Scientific Positions

Postdoc position (2 years): Histories of thought experiments 759582

The Sapere Aude project Intuitions in Science and Philosophy, funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research and led by Samuel Schindler, will investigate the role and nature of intuitive judgements in science and philosophy. Whereas intuitive judgements in philosophy have been much debated in recent years, little attention has been paid to intuitive judgments in science. This is where the project will step in. In particular, it will investigate intuitive judgements in thought experiments in physics and in the form of acceptability judgements in linguistics. The results of these investigations will be related to debates about the evidential function of intuitive judgements in philosophy.
The project will cooperate with several renowned scholars in the field and organize two major conferences and a workshop. Each of the project members will be able to visit the project’s cooperation partners abroad. The starting date is negotiable. The project duration is four years. The project team will consist of the PI, two postdocs, and one PhD student. The tasks of the postdoc project "Histories of intuitive judgements in thought experiments in physics" will be roughly as follows:

Postdoc position (2 years): In a set of extended historical case studies the postdoc will investigate the role intuitive judgements in thought experiments have played in theory choice. The applicant can be a philosopher, but should have strong interests and competences in the history of science (and ideally, physics). 
The project will be located at the Centre for Science Studies at the Department of Mathematics and associated with the Department of Philosophy at Aarhus University. The project members are expected to move to Aarhus. The project language is English. Also teaching in English is possible.

For further information and questions contact Samuel Schindler ( or visit the project website at

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Applications must be in English and contain a vitae with a list of publications, copies of all relevant academic degree certificates, a statement of motivation regarding intuitive judgements (1-2 pages), at least one letter of reference, two writing samples of 5-10,000 words each (articles, dissertation chapters, etc.), and a preferred start date. Guidelines for applicants can be found here.
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.


All applications must be made online and received by:

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