CfA: Doctoral Position Scientific Employee/Doctoral Student (University of Duesseldorf, Application Deadline: July 13, 2017)

Submitted by Markus Schrenk, University of Duesseldorf.

(Call for Application as PDF: German/English)

The Institute of Philosophy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Dep. Philosophy III – Metaphysics and Philosophy of Language, Prof. Markus Schrenk, invites applications for

a doctoral position scientific employee/doctoral student
(50 %, pay grade 13 TV-L)

starting at the earliest date. Initial appointment will be limited to a period of two years. Subject to continued funding, a further appointment for maximally one more year will be made.

This is a qualification position under the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG) which is to promote the scientific qualification (PhD) of the employee.

Topics for the PhD thesis must be chosen from one of Prof. Schrenk’s research areas such as Metaphysics of Science (dispositions, laws of nature, causation, meta-metaphysics). Applicants find further interests on Schrenk’s website (especially cf. the list of publications).

Our requirements:

  • a completed scientific university education (M.Sc. / M.A. / Diploma / Magister) in the field of philosophy with excellent results.
  • proficiency in English (if you do not speak German, the willingness to attend German language classes)

Your tasks:

  • preparation of a doctoral thesis within the above research areas ultimately leading to a doctorate at HHU
  • providing some administrative support (for example, workshop organisation)
  • teaching one course a term (in German or English)
  • active presence at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

The pay scale grouping will be, depending on the personal qualification of the applicant, up to pay grade 13 TV-L.

In principle, the employment can also take place part-time if no compelling official reasons are opposed in an individual case.

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf aims at increasing the percentage of employed women. Applications from women will therefore be given preference in cases of equal aptitude, ability and professional achievements unless there are exceptional reasons for choosing another applicant. Applications from suitably qualified severely disabled persons or disabled persons regarded as being of equal status according to Book IX of the German Social Code (SGB – Soziales Gesetzbuch) are encouraged.

Regarding the application process you may contact Prof. Schrenk at:

Jobinterviews will likely be conducted in July/August 2017.

Please submit your application documents in electronic form (PDF) (including: letter of motivation/CV/résumé of the graduate thesis you submitted (3 pages)/your graduate thesis (PDF le)/exposé for a PhD thesis (3 pages)/email addresses of two potential referees) citing reference no. 116 T 17-3.1 until 13.07.2017

preferably by email to:

or in writing to:
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Faculty of Philosophy; Institute of Philosophy Attn. Dr. Eva Kellner; Geb. 23.32/U1.68 Universitätsstr. 1 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany