PostDoc/Habilitation-Fellowship (3 years)

Munich School of Philosophy is pleased to announce one 3-year PostDoc/Habilitation fellowship. The fellowship is full-time.

We invite junior scholars (ideally recent Ph.D.s) in philosophy and psychology (with proof of strong philosophy background) to apply for a three year fellowship starting March 15th, 2018. Salary and social benefits are competitive (German TvöD 13). (Candidates with completed Ph.D. thesis preparing for a defense in the near future are eligible.)

Possible topics of the PostDoc/Habilitation fellowship are deliberately given wide thematic scope. The fellowship will enable scholars in philosophy to conduct independent cutting-edge research at the intersection of philosophy and psychology. The fellowship will be part of the interdisciplinary project:

“Motivational and Volitional Processes of Human Integration: Philosophical and Psychological Approaches to Human Flourishing

The project is based at the Munich School of Philosophy and the Technical University of Munich. The research methodology is interdisciplinary, combining philosophical and psychological approaches. Philosophically the project is situated in analytic theory of action, philosophy of mind, and meta-ethics.

From the executive summary of the project:

[6-page project summary]

The proposed project explores the idea of a dynamic and organismic concept of the self at the interface of philosophy and experimental psychology. We argue that human self-realization is a goal-oriented process leading from less integrated to more integrated states.

Although Harry Frankfurt and others have explored the idea of integration as a central characteristic of human life, we argue that those models lack complexity mainly because they do not sufficiently acknowledge the findings of empirical research in psychology. We draw from the philosophical tradition ranging from Duns Scotus to Harry Frankfurt in considering the volitional system to be the core of the human person. In our model, an understanding of this system is grounded in three factors: (1) implicit, unconscious motives and (2) explicit, propositional motives which in turn are integrated and regulated by (3) meta-motivational attitudes.

Based on a substantial concept of human integration and its relation to subjective well-being, we aim to detail the necessary conditions for flourishing. The project is, therefore, normative in the sense that it delineates the necessary conditions for flourishing, but not normative in the sense that it describes the material, sufficient conditions.

Projects ought to be systematic in character. We do not seek to support projects which are purely historical.

We expect the recipient of the fellowhip to actively publish during the 3-year period. Prospective fellows should be willing to engage in the interdisciplinary setting of the project; this includes the willingness to acquire a proficiency in current psychology, esp. motivational psychology; in particular the “3C model of motivation and volition” (Kehr), the “personality-systems-interaction model” (Kuhl), and the “self-determination model” (Ryan/Deci).

Possible areas of research may include:

  • Processes of human integration, the will, and the motivational system.
  • Processes of human integration and philosophical concepts of human flourishing (eudaimonia).
  • Processes of human integration and externalism and internalism about reasons, as well as externalism and internalism about motivation.
  • Processes of human integration and the diachronic unity of persons.
  • Processes of human integration and narrativity.
  • Processes of human integration and the role of second-person-relations.

During the fellowship the fellow officially belongs to the faculty staff of Munich School of Philosophy. Munich School of Philosophy provides all necessary infrastructure. The fellow receives office space, access to internet and to all university libraries and other infrastructure provided by the Munich School of Philosophy. Additional assistance may be provided, as needed, by partner institutions: the Technical University of Munich, the Bavarian State Library, and the Leibniz-IT-Center.

The fellow is entitled to teach courses at Munich School of Philosophy – details are up to negotiation.In addition to ongoing publication of research results, participation in the activities of the project at Munich School of Philosophy is obligatory (research seminars, project meetings etc.). Residence in the Greater Munich area is expected (details below).

The fellow will occasionally be expected to support the steering committee in planning and running academic events such as conferences and workshops, as well as in preparing publications. The details are up to negotiation, but clearly the main focus will be on the fellow’s own research and the timely publication thereof.

Fellows will find themselves surrounded by a stimulating blend of interdisciplinary research seminars at two universities, conferences, and regular guest lectures dedicated to the topics they are working on themselves. There is the opportunity to interact regularly with faculty members of both departments in a familiar atmosphere.

Information concerning eligibility, applications, dates, etc.

Conditions for Eligibility

  • PhD in philosophy or psychology (with a strong philosophy background);
  • familiarity with recent developments in philosophical action theory, familiarity with philosophy of psychology is desirable;
  • proficiency in English, oral and written; some familiarity with the German language is a plus but not a requirement;
  • at least one published paper (proven track-record in publishing is a great plus);
  • social and communication skills.

In addition, candidates are expected to be willing

  • to participate in seminars and conferences of the project organized;
  • to work in a larger research group;
  • to disseminate the research results through publications and conference presentations.

Further inquiries about project eligibility or about the application should be directed to

Application Material Should Contain:
  • your statement of interest (approx. 250 words);
  • your CV;
  • a copy of your PhD-diploma;
  • an abstract of your research proposal (200-250 words);
  • your research proposal (1.500-2.000 words) outlining the research project as well as how it is relevant for and contributes to the overall perspective of the project;
  • a timeline describing precisely the work that will be completed during the grant period and in which order it is planned to do so;
  • two confidential letters of recommendation from two university professors (ideally one of them being the director of the PhD-thesis) addressing the applicant’s qualifications for outstanding PostDoc-research. These should be sent by the recommenders to the email-adress below.

Please use “PostDoc TRT-Project” in the header of your mail!

Applications can be in German or English.

The application materials must be submitted in electronic form (PDF with US-letter or DIN-A4 sized pages, double spaced) to:

We will acknowledge each submission within 48 hours. All inquiries should be mailed to the address above.

Important Dates

Deadline for applications: December 22nd, 2017

Information about decision: January 15th, 2018

Start of the fellowship: March 15th, 2018

Additional Information

We expect the successful applicant to move to the greater Munich-area as soon as possible, but no later than the summer term of 2018 (June 1st). Details are up to negotiation.

Munich School of Philosophy, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education! 



This project is made possible through a generous grant by Templeton (TRT)

Additional support is provided by the Erich J. Lejeune Endowed Chair for Philosophy and Motivation