Geneva: 3-year Postdoctoral Position 75/80%

Deadline: June 1, 2024


    Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral position (employment rate 75/80%) 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 research in a vibrant and friendly intellectual environment.   


    -          Carrying out research in the philosophy of mind / epistemology, broadly related to the project’s goals (particularly, Work Package 1 – see the project description below);

    -          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).


    -          PhD in philosophy;

    -          Fluency in English;

    -          Capacity to publish original research in international, peer-reviewed journals;

    -          Some familiarity with and/or interest in philosophical issues having to do with perspectival and first-person thought, self-locating / indexical belief, de se/de nunc content, self-/time-biases, and/or related topics in epistemology and the philosophy of mind.

    -          A broad interest in metaphysics will be considered an advantage.

    Applications from members of underrepresented groups are especially welcome.

    Gross salary: Approximately between 67'500 and 73'000 CHF per year. The exact employment rate will be determined on the basis of the candidate's experience, and will not exceed 80%. The position comes with a travel allowance for attending conferences and workshops.

    Starting date: 1 February 2025, or shortly thereafter.

    To apply: Candidates should submit their dossier as a single PDF file by sending an email to with ‘Postdoc 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. 15’000 words);

    (iv)    a research proposal (max. 2-3 pages);

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

    The deadline for applications is 1 June 2024.

    Interviews will take place in the week starting on 15 July 2024.

    For further inquiries, please contact Giovanni Merlo at