a starting point the ethical dimensions, tensions, conflicts and general problems will be identified. Using concrete examples from within the Research Training Group and within the interdisciplinary debate the main ethical questions in evolutionary ethics will be examined. The aim is to present an ethical analysis which takes the different ethical aspects into account and develops a plausible ethical conclusion specifying and balancing these ethical features.

For a detailed project description, please visit the EvoPAD website:


  • outstanding Master’s or equivalent degree in Philosophy or related fields.
  • proven qualifications with particular relevance to EvoPAD projects.
  • capacity to formulate and solve research problems and effectively interpret research results.
  • willingness to interact with colleagues in an interdisciplinary setting.
  • motivation to manage a PhD project and to participate in our multidisciplinary qualification program.
  • fluency in written and spoken English.

How to apply
The application should include:

  • CV including information about former academic education and degrees, professional experience, publications, fellowships/awards, conference contributions, languages, and further relevant skills and abilities.
  • cover letter stating the candidate’s expectation from EvoPAD and motivation to join the project.
  • master’s thesis abstract.
  • certificates of bachelor and master degrees.
  • two letters of recommendation.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered, unless other project-related reasons apply.
Applications should be sent by email as one PDF file (max. 5 MB) to the EvoPAD Coordinator Dr Kristina Wensing ( by 31 January 2020.