Geneva: 4 years PhD position

Deadline: June 1, 2024


    Applications are invited for a fully funded 4-year PhD position at the Philosophy Department of the University of Geneva, in the framework of the SNSF Starting Grant Project ‘Metaphysics We Can Believe In’ (description of the project below).

    The Geneva Philosophy Department is one of Europe’s leading centres for analytic philosophy. It is the home of Eidos – the Centre for Metaphysics, Thumos – the Research group on Emotions, Values and Norms, as well as of numerous third-party funded research projects in various areas of theoretical philosophy. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to join an international community of scholars, and carry out their studies in a vibrant and friendly intellectual environment.    


    -          Writing a doctoral dissertation on a topic in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology (or at the intersection of these areas) under the supervision of Giovanni Merlo, with the possibility of co-supervision by a permanent faculty member of the Geneva philosophy department;

    -          Participating in, and assisting in the organization of, the project’s research activities (reading groups, conferences, workshops);

    -          Attending some of the main research events organized by the department (particularly, the Eidos and Thumos seminars).


    -          Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in philosophy

    -          Fluency in English

    Applications from members of underrepresented groups are especially welcome.

    Gross salary: Between CHF 48’188 and CHF 51’261 per year. The position comes with a travel allowance for attending conferences and workshops.

    Starting date: 1 January 2025, or shortly thereafter.

    To apply: Candidates should submit their dossier as a single PDF file by sending an email to with ‘PhD application’ in the subject line. The dossier should include:

    (i)      a cover letter describing the candidate’s background and profile, and the fit between their interests and skills and the Starting Grant project;

    (ii)     a CV;

    (iii)   one writing sample (max. 10’000 words);

    (iv)   a research proposal for a possible doctoral thesis (max. 2-3 pages);

    (v)     the contact details of two possible academic references.

    The deadline for applications is 1 June 2024.

    If deemed necessary, interviews will take place in the week starting on 17 June 2024.

    For further inquiries, please contact Giovanni Merlo at