JOB – Postdoc, Metaphysics of Species & Gene Concepts

FieldMuseumScience and Education, The Field Museum of Natural History
Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Integrative Research Center (IRC) at the Field Museum seeks a philosopher of biology or similarly qualified individual for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, focusing on the metaphysics of species and gene concepts.  At the Field Museum there is a strong research component pursuing species-level systematics using molecular data.  To integrate this research, investigations are underway to assess similarities and differences of species delimitation involving both different methods (algorithms) and different taxonomic groups.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to interact closely with the scientists working in the IRC to investigate the metaphysical nature of the species and gene concepts at play in the diverse research programs participating in this integrative effort.  An important emphasis will be assessing the ontological commitment made by these concepts, if any, and determining possible consequences for biodiversity inventory and conservation.

To Applyspecies

Interested applicants may submit their application to Olivier Rieppel, Director, Integrative Research Center, The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496, USA. Or

The application should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of interests, and the names of three referees.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2013.

JOB – Asst. Prof. of Phil., Purdue University, Interdisciplinary Focus on Sustainability

  • PurdueLocation: West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
  • Deadline: November 1, 2013

As part of a university-wide cluster hire in the new interdisciplinary focus area of “building sustainable communities,” the department of philosophy at Purdue University is seeking applications for an assistant professor, tenure-track position focused on human cooperative behavior, collective action, and the evolution of social norms.  Possible areas of specialization include philosophy of biology, philosophy of economics, experimental philosophy, moral psychology, or political philosophy.  Prior experience applying ideas from these areas to environmental and #sustainability issues is strongly preferred.  Depending on the candidate’s interests, joint appointments are possible in other participating cluster departments, including Political Science, Anthropology, Communication, and Engineering.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated potential to play a vital role in Purdue’s new “building sustainable communities” initiative dedicated to finding new approaches to addressing major environmental and sustainability challenges.  Purdue’s Center for the Environment will serve as the interdisciplinary hub for this research community.  Purdue also hosts several interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs focused on sustainability, including undergraduate degrees in environmental & ecological engineering and natural resources and environmental science, as well as a graduate program in Ecological Sciences and Engineering.  The successful candidate will be expected to participate in and contribute to these programs as well.

Position Description

  • Assistant Professor, tenure track, beginning Fall 2014.
  • Teach 4 courses/year (2/semester), undergraduate and graduate.
  • Some thesis supervision. Usual non-teaching duties.
  • AOS/AOC: Open (subject to guidelines described in previous two paragraphs).
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy or related field required prior to appointment. Salary competitive.

Purdue CampusSubmission Procedure

Applicants should submit a letter of application including a discussion of the candidate’s interest and/or experience with interdisciplinary research relevant to the cluster, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, a sample of written work and evidence of teaching qualifications electronically via

Anyone for whom electronic submission is impossible should send those materials to Prof. Daniel Kelly, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University, 100 N. University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098.

Questions should be addressed to search committee co-chairs Dr. Daniel Kelly or Dr. Leigh Raymond.