Three PhD Positions, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands

Three PhD Positions: Embark on a journey of intellectual exploration and join Utrecht University’s esteemed Faculty of Science as a PhD candidate. Under the ERC Advanced Grant project ‘BOHR21: Niels Bohr for the 21st Century’, delve into the philosophical legacy of Niels Bohr, unraveling his influence on physics, biology, and broader scientific discourse. Work alongside renowned scholars Guido Bacciagaluppi, Diana Taschetto, and Stefano Furlan to redefine Bohr’s contributions and pave the way for new insights into scientific objectivity and interdisciplinary discourse.

Three PhD Positions in History and Philosophy of Physics, Biology and Science

Location: Utrecht University, Netherlands


  • Master’s degree in history or philosophy of physics, biology, or general philosophy of science.
  • Demonstrated interest in collaborative team research and developing research and teaching skills.
  • Proficiency in English, with a working knowledge of Danish and German preferred or willingness to learn.

Description: As a PhD candidate, you will focus on one of the project’s three main areas: philosophy of physics, philosophy of biology, or general philosophy of science. Engage in research projects that shed light on Bohr’s multifaceted contributions, from his impact on organicism in theoretical biology to his relevance in contemporary debates on emergence and reduction in philosophy of science. Benefit from access to historical resources at the Niels Bohr Archive in Copenhagen and collaborate with the ROTO research project in Bochum. Immerse yourself in a vibrant research environment, participating in seminars, workshops, and conferences while co-authoring papers on project topics.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply via the ‘Apply now’ button and submit the following documents:

  1. A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) addressing your interest and suitability for the PhD position, including a description of topics, questions, or ideas aligned with the BOHR21 project.
  2. Full CV, including the topic of your Master’s thesis.
  3. Copies of relevant degree(s)/certificate(s).
  4. Official list containing your Master’s grades.
  5. Representative writing sample (e.g., extract from Master’s thesis or authored paper).
  6. Two confidential reference letters emailed to before the deadline.

Last Date for Apply: April 23, 2024

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Guido Bacciagaluppi at For application-related queries, email

Utrecht University is committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply and contribute to our collaborative research environment.



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