The Department of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is accepting applications to appoint a PhD student in Philosophy of Physics for a fixed-term period of 36 months. The position is to support the research project PROTEUS – Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s), which is funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr Silvia De Bianchi.

The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary research team in the ERC Starting Grant project PROTEUS “Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)” under the supervision of Dr Silvia De Bianchi.

S/he is expected to both perform research independently and coordinate her work with other team members and other project partners, including Dr Daniele Oriti, and to spend up to six weeks per year at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Golm). Successful candidate will enrol in the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy at the UAB.

The successful candidate is expected to work on the philosophy of time and to identify the fundamental characters of emergent time in current theories of cosmology and quantum gravity. S/he will contribute to the project by investigating which aspects of time are emergent, and how their emergence is characterised from the conceptual standpoint, in a range of different quantum gravity programs.

S/he is not requested to teach, but will have to actively take part in the project’s seminars.

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