[PlanetKR] CfA: PostDoc, 2 years, deontic logic, formal argumentation, etc.

Christian Straßer christian.strasser at rub.de
Tue Sep 19 08:30:57 UTC 2023

The research group on Logic in Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence
(Christian Straßer) at the Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr University
Bochum has an opening for a postdoc position (2 years, 100%).

The candidate will work on formal models of defeasible reasoning, in
particular those based on nonmonotonic logic and formal argumentation.

Possible areas of specialization include:

• reasoning defeasibly with and about norms
• argumentation-based models of cognition, human and artificial reasoning
• applications of argumentation in agent-based models
• relations between (individual and social) epistemology and formal
• modeling uncertainty (e.g., via probabilities) in formal argumentation
• how to measure inconsistency and disagreement
• modeling explanation with formal argumentation and dialogue systems
• integrating formal argumentation and nonmonotonic logic with machine
• etc.

We invite applications that fit (any of) the above themes.

The position will be embedded in a rich research environment, incl.
connections to

• the newly established trilateral WEAVE Project on “Logical Methods for
  Deontic Explanation” (Bochum, Luxembourg, TU Vienna,
• the group on Logic in Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence (Prof.
  Christian Straßer,
• the research group on Reasoning, Rationality and Science (Prof. Dunja
  Šešelja, Prof. Christian Straßer,
• the Logic in Bochum Group
• the Center for Mind and Cognition,
• the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence group.

For any queries, please contact <mailto:christian.strasser at rub.de>.

Job requirements

  You hold a PhD degree in Philosophy, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a
  discipline related to the listed topics.

  You have an interest in the above listed themes of the research.
  Knowledge of German language is not required.

  We welcome candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives
  and we especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to

Conditions of employment

  A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the
  possibility to present your work at international conferences.

  A two-year, 100%-funded PostDoc position (TV-L 13), starting between
  January and February 2021.

  The position also comes with teaching duties, namely 2 courses per
  teaching term.

  Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse
  program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.


  Your application should contain the following documents:

  1. a letter of motivation explaining your interest in the position and
     your qualifications for it
  2. your curriculum vitae
  3. a writing sample (research paper)
  4. names and contact information of two persons willing to provide
  5. a research statement (max 1-2 pages), elaborating on your ideas for a
     research focus in line with the above theme

  If you are interested, we invite you to apply before 9th October 2023.
  Interviews will be held shortly thereafter online.

  Please send your application to
  <mailto:jobs-log-phi-ai at ruhr-uni-bochum.de>.

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