The research unit „The Epistemology of the LHC“, established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), invites applications for


a Postdoctoral position
in the field of philosophy of physics.


Established in 2016, the Research Unit has forged a unique cooperation between physicists, philosophers, historians, and social scientists. Its aim is to collectively investigate the epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. With its six individual projects cooperating closely and its teams located at universities across Germany and Austria, the Research Unit covers a broad variety of issues concerning the forefront of research on experimental and theoretical physics at one of the largest scientific facilities worldwide. It addresses key questions in philosophy, history, and the social sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective.

After a successful first phase, the Research Unit has been extended for a second phase of 36 months. We are seeking applicants for the subproject (A2) “The hierarchy, fine tuning, and naturalness problem from a philosophical perspective” (Principal Investigators: Jun.Prof. Dr. Radin Dardashti (Wuppertal) and Prof. Dr. Robert Harlander (Aachen)).

We are looking for candidates with either a PhD in philosophy with a strong background in physics, or a PhD in physics with a strong background in philosophy, who are interested in engaging in interdisciplinary work

We are committed to diversity and equal opportunity, and would like to encourage applications from scholars who would diversify the Research Unit, and the academic community more generally.

The position (100% 13TV-L) is funded for three years and will start on August 1, 2020 or later.  


Deadline for applications: 30.06.2020 


Descriptions of the individual projects can be found at

Please send applications electronically to Applications should include a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and presentations, copies of your degree certificates, and the names and addresses of two referees who can be contacted directly.