University of Edinburgh Postdoctoral Research Associate Philosophy of Science School of Physics

Funded by the John Templeton Foundation you will study philosophical issues at the interface between physics and biology. The Principal Investigator is Prof. Wilson Poon (School of Physics, University of Edinburgh), and the co-investigators are Prof. Tom McLeish (School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leeds), Dr Gregory Radick (Division of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds) and Prof. Alexander Bird (Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol. You will be based principally at the University of Bristol, but will be expected to travel between and spend time at all three institutions.

The project concerns methodological and philosophical issues that arise from the interaction between biology and physics. The project is to be informed by detailed scientific knowledge of the two fields and the practices of scientists in each.

You must have, or be about to receive, a PhD in philosophy of science or a closely allied discipline. You will have significant knowledge of either the philosophy of physics or the philosophy of biology, while experience across the two disciplines would be an advantage. The ability to interact with scientists in the two subjects as well as with specialists in the philosophy and history of science is essential, as is willingness to participate in organising events (workshops and conference).

Fixed Term: 2 Years

Salary Scale: £20,645 – £30,902 per annum

Please Quote Ref: 3006339JW

Closing Date: 13 October 2006

For further particulars and an application pack visit our website ( ) or telephone the recruitment line on 0131 650 2511.