4-year postdoc position at the University of Neuchâtel

Postdoctoral Researcher for "An Ontology of Production, Products and By-Products"

General information:

The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel seeks to appoint two PhD students in connection with the SNF-project, “An Ontology of Production, Products and By-Products”, led by Oliver Massin and Kathrin Koslicki.
The goal of this project is to develop and implement an ontology of human-made products and by-products by way of a detailed study of the ontology of artifacts (subproject 1) as well as the ontology of wealth and economic goods (subproject 2).
For more information about the project, please consult the project description: http://www.unine.ch/philo/en/home/research/an-ontology-of-production.html.

Starting date: 1 October 2023.

Duration of the Contract: 30 September 2027 (4 years).

Place of Employment: Institute of Philosophy, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, University of Neuchâtel, Espace Tilo- Frey 1, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Salary: Year 1: CHF 88'777 (CHF 6'829/month); Year 2: CHF 91'165 (CHF 7'013/month); Year 3: CHF 93'553 (CHF 7'196/month); Year 4: CHF 95'942 (CHF 7'380/month).

Job Description:

  • Single- and co-authored publications related to the postdoctoral project.
  • Presentations of postdoctoral research at national and international conferences.
  • Ontology construction using the tools of first-order logic, OWL (Web Ontology Language) and Protégé (a free and open-source platform for constructing ontologies).
  • Assistance with editorial work.
    Organization of workshops and conferences.
  • Assistance with funding applications.
  • Maintenance of project website.
    Logistics connected with project partner visits.
  • Active engagement in the development of the Institute of Philosophy (promotion of philosophy to prospective students, etc.).
  • Participation in the weekly research symposium as well as other symposia and conferences organized by the Institute of Philosophy.
  • Participation in professional training.
  • Regular presence at Institute (an office and IT equipment will be provided).
  • Teaching: two hours per week, related to the project.
  • Participation in the evaluation and proctoring of exams.
  • Advising and mentoring students.


  • Applicants must have a PhD in philosophy.
  • Extensive background in metaphysics, social ontology, philosophy of action, philosophy of economics, or related areas relevant to a study of the ontology of artifacts (subproject 1) and/or the ontology of wealth and economic goods (subproject 2).
  • Curiosity and an established track record of original research.
  • Passion for teaching.
  • Knowledge of English (fluent) required; mastery of, or willingness to learn, French.

Application procedure:

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter explaining the applicant’s fit for the position (one page).
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A research statement explaining how the applicant’s research will contribute to the project (two pages).
  • A writing sample (ideally, on a topic relevant to the project).
    Copies of diplomas.
  • The names and contact information of three references.

Application materials should be sent as a single PDF document to Profs. Kathrin Koslicki and Olivier Massin to the following email address: productsontology@gmail.com. Application deadline: May 31, 2023.

For more information, please contact Profs. Kathrin Koslicki (kathrin.koslicki@unine.ch) and Olivier Massin (olivier.massin@unine.ch).

For additional information, please consult the following websites:

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