Prof. Ian Phillips
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Brain Sciences,
together with the Foundations of Mind
at Johns Hopkins University, invites applications for a
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Foundations of Mind for a target start
date of 1 Sept 2020.
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 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
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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.
A complete application will include the following materials:
- A short covering letter
- A current CV
- Copies of graduate transcript(s)
- A representative publication or manuscript
- 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.
- Contact details for three referees who will be contacted
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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