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2018 Monash PhD Position in Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science

Job no:                       561727

Faculty / Portfolio:    Faculty of Arts, Philosophy Graduate Research Program

Location:                    Clayton campus, Monash University

Supervisor:                Dr Tim Bayne, Professor, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies

Remuneration:          The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance. Current value: $26,682 p.a. 2017 full-time rate (tax-free stipend); (indexed plus allowances as per RTP/MGE stipend conditions:

The Opportunity

A PhD position is being sought in Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science in association with the Australian Research Council Project "Measuring the Mind: A Framework for Building a Consciousness Meter." Potential doctoral research projects include (but are not limited to): problems associated with validating measures of consciousness; the nature of introspection; unconscious thought and perception; theories of consciousness; levels of explanation in the science of consciousness; the relationship between consciousness and agency; consciousness in infants and non-human animals; and disorders of consciousness.  

Please note applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have excellent academic track record in Philosophy. A track record in other relevant disciplines (e.g., Neuroscience and Psychology) might also be an advantage.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements which include English-language skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by March 2018. There may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Enquiries concerning intended topics for research and other academic matters should be directed to Professor Tim Bayne, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University (+61 3 9905 1519;

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's suitability
  • A research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of three referees
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only)

It is expected that applicants will have been in discussion with a potential thesis supervisor prior to submission of the application.

EOIs shall be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to Ms Merci Ikeda, Graduate Research Admissions Officer, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address:

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing date for receipt of applications:

Monday 31 July 2017, 11:55 pm AEST

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