FraMEPhys, a major 5-year project funded by the European Research Council, is investigating the nature of explanation in physics, with particular focus on metaphysical and non-causal explanations (including grounding explanations, geometrical explanations and unificatory explanations). The aim of FraMEPhys is to combine recent progress in metaphysics, philosophy of science and philosophy of physics to enhance our understanding of the nature of metaphysical explanation in physics. Case studies of special interest include curved spacetime, closed timelike curves and quantum entanglement.
The student will contribute to the broader FraMEPhys project either by exploring the general concepts of causation, grounding and explanation as they pertain to physical theories, or by examining in detail a particular case study in philosophy of physics that involves distinctive patterns of metaphysical explanation.
The student should have an excellent first degree and a completed Master’s degree with a significant philosophy component. Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence in general philosophy of science and metaphysics.
The PhD project will be supervised by Prof Alastair Wilson, and co-supervised by one of the project Research Fellows (Dr Katie Robertson and Dr Mike Hicks) with potential further co-supervision from members of Birmingham faculty as appropriate to the project.
For more information, please visit: https://framephys.org/
The successful applicant will benefit from:
• A fully-funded three-year PhD (stipend of £20,500 per annum) in a leading UK university.
• Guidance from leading experts in the field and research training from the University of Birmingham Graduate School.
• Work space at the University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus, and resources to attend and present at conferences and workshops.
• A vibrant research environment in the Department of Philosophy, with regular research seminars, reading groups, workshops and conferences.
Informal enquiries can be addressed to Alastair Wilson: [email protected]
This award includes funding for a full-time PhD project studentship to begin on 1st January 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. The award carries a stipend of £20,500 per annum total, intended to cover both living costs and tuition fees (currently £4,327 for UK/EU students).
To apply, please send a C.V., a separate anonymised writing sample of up to 5000 words, a covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentship and the names of two referees to [email protected]. Please quote ref. FraMEPhys.
Closing date: 27 November 2019.
Interviews will be conducted in early December 2019.