Vacancy No. 1002/2020

PhD candidate (f/m/d) The impact of computer simulations on the epistemic status of LHC Data

Job description

The research unit „Epistemology of the LHC“, established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), investigates a broad variety of themes centering on the experimental and theoretical research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN from an interdisciplinary perspective that involves problems and methods from philosophy, history, and science studies. The research project at KIT – Institute of Philosophy is “The Impact of Computer Simulations and Machine Learning on the Epistemic Status of LHC Data”. Your work will address the epistemic risks that the involvement of computer simulations may have for particle physics findings.  The pursued PhD is within Philosophy, but interdisciplinary cooperation with particle physicists is expected..

Personal qualification

You must have a university degree (diploma (Uni)/Master) in the field of philosophy of science, physics, history of science, or science studies. Experience with interdisciplinary cooperation is advantageous

We are looking for a candidate in the field of philosophy of science who is willing to engage in interdisciplinary work and has some relevant experience in one of the complementary disciplines physics, history of science, or science studies.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute for Technology Futures - Philosophy ITZ-PHIL)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

limited for three years.

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof Dr. Dr. Rafaela Hillerbrand, phone: +49(0)721/608-26450.


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 1002/2020 .
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Ms Brückner
phone: +49 721 608-42016,

Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.