Postdoctoral Fellow in the Foundations of Mind

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Prof. Ian Phillips , Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Brain Sciences, together with the Foundations of Mind Group at Johns Hopkins University, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Foundations of Mind for a target start date of 1 Sept 2020.

The Foundations of Mind Group is a vibrant interdisciplinary group, connecting faculty, post-docs, and graduate students across the university who are interested in philosophical and methodological questions concerning the mind-brain. Its core faculty are appointed in the Departments of Philosophy, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Cognitive Science (including Linguistics) as well as the Zanvyl Krieger Mind-Brain Institute. The group collaborates, co-teaches, co-advises, organizes reading groups, and sponsors talks and other events. Current group members include Professors Steven Gross, Chaz Firestone, Barbara Landau, Elanor Taylor, Lisa Feigenson, Michael McCloskey, Hanna Pickard, Justin Bledin, Jonathan Flombaum, Paul Smolensky, Christopher Fetsch, Marina Bedny, Kyle Rawlins, Howard Egeth and Justin Halberda.

The ideal applicant will have a Ph.D. in philosophy, psychology, or cognitive science. Their research agenda should address a topic related to the interests of Prof. Phillips and/or other members of the group. The research should seek to combine perspectives from more than one of group’s constituent disciplines, and should yield publications that embody this interdisciplinary perspective.

The candidate will be expected to play an active role in the group’s core activities, including helping to organize an annual workshop on a topic of interest to both candidate and group. The candidate will be appointed in one of the group’s constituent faculties and will have opportunities to collaborate with Prof. Phillips and other members of the group. They will also have the opportunity to teach (or co-teach) one course during each year of the Fellowship.

The position is anticipated to begin on 1 Sept 2020. The position is fully funded, and the initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance. Applicants are expected to be in residence for the duration of the appointment and they may not be employed by another institution during that term. Johns Hopkins offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

To learn more about the position and its potential opportunities, please write to: .


Applications are welcome from candidates who will have a Ph.D. in philosophy, psychology, or cognitive science by 1 Sept 2020. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s previous accomplishments, the promise of their proposed research project, and the applicant’s ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the Foundations of Mind group at both an individual and collective level.

Application Instructions

A complete application will include the following materials:

  1. A short covering letter
  2. A current CV
  3. Copies of graduate transcript(s)
  4. A representative publication or manuscript
  5. A research proposal (not to exceed 1,500 words) to include (i) indicative title for the project, (ii) relevant research background, (iii) explanation of how the project connects to the research of one or more group members and combines perspectives from more than one of the group’s constituent disciplines.
  6. Contact details for three referees who will be contacted directly.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. However, the selection committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and for best consideration candidates should apply by December 16 2019.

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