UNIVERSITÉ DE BORDEAUX

PhD position in Philosophy of Biology or Philosophy of Medicine or Conceptual/theoretical Biology

Location
Bordeaux (FR)
Posted
03 Jan 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

PhD position in Philosophy of Biology and/or Philosophy of Medicine and/or Conceptual/theoretical Biology

Thomas Pradeu’s ERC Starting Grant Project Topic: “The role of the immune system in the maintenance and construction of the organism”

The University of Bordeaux and the CNRS seek candidates for a three-year PhD position in Philosophy of Biology and/or Philosophy of Medicine and/or Conceptual/theoretical Biology, in the context of Thomas Pradeu’s ERC Starting Grant project, called “Immunity, Development and the Microbiota: Understanding the Continuous Construction of Biological Identity”
(IDEM, ERC#637647, 2015-2020).

PhD topic: “The role of the immune system in the maintenance and construction of the organism”.

Location: Immunology lab (https://www.immuconcept.org/), CNRS & University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France.

Project’s PI: Thomas Pradeu, head of Conceptual Immunology team
(https://www.immuconcept.org/conceptual-immunology/).

Language: English.

Duration: Three years.

Start date: September 1st, 2017, or October 1st, 2017.

Requirements: Master in Philosophy of Biology, or Philosophy of Medicine, or Philosophy of Science more generally, with a strong interest in biology and/or medicine (and, if possible, a degree in biology or medicine), OR a Master in Biological or Biomedical sciences, with a strong interest in conceptual and theoretical investigation. A good knowledge of immunology will be an asset, but it is not necessary.
Application deadline: April 25, 2017.
Website: all details about IDEM project and the PhD position can be found here: https://www.immuconcept.org/erc-idem/

Contact: Thomas Pradeu, thomas.pradeu@u-bordeaux.fr

Practical activities and requirements

  • Master in Philosophy of Biology, or Philosophy of Medicine, or Philosophy of Science more generally, with a strong interest in biology and/or medicine (and, if possible, a degree in biology or medicine), OR a Master in Biology, with a strong interest in conceptual and theoretical investigation. A good knowledge of immunology will be an asset, but it is not necessary.
  • The recruited PhD student will be expected to participate in seminars, reading groups, and other aspects of the research life.
  • The recruited PhD student will be expected to publish several papers, including papers written in collaboration with scientists (at least 2 co-authored papers with scientists and/or philosophers, and 2 single-authored papers). A major aim of IDEM is the publication of co-authored papers in high-profile scientific journals.
  • Residency in Bordeaux is mandatory.
  • Everyday presence in the lab from 9am to 5pm is mandatory.
  • Salary: approximately €1,400 per month (net salary before income taxes).
  • Vacation: The PhD student will be entitled to a total of 44 days’ vacation per year.
  • Language: IDEM will be conducted in English. Fluency in French is therefore not mandatory.

Applications (in English) should include:

  • a cover letter;
  • a CV;
  • (if applicable) a list of publications;
  • a sample of written work of up to 10,000 words (for example, an excerpt of a Master dissertation);
  • a description of planned research activity of 1,000-1,500 words.

Applications, in one PDF document, will be sent by email to: thomas.pradeu@u-bordeaux.fr
(before April 25, 2017). Hard copy applications are not accepted.
Additionally, two confidential letters of reference should be sent to the same address from the referees directly.

The CNRS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women to apply for positions.

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