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We are looking for candidates for two fully funded PhD positions in philosophy at the University of Groningen. 


The research is carried out at the University of Groningen, in collaboration with the VU Amsterdam. Prof. J.W. Romeijn is supervisor of both projects and promotor.

Project 1: Degrees of Responsibility

Whereas we ordinarily assume that responsibility comes in degrees, the emphasis in the literature has been on the question whether or not an agent is responsible, rather than on the question how we can arrive at a judgement of the different degrees in which individuals are responsible. Drawing on tools from formal epistemology, decision theory, and causal analysis, an account of gradual responsibility will be developed and its policy implications will be examined. For more details, click here. 

Project 2: Decision Making and Responsibility Allocation

This project investigates the relation between decision-making in groups and the distribution of responsibility among members of the group. The aim is to determine how group decision making needs to be organized in such a way that the allocation of responsibility within the group becomes fair and transparent. This helps to accommodate the role of computer systems in teams, and fosters a better understanding and perception of responsibility among the group members. For more details, click here.


We are looking for applicants:

• with a strong background in philosophy
• who are trained in formal reasoning (e.g. game theory, logic, probability theory, decision theory) and
• have affinity with working in an interdisciplinary context.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a salary starting at € 2,222 in the first year, and € 2,840 gross a month for a fulltime position (salary scale PhD’s Dutch Universities) in the fourth year. The salary is supplemented by a holiday allowance of 8% per year and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
The starting date is 16 August/1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You may apply for this position until 17 May / before 18 May 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interviews (skype or live) are planned for 8 June.


For information you can contact:
• Prof. J-W. Romeijn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Prof. M. van Hees, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.


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