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Post doctoral position in Social Epistemology

We are currently looking for a Postdoc to collaborate with the Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS) delegation in the Horizon2020 project : Policy, Expertise, and Trust in Action (PEriTiA), coordinated by Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin). This large multi-disciplinary EU-funded project aims to enhance a clear understanding of the conditions of trust in (and the trustworthiness of) expert opinion that plays an increasingly central role in policy decisions. The specific actions proposed will feed into various initiatives to restore and improve trust in governance and enhance the quality of democracy. The project will also contribute to improving trust in science and to constructing trust-enhancing narratives for policy makers relevant both to national governments and EU governance.

Work package 5 of this larger project aims to develop a better understanding of indicators of trust, trustworthiness and reputation in the social environment with a specific focus on trust in experts. 

The Postdoc will be stationed at the Institut Jean Nicod, as part of the team “Epistemic norms”, chaired by Gloria Origgi ; He/she will collaborate with colleagues from across Europe and join the larger project team of this Horizon 2020 project at various occasions. 

Expected deliverables :

  • two (co-)authored articles in academic journals or book contributions ; 
  • helping to prepare and organise an academic conference on this topic in Paris (in collaboration with ALLEA—All European Academies in Berlin) ;
  • input and qualitative research contribution to related subprojects in the context of the H2020 project. In particular : helping develop a survey to be sent out in Phase 2 (empirical phase) of the project ; providing an account of social indicators of trust to be tested by WP9 ; contributing to the construction of a Trustworthiness Toolkit, WP11.



We are looking for a colleague who has :

  • a completed PhD in philosophy, social epistemology, social psychology, sociology.
  • a maximum of 2 years of working experience after the PhD.
  • excellent track record in research ;
  • excellent academic writing and presentation skills ;
  • excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken ;
  • a result driven and hands-on mentality ;
  • the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team ;
  • the ability and willingness to collaborate across the academic disciplines of media and communication studies, history, philosophy, and information sciences ;
  • a problem-solving attitude and ability to deal with complexities and uncertainty
  • excellent organizational, social and communication skills, preferably at an international level.


Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position for 12 or 15 months, depending on FTE, starting 1 March 2020. The gross salary at the CNRS ranges between €2,500 and € 2,900 gross per month for a full-time employment.