Postdoctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d) in Philosophy and Ethics of Science 

(Salary Scale 13 TV-L “FwN”, 75-100 %)

The Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) invites applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d) in Philosophy and Ethics of Science (Salary Scale 13 TV-L “FwN”, 75-100 %) starting as soon as possible. The duration of the position is 4 years. Working time is negotiable (75-100%); employment beyond 75% requires regular teaching obligations.

Responsibilities and tasks

You will conduct research within the ERC-funded project ‘Managing Performative Science’ (MAPS; a summary of the project can be found here). While your research will centre around philosophical or ethical issues raised by performativity, you will have the opportunity to develop your own research focus (e.g. performative effects of algorithms / AI, performativity in economics, the health or the life sciences, values in science, science & democracy, ‘fast science’, or others).

You will collaborate with CELLS on research coordination, the organization of project-related conferences and workshops, and the preparation of funding applications.

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

Required competencies

  • You have completed a university science degree in the field of philosophy or another relevant discipline
  • A completed, or close to complete, doctoral degree in a relevant field is expected
  • Your past research is in the philosophy and ethics of science, a specialization in one of the research fields mentioned above would be desirable
  • Ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • 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.

Leibniz University Hannover considers itself a family-friendly university and therefore promotes a balance between work and family responsibilities. Part-time employment can be arranged upon request.

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, research statement of max. 2 pages explaining your research plan within the MAPS project, CV including a list of publications, certificates, a writing sample of max. 20 pages on any topic that reflects your best philosophical writing, and names as well as contact information of two referees) the latest by February 15, 2024 in 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