Post-doc position (2015)

Within the VIDI project ‘The Roots of Deduction’ led by Catarina Dutilh Novaes, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen is advertising a 12-month post-doc position (salary scale 11.0, EUR 3.259 gross per month), to commence in January 2015 or shortly thereafter. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the activities of the project (seminars, reading groups etc.) and to conduct research related to the topics covered by the project (no teaching obligations included).


Given the broad scope of the project, candidates with a number of different backgrounds will be considered, as long as they have a keen interest in the general topic of deductive proofs in logic and mathematics. In particular, candidates may have the following areas of expertise:

  • Ancient logic
  • Ancient mathematics (Greek as well as other traditions)
  • Philosophical logic and philosophy of logic
  • Philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of mathematical practice (proofs in particular)
  • Dialogical logic and games in logic
  • Logic and argumentation
  • Deductive and mathematical cognition (psychology/cognitive science)

Candidate’s profile

Candidates will have just obtained or be about to obtain their PhD degrees. Since it was launched in 2011, the project has been running in a highly collaborative manner, and thus we are specifically looking for people who like to engage in collective research. Women and members of other underrepresented groups in philosophy are strongly encouraged to apply.


To apply, send a CV (including the names of two referents), a cover letter and a short (circa 1000 words) research statement, elaborating on how your research interests intersect with the topics of the project, and how you see yourself contributing to the project’s investigations. For the latter, candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the questions, results and activities of the project by consulting the project’s output webpage. The research statement will be the most important factor when evaluating the applications.

Send all the application material to rootsofdeduction 'at', with subject ‘Post-doc application’. For further inquiries, contact Catarina Dutilh Novaes at c.dutilh.novaes 'at'


  • Deadline for application CHANGED: July 1st 2014
  • Interviews (through video-conferencing): in the week of August 18th to 22nd 2014
  • Start date: January 2015 or shortly thereafter


The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen is a stimulating, lively and internationally-oriented community of excellent lecturers and researchers. In the past decade, it has been consistently ranked as one of the top philosophy programs in the Netherlands, both on research and on teaching. The faculty has an interdisciplinary outlook and maintains strong ties with other faculties in the university.


While we currently only have funding for a 12-month post-doc position within the project, the successful candidate will be able to make use of the coaching program of the Faculty of Philosophy and the University of Groningen for grant applications. There are a number of grant possibilities for junior researchers wishing to work in the Netherlands, including NWO's VENI scheme, Marie Curie Fellowships, ERC grants etc. The Faculty of Philosophy has been very successful in recent years in securing research grants, so we are in a position to offer the support and coaching a young researcher requires to be successful with such applications.