Call for applications

Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University (Germany) invite applications for the position of

5 Doctoral Candidates (m/f/d) (salary scale E13 TV-L, 65%)
in Ethics of Science and/or Philosophy of Science

starting 1 October 2020, within the Graduiertenkolleg (research training group) GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”.

The positions are limited to 3 years. At least two of the positions are expected to be located at Leibniz University Hannover and at least two at Bielefeld University.

GRK 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research” is a research training group that is established as a joint project by Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University. It is funded by the German national funding agency (DFG). Its research program aims at bridging the gap between practice and theory in the philosophical investigation of scientific research in two ways: firstly, it examines new connections between practical philosophy of science (ethics of science, political philosophy of science) and theoretical philosophy of science (epistemology, metaphysics); secondly, it analyzes relevant links between the material culture of the sciences (objects, equipment, experiments, practices) and the cognitive dimension of the sciences (theories, hypotheses, discourses, models). The working language of GRK 2073 is English.

Applicants must hold a pertinent university degree (typically an M.A. degree in Philosophy or in History and Philosophy of Science) and must be eligible to enroll as doctoral students in Philosophy at Leibniz University Hannover. They must be fluent in English and demonstrate an interest in at least one of the following two areas: practical philosophy of science (i.e., ethics and/or political philosophy of science) or theoretical philosophy of science (epistemology and/or metaphysics of science).

Applicants need to specify a dissertation project that is in line with the aims of the research program of GRK 2073 as described on the GRK website.

Please carefully read our application guide, which details the application procedure and provides for further information on how to apply (as well as on the research training group and the positions offered).

Successful candidates will conduct research on a dissertation project that contributes to the research program of GRK 2073 and will participate in the training activities that are specified by the qualification program. They must enroll as doctoral students in philosophy at Leibniz University Hannover or Bielefeld University. It is expected that they take residence in the region of their respective campus.

Please send your application along with the documents and certificates specified in our application guide by 31 May 2020 via e-mail to

For further information, please contact Leonie Wiemeyer at (pronouns she/her).

As equal opportunities employers, Leibniz University Hannover and Bielefeld University intend to promote women and men. For this reason, suitably qualified women are specifically invited to apply.
Preference will be given to equally qualified applicants with disabilities.

Further Information

For general information on pursuing a doctorate at one of the involved universities, please consider the following websites:

Bielefeld University
Pursuing a doctorate at Bielefeld University
Department of Philosophy

Leibniz University Hannover
Pursuing a doctorate at Leibniz University Hannover
Institute of Philosophy