The history of mathematics research group at Utrecht University has an opening for a 2-year postdoc position, within the NWO-funded project “Constructive mathematics in the classical theory of conic sections.” Based on a systematic analysis of 17th-century works on conic sections, the project examines the roles that constructions played in early modern mathematics, from foundational philosophy to creative mathematical practice. See the attached PDF for a detailed project description.
Candidates with a suitable combination of a background in mathematics as well as history and philosophy are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant subject, which could be either mathematics, or history or philosophy of mathematics. The project involves substantial engagement with the technical content of historical works; some background in mathematics is therefore necessary. Beyond this, the project involves historical and philosophical dimensions that can be to some extent be emphasised in proportion to the candidate’s interests and expertise.
The starting date is September 2020. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. This is a full-time position for a period of two years.
The supervisor of the project is Viktor Blåsjö, https://www.uu.nl/staff/VNEBlasjo.
Applications should include a brief letter outlining your interest in the project and relevant experience, a CV, and optionally other material that may be helpful or relevant (such as a writing sample of unpublished work, or letters of reference sent separately by recommenders).
Application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “NWO postdoc”.