The Department of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is seeking to appoint a postdoc in Philosophy of Physics for a fixed-term period of 24 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. S/he is expected to both perform research independently and coordinate her work with other team members and other project partners, including members of the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE) at the UAB. S/he is also expected to spend up to six weeks per year at the Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Golm) and and take part in collaborative research activities between Dr De Bianchi’s and Dr Oriti’s groups. There are no teaching obligations, but the candidate is expected to take part in the seminars organized by the research team.

The successful candidate is expected to work on specific research questions that identify the reasons why in Western culture conceptual problems and/or paradoxes arise in representing a beginning of the universe and the emergence of time in cosmology and quantum gravity. S/he is expected to work on the foundations of spacetime theories. In particular s/he is expected to work on the conceptual issues related to the cosmological singularity and on the philosophical basis for a quantum theory of spacetime and its necessity, as well as for a quantum description of the universe in quantum cosmology.

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