Call for applications for Post-doc positions – Turin, Exeter, Amsterdam

We are glad to announce that the University of Exeter and the University of Turin are looking for three post-doc position. Details about the job profiles below:

1 Research Fellow @University of Turin.

The ESR will be part of the team of our member Mario Cedrini, contributing to the research “Has economics finally become an immature science? Mapping economics at an epoch of fragmentation, by combining historical perspectives and new quantitative approaches” (PRIN 2017). The aim is to map economics by means of quantitative techniques at an epoch of potential fragmentation, providing a theoretical interpretation of the results of a text-mining (topic modeling) analysis conducted on the corpus of articles published by some important economics journals (“Economic Journal”, “Quarterly Journal of Economics”, “Cambridge Journal of Economics”). The latent thematic structure thereby obtained (and its evolution over time) is then employed as basis for a study of journals themselves, in a philosophy of science perspective applied to economics, as expressions of intellectual communities (dominant and orthodox, peripheral and heterodox, and so on) which identify, in part at least, with such journals.

Applicants must hold a Master degree in one of the following areas: Economics, Philosophy, Sociology and Social sciences, History. A PhD in Economics, research experiences and publications are an asset.

The deadline for applications is April, 22. Further details here.

2 Postdoctoral Research Fellow @College of Social Sciences and International Studies in Exeter.

For both positions, the successful applicants will join the team of Sabrina Leonelli and will be responsible for one of the two following Work packages.

  • Work Package 1: Epistemic diversity and the notion of research environment. This position requires collaboration with the PI towards investigating how conceptions of research environments affect existing accounts of the relationship between conditions and outcomes of knowledge production. This framework will be articulated through dialogue with philosophical scholarship on epistemic diversity, the role of social and material resources in knowledge production, and findings by the project team.

  • Work Package 2: Epistemic injustice and impact of Open Science on diverse research environments. This position requires collaboration with the PI towards articulating what forms of epistemic injustice may be associated with the implementation of OS, and how OS initiatives can mitigate such effects. This study will rely on existing scholarship on epistemic injustice, innovation in low-resourced sites, and inequity related to digital transformations and epistemic diversity.

In both cases, the ideal profile is able to work closely with the PI and project team; develop research objectives, projects and proposals; engage with the variety of sources, methods and disciplines of relevance to the project; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events. A successful applicant possesses a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in the philosophy, history and/or social studies of science and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes, methodologies and publications.

The deadline for applications is May, the 31st. Further details for jobs here: position#1; position#2.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow @Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

In the context of a larger research project on epistemic progress in the university, the research in this postdoc project focuses on the differences and possible conflict between individual notions of progress and collective notions of progress. In particular, attention will be paid to the relation with research evaluation and incentives. For example, a publication bias favouring positive results may harm scientific progress and publication practices targeting high impact journals may steer research efforts in certain directions. The ambition of the project is to investigate these aspects using theoretical simulation models. The goal is to determine under which conditions scientific progress is stimulated or hampered, and how calls for changing practices of publishing and research evaluation could affect these conditions. There is ample room for exploration of different possibilities for modelling these aspects.
The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the subproject’s and the project’s leaders, namely: Vincent Traag (CWTS, Leiden), Jeroen de Ridder, Rik Peels, and René van Woudenberg. The appointment is officially at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, but the candidate can also use office space and facilities at CWTS Leiden in order to facilitate collaboration. The position includes funding for research and travel. A detailed project description is available 
here. Candidates are strongly encouraged to read the project description carefully when preparing their application.


  • PhD in a relevant field, including, but not limited to, science studies, philosophy, mathematics, and/or computer science
  • a clear interest in science studies, metascience, or philosophy of science
  • programming experience (e.g., Python, R, NetLogo)
  • experience with modelling approaches
  • excellent research and writing skills
  • excellent command of English

Deadline for application is May, 9th, further details are available here.


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