CfA: Three Positions as Doctoral/Postdoctoral Research Assistants (Leibniz University Hannover, Deadline: March 15, 2019)

Submitted by Uljana Feest (Leibniz University Hannover).


The Institute of Philosophy at Leibniz University Hannover (LUH), Germany,
invites applications for three positions as

Research Assistants (Doctoral/Postdoctoral)

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L, 65%)

to be appointed by the next possible date. The positions are limited to 4 years.

The positions are based in the interdisciplinary project “Bias and Discrimination in Big Data and Algorithmic Processing – BIAS”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. This project brings together researchers from philosophy, law and computer science to assess how standards of unbiased attitudes and non-discriminatory practices can be met in big data analysis and algorithm-based decision-making. The positions are attached to the Chairs for Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Social Philosophy (Professor Feest), for Theoretical Philosophy, particularly Philosophy of Science (Professor Frisch), and for Practical Philosophy, particularly Ethics of Science (Professor Hübner), respectively.

Responsibilities and duties
Responsibilities and duties include project-focused philosophical research (within epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, or political philosophy), as well as administrative tasks. Main topics include:

  • Human bias, implicit bias and machine bias
  • Alternative measures of statistical fairness
  • Types of discrimination and debiasing strategies

Employment conditions
To qualify for the positions, applicants must hold a Master’s or PhD degree in philosophy or HPS (or similar program).
Part-time employment is possible.
As an equal opportunities employer, Leibniz University Hannover intends to promote women and men in the context of statutory requirements. For this reason suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preferential treatment.

Applications may be submitted in either English or German. They should contain a cover letter, a CV, diploma copies and a short description of research interests relating to the project (1 page). For further information please contact Professor Feest (, Professor Frisch (, or Professor Hübner (

Please email your application by March 15, 2019 to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institut für Philosophie
Im Moore 21
30167 Hannover

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