Doctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d) in the Philosophy and Methodology of Economics

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L “FwN”, 65 %)

The Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) invites applications for the position of a Doctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d) in the Philosophy and Methodology of Economics (Salary Scale 13 TV-L “FwN”, 65 %) starting as soon as possible. The duration of the position is 4 years.

Responsibilities and tasks

You will pursue a PhD research project within the ERC-funded project ‘Managing Performative Science’ (MAPS; a summary of the project can be found here). You will write a dissertation investigating performativity and its changing roles in economics from a philosophical and methodological perspective. The project will distinguish different kinds of performativity, especially with regard to economic theory, and their epistemic and/or ethical implications will be explored.

You will present your research at conferences and workshops and publish results in peer-reviewed journals or as a monograph. You will also collaborate with CELLS on research coordination and will be involved in the organization of project-related conferences and workshops, and in the project communication and social media.

This position requires a regular presence in Hannover, Germany. There is a partial possibility of mobile working.

Required competencies

  • You have obtained a university science degree (M.A., M.Sc.) in philosophy or in another field relevant to the research project
  • You have a clear interest in PPE and possess knowledge of key issues and tools/methods for tackling these issues
  • Passionate about pursuing research within the MAPS project
  • Independent and professional way of working
  • Open-mindedness towards interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Strong communication skills, ability to cooperate and work in a team as well as good IT skills
  • Excellent English-language skills in spoken and written

Leibniz University Hannover has a thriving focus area in the philosophy and ethics of the sciences, with an emerging specialization in PPE. We offer an attractive working atmosphere in an interdisciplinary, research-oriented team with opportunities for scientific development. Due to our international collaborations and visiting scientists, our institute languages are English and German.

The university aims to promote equality between women and men. For this purpose, the university strives to reduce under-representation in areas where a certain gender is under-represented. Women are under-represented in the salary scale of the advertised position. Therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply. Moreover, we welcome applications from qualified men. Preference will be given to equally-qualified applicants with disabilities.

Please submit your application with supporting documents (cover letter explaining your interest in and qualification for the position, description (max. 2 pages) explaining your research idea within the MAPS project, CV, certificates, a writing sample of max. 3 pages on any topic that reflect your best philosophical writing, and names and contact information of two referees) the latest by February 15, 2024in electronic form to


or by post to:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
Otto-Brenner-Str. 1
30159 Hannover 

Please address specific inquiries concerning the research focus to Philippe van Basshuysen (Email: For matters related to administration, please contact Yvonne Stöber (Email: on the collection of personal data according to article 13 GDPR can be found at