Postdoc position

Posted: 26 February 2020

Seeking a postdoctoral associate for grant-funded work on questions related to directionality and goal directedness (or teleology) in evolution and in biological systems generally. The project will involve research in two main areas: 1) trends, chance, convergence, complexity, and laws in macroevolutionary studies; and 2) alternative ways that teleology in biology has been understood, both historically and in the modern literature. The research is expected to lead to the publication of 3 papers in these areas. The precise focus of each paper will depend to some extent on the interests of the candidate chosen.

We are looking for someone with an interest in macroevolution, and ideally with training in the philosophy of biology. Qualifications include a PhD in philosophy and evidence of strong research productivity.  Opportunities will be also available for the postdoc to establish their own side projects related to the overall goals of the larger project. A copy of the original proposal describing the project can be obtained by emailing Dan McShea ( Salary is commensurate with Duke University standards for postdoctoral associates. The appointment will be for 1 to 1.5 years.

Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three people who can serve as references. Applications must be submitted through Review of applications will begin immediately. The position is expected to begin July 1, 2020, but the the hiring schedule can be modified for exceptionally qualified candidates.