Post-Doctoral/Research Fellows

The ANU Centre for Consciousness has recently advertised some post-doctoral and research fellowships. The text of the advertisement in Jobs for Philosophers is as follows:

Australian National University

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow Fixed-Term Level A/B The School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, seeks to appoint one or more research-only Postdoctoral/Research Fellows (Level A/B), subject to funding. The Fellows will be appointed in association with the ANU Centre for Consciousness directed by Professor David Chalmers. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in philosophy or a related discipline prior to appointment, and should specialize in the philosophy of mind or language, metaphysics, epistemology, or cognitive science. Appointment will be for up to two years. The School will consider proposals to fill the positions by secondment from other institutions, and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates. Full details can be found at Deadline: December 21, 2012.

The rest of the details mentioned above (including an online application procedure) are available at the ANU website.

Note: as well as applying online, please e-mail all application materials to This will ensure that we receive all materials in a timely fashion. We encourage you to send materials as soon as you can. We would appreciate it if you could have letters of recommendation e-mailed to that address as well, if possible.

Answers to other questions:

(1) It's not required that applicants work directly on consciousness. We are interested in applications from a wide range of areas: the Centre for Consciousness has employed philosophers of language, metaphysicians, and epistemologists in the past, for example. If in doubt, apply!

(2) The Centre for Consciousness and the School of Philosophy are more or less continuous with each other, and the applicants for these positions will be expected to take full part in the extraordinarily active philosophical culture of the RSSS Philosophy Program.

(3) The starting date is fairly flexible: while something like July or August 2013 would be standard, it's not out of the question to start in earlyish 2013 or in early 2014. You're required to have PhD in hand by the start of the appointment.

(4) It is possible to hold this sort of fellowship while holding a position at another institution. A number of post-doctoral fellows appointed in the Program have held such positions, including Tim Bayne (Macquarie), John Bengson (Wisconsin), Berit Brogaard (Missouri), Kenny Easwaran (USC), Andy Egan (Michigan), Philip Goff (Liverpool), Dan Korman (Illinois), Fiona Macpherson (Glasgow), Angela Mendelovici (Western Ontario), Adam Pautz (Texas), Raul Saucedo (Cornell), Nico Silins (Cornell), Declan Smithies (Ohio State), and Mike Titelbaum (Wisconsin). (The Centre for Consciousness website has a full list of post-docs in the Centre to date, plus other information.) Of course you will need permission from the other institution for this sort of arrangement. But the ANU end is fairly flexible.

(5) Although the regulations do not require it, it would be helpful if applicants were to send writing samples and have a dossier of recommendation letters sent to the email address above, at least if they have such a dossier readily available. If not, then we will contact recommenders for shortlisted applicants.

(6) Note that there are seven "selection criteria" listed towad the end of the official web page for the position. It is university policy that applicants must address these criteria explicitly. So we advise you to do this, but we note that your responses need not be long: a couple of sentences or a paragraph each is fine.