Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider

The University of Wuppertal, Germany, offers two Post-doctoral positions for
three years, to start in January 2010. Successful applicants will work
together in a research group dedicated to the „Epistemology of the Large
Hadron Collider“, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within a
group of physicists, philosophers and historians of science. Applicants
should have a Ph.D. in physics or philosophy / history / sociology of
science with an emphasis on contemporary physics and be able to pursue a
highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international research project.
A Diploma / Master / Bachelor degree in the other field is an asset. Some
teaching is possible, but not required.

Applications can be made for the following projects (multiple applications
possible): (i) „Epistemic dynamics of model development“, using both
philosophical and science studies methods; (ii) „Experiments between
theory-ladenness and exploration“. A third position: (iii) „Ontological and
epistemological aspects of the Higgs-mechanism“ is pending and subject to
budgetary approval. Further information on the projects and the official
announcement of the positions can be found under

The University of Wuppertal is committed to employing more women scientists
and welcomes applications from qualified female researchers. Applications of
disabled researchers are welcome.

Send complete dossier (including two letters of reference) by September 1st,
2009, to „LHC-Epistemologie“, IZWT, Prof. F. Steinle, WuppertalUniversity,
Gaussstr. 20, 42119 Wuppertal, Germany. Informal inquiries should be
directed respectively to: (i) Peter Mättig ([email protected]), (ii)
Friedrich Steinle ([email protected]), (iii) Holger Lyre
([email protected]).