4-year PhD position Neuchâtel

Application deadline: 5 December 2023.


    General information:

    • The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Neuchâtel seeks to appoint a PhD student in connection with the SNF-project, “The Defence First Approach to Responsibility”, led by Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette

    • The goal of the project is to investigate the nature of defences (justifications, excuses, and exemptions) and to use them to tackle traditional questions of moral responsibility.

    • For more information about the project, please consult the project description.

    Starting date:

    1 February 2024 (negotiable)

    Duration of the Contract:

    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 47'886.60 (3'990.55/month); Year 2: CHF 49'413 (4'117.80/month); Year 3/4: CHF 50'940.60 (4'245.05/month).

    Job Description:

    • The PhD student will conduct research under the supervision of Prof. Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette
    • Teaching: two hours per week, related to the project.
    • Participation in the evaluation and proctoring of exams.
    • Advising and mentoring students.
    • Active engagement in the development of the Institute of Philosophy (organisation of conferences, promotion of philosophy to prospective students, etc.).
    • Participation in the weekly research symposium (every Tuesday) as well as other symposia and conferences organised by the Institute of Philosophy.
    • Presenting work related to doctoral research at international conferences.
    • Participating in workshops and other training for doctoral students.
    • Publishing articles related to the doctoral dissertation.
    • Plan a one- or two-semester-long stay abroad while conducting doctoral research.
    • Assure a regular presence at the Institute (an office and IT equipment will be provided).


    Master’s degree in Philosophy; completed prior to taking up the PhD position.
    Background in moral philosophy or philosophy of action or philosophy of law or epistemology.
    Curiosity and the ability to conduct original research.
    Passion for teaching.
    Strong English and French.

    How to apply
    Application type: Email

    Applications must include the following:

    • A cover letter explaining the applicant’s fit for the position (one page).

    • A curriculum vitae.

    • A thesis project proposal (one page).

    • A 4000-to-9000-word writing sample (ideally, on a topic relevant to the project)

    • Copies of transcripts.

    • The names and contact information of three references.

    Application materials should be sent as a single PDF document to Prof. Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette at simon-pierre.chevarie-cossette@unine.ch. Application deadline: 5 December 2023.



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