PhD Scholarship on Adaptationism, Evolution and Engineering at University of Copenhagen in Denmark, 2015

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Apply for top 2015 scholarships and financial aid positions before application deadlines. The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship. The successful candidate will be a member of the research project Living Machines? Prospects and Limitations of the Engineering Approach to the Organism sponsored by the Danish Research Council. The candidate will be expected to begin on November 1, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter. The general question guiding the research project is how we should understand thinking about organisms as engineered systems? What is the theoretical and practical significance of the machine model of the organism? The project will analyze the engineering approach to living systems in the context of synthetic biology, systems biology, and evolutionary theory. More specifically the project will investigate a cluster of interconnected yet distinct philosophical questions about (1) the fundamental nature of living beings, (2) our understanding and explanation of biological systems, (3) the methods and metaphors used in the life sciences and biotechnology.

The application deadline is September 10, 2015.  The successful candidate will be working in close cooperation with the other members of the project. It is expected that the successful candidate will be present, part of the team and partake in the activities of the project on a daily basis. As a PhD student holding a PhD scholarship you are employed as a member of scientific staff in accordance with the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Your total salary consists of a basic pay rate based on previous academic job experience and a supplement. The basic monthly pay rate for a PhD student is currently (as of April 1, 2013) DKK 24,080 and the PhD supplement is DKK 1257.83 monthly. DKK 3500 montly is paid to a pension scheme. Other allowances might be agreed upon according to the provisions of the collective agreement. Danish and international applicants can apply for these scholarships.

Deadline:  The application deadline is September 10, 2015.

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