PhD position in Philosophy

University of Luxembourg
March 19, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Fixed Term Contract
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The Institute of Philosophy (part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) at the University of Luxembourg seeks applications for a four-year (48 months) position as a doctoral student. The position is part of the FNR funded project ‘The Epistemology of AI systems' (C22/SC/17111440) starting on September 1st, 2023. The PI for the project is Thomas Raleigh (Associate Professor of Philosophy) and the Co-PI is Leon Van Der Torre (Professor of Computer Science). The Post-Doc for the project will be Dr Aleks Knoks. The specific focus for the PhD position is envisaged to be the topic of Testimony and AI, though there will be some scope for flexibility concerning the PhD topic so long as it fits with the themes of the project.

The overall aim of the project is to apply philosophical concepts and tools from recent work in philosophy of science and social epistemology to investigate how to rationally use and respond to AI technology and what to do to improve human-machine interactions from an epistemic point of view. We will focus in particular on questions concerning understanding ‘opaque' AI systems using simplified explanatory models, trusting AI-generated testimony, conditions under which (opaque) AI systems are epistemically authoritative and how their authority differs from the authority of human experts.

Your Role...

The doctoral candidate will be a member of the Department of Humanities / Institute of Philosophy. S/he will work under the supervision of Associate Prof. Dr Thomas Raleigh and participate in the project “The Epistemology of AI systems”. The primary role for the position will be research on the project's themes that results in a doctoral thesis, as well as help in organizing research activities and workshops arising from the project. There will also be the opportunity to teach.

Your tasks

  • Research in the field of Philosophy with a focus on Epistemology and Artificial Intelligence
  • Organizing conferences and communicating with external partners
  • Series of publications (in peer-reviewed journals and accepted papers resulting in a cumulative dissertation OR a PhD thesis (with presentations at scientific conferences)
  • Enrolment in the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • What we expect from you…
  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in Philosophy or a related field
  • A writing sample of less than 8,000 words (e.g. a chapter from the MA thesis), and a research statement (max. 2 pages) outlining the candidate's proposed research on the topic of Testimony and AI or similar topic that closely fits with the project. (See below for How to Apply…)
  • Excellent English language skills are essential, but there are no other language requirements
  • We will be primarily looking for ability in epistemology and the philosophy of AI. Some expertise in philosophy of mind and/or philosophy of language may also be an advantage
  • We offer...

  • Participation in a reliable and motivating team
  • Excellent research and funding conditions on a personal and a research level at an international and multilingual university
  • Personal high-quality supervision
  • Collaboration with Computer Scientists both at UL's prestigious Computer Science Department and at the Luxembourg Institute of Technology (LIST)
  • In Short...
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Employee and student status
  • Start date: September 2023
  • Location: Belval
  • Job Reference: UOL05534
  • The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 38028 (full time)

    How to apply...

    Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications, as well as all other academic achievements)
  • A short cover letter explaining your motivation
  • Diplomas and transcripts of your Bachelor and Master program
  • A writing sample of less than 8,000 words (e.g. a chapter from the MA thesis)
  • A research statement (max. 2 pages) outlining the candidate's proposed research on the topic of Testimony and AI (or similar topic that closely fits with the project)
  • Contact information for at least two academic referees
  • We ensure a full consideration for applications received by 19 March 2023. Online interviews will be held around the start of April 2023. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

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  • Further information...

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