Fully Funded PhD position in Philosophy of Social Science (1.0 fte)

Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, invites you to apply for a

Fully Funded PhD position in Philosophy of Social Science (1.0 fte)

on the ERC-funded project Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science: Unifying the Logic of Causal Inference led by Dr Christopher Clarke, and in collaboration with the University of Cambridge.


We offer a four-year PhD fellowship on the project Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science: Unifying the Logic of Causal Inference. This full-time fellowship will lead to your completing a doctoral dissertation and defending it at the Faculty of Philosophy, Erasmus University Rotterdam, with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD.

The project looks at the challenges that show up when social scientists want to find out the causes and effects of social phenomena. For example, when social scientists ask questions such as: what are the causes of the wage gap between different ethnic groups? what difference do economic institutions make to economic growth? does the death penalty lower crime? does resource wealth drive violent conflict? does the consumption of pornography increase violence against women?

In particular, the project compares and contrasts the role of qualitative evidence (such as comparative case studies in political science or structured interviews in sociology) with the role of quantitative evidence (analyzed by statistical techniques developed in political science or econometrics, for example).

The project is funded by the European Research Council, and is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

For more details of the project itself, you can click on the “Project Summary” tab at http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/qualitative-and-quantitative-social-science-unifying-the-logic-of-causal-in


Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a salary of 2222 EUR gross per month in the first year. This will increase each year, up to a maximum of 2840 EUR gross per month in the final year. See the full profile for more details on the employment conditions: https://www.eur.nl/fw/over-de-faculteit/werken-bij/fully-funded-phd-position-philosophy-social-science-10-fte.

Your research will be supervised by Dr Christopher Clarke. You will also have an opportunity to participate in the project workshops and conferences, and to use some of the project’s 1.5 million euro budget to travel to academic conferences and / or to make research visits to other institutions.


As the successful candidate:

  • You will have completed (or be near to completing) a master’s degree in philosophy by the time that you take up your fellowship. Master’s degrees in other subjects will also be acceptable if you show a serious interest in analytical, conceptual, methodological, or normative issues.
  • Your academic work and record demonstrates your ability to argue rigorously, to structure your ideas clearly, and to engage with academic literatures critically and creatively.
  • You are highly motivated to pursue doctoral work in one of the topics specified above, or in a related topic in the philosophy of the social sciences that touches on the qualitative versus quantitative divide.
  • You have a good command of English, and strong communication and academic writing skills.

Language of study and research community: English

Deadline for applications: 8 February 2018

Further details about the position, and how to apply for it: https://www.eur.nl/fw/over-de-faculteit/werken-bij/fully-funded-phd-position-philosophy-social-science-10-fte

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