Assistant Professors / Postdoctoral Researchers with Potential for Temporary Civil Servant Status (m/f/x)

Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion - Chair in Philosophy and Decision Theory (held by Christian List)
Start date
1 September 2021. An earlier start date may be negotiated under certain circumstances.
Application deadline
19 Apr 2021
Remuneration group
TV-L E13
Payment grade
Contract duration
initially for the duration of three years, renewable for a further three years in the case of an Assistant Professor

The newly created Chair in Philosophy and Decision Theory, held by Christian List, is devoted to the study of foundational questions in decision and social choice theory, formal epistemology and formal ethics, the philosophy of mind and action, and the philosophy of the social sciences. The work of the chair has an interdisciplinary orientation, emphasizing the exchange of ideas with researchers from neighboring fields, including in the sciences and social sciences. The chair’s areas of research and teaching can be subdivided into three broadly defined subfields, with some overlap between them:

  • individual decision theory, including theories of rationality, formal epistemology, and formal ethics;
  • collective decision theory, including social choice theory, social epistemology, and related areas of social and political philosophy;
  • the metaphysics of mind and action and related questions concerning the foundations of the human and social sciences.

The chair is part of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, which offers a world-class environment for research in formally oriented areas of philosophy. Furthermore, LMU’s Faculty of Philosophy has significant strengths spanning a wide range of different areas of philosophy ⁠— theoretical and practical, as well as contemporary and historical.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Independent and collaborative research broadly in the thematic areas of the chair — including philosophically oriented decision theory, philosophically oriented social choice theory, formal epistemology and formal ethics, and the philosophy of mind and action — and dissemination of such research through participation in seminars, conferences, and workshops.
  • Teaching: 5 hours per week. Candidates will be expected to contribute to the teaching provided by the chair, also in the context of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy.
  • Participation in other activities associated with the chair, including conference and workshop organization, teaching administration, research seminars, reading groups, etc.
  • Pursuit of an Habilitation (advanced postdoctoral research project).


  • Candidates should have completed, or be about to complete, a doctoral degree in philosophy or a suitable related field (e.g. logic, computer science, or economics). A completed doctorate is required by the time of the appointment's commencement.
  • Candidates should have a record of producing high-quality research ⁠— as evidenced by publications and/or publishable writings of international standard ⁠— commensurate with their career stage.
  • Candidates should have a strong analytic, logical, and (depending on their research area) mathematical orientation and aptitude.
  • Candidates should have excellent teaching skills and be willing to engage in teamwork.
  • Candidates should be able to work in English, with respect to both research and teaching.
  • Knowledge of German and the ability to teach in German are welcome, but not a prerequisite for this post.


Under certain conditions, the postholder can be appointed as an Akademischer Rat auf Zeit (temporary civil servant status at A13 level, which requires a completed doctoral degree) (m/f/x); otherwise, the salary will be calculated according to the group E 13 TVL-employment grade.

Successful applicants will also have funds available to attend workshops and conferences.

We are committed to equality of opportunity. The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching, and strongly encourages female candidates to apply.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Applications should be written entirely in English and should include:

  • a cover letter that outlines the candidate’s academic profile, research and teaching interests, and motivation for applying for the advertised position (and ⁠— in the event of the candidate not having a doctorate yet ⁠— the expected submission and defence dates);
  • a resume, complete with a list of publications and/or finished manuscripts.

Longlisted/shortlisted candidates will be required, at a later stage, to provide writing samples, two academic references, and degree certificates (details will follow).

The materials should be collated into a single PDF document, include the email subject line “Academic job application”, and be sent by 19 April 2021 to


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