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Full-Time PostDoc at Politecnico di Milano

Full-time Postdoc position (1+2 years) in the field of Logic and Philosophy of Science Title: Epistemology and Ethics of Risk Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

The job is for one Full-time Postdoc Position for 1 year, renewable for 2 additional years. Tenure-track opportunities are also envisaged at the subsequent stage. The Postdoc will conduct research at the intersection of epistemology and ethics of risk. We are especially interested in candidates who wish to investigate the outstanding notions of risk and uncertainty in an interdisciplinary framework. Knowledge of statistical techniques in risk analysis and/or (formal) methods for uncertainty representation are essential.

As is well known, at the heart of the notion of risk are the epistemic notions of knowledge and uncertainty. Their analysis requires decision theory methodologies and may raise multiple epistemological but also ethical questions. This project has two specific objectives: 1) To develop a critical analysis of prediction models in science in relation to forms of epistemic uncertainty, in particular seismic risk prediction models; 2) To address the issue of damage and loss analysis from both an economic and ethical point of view, also considering new methods proposed in the literature to make decisions under conditions of severe uncertainty.

The default starting date is 16 May 2021 (but starting a bit later can be mutually agreed). Gross salary is 24424.56 and coverage by the national healthcare service is given as part of the employment position. The position does not involve teaching duties. However, teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and master level is possible and encouraged and will entitle to additional compensation. In an effort to foster internationalization, Politecnico di Milano encourages applications by foreign citizens and by nationals with international experience. Applicants should have a solid methodological background and a track-record (or proved pipeline) of publications in primary international outlets. Knowledge of the Italian language is not required, but the ability to teach in English is mandatory.

Application Instructions Applicants can find further details and apply[ID]=9532&L=1 Deadline for application is 20 April 2021 The online job interview will be 5 May 2021 The link to Online Services of Politecnico di Milano is: ==> TOOLS ==> ONLINE SERVICES

Applicants must pay by the deadline for submitting the application a contribution fee of 25.82 Euro. This is a necessary requirement of the Italian legislation. Politecnico di Milano guarantees equal gender opportunities in recruitment and career.

Research environment The postdoc will join the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (, whose mission is centered on the modern paradigm of the civil and environmental engineer, whereby the ability to meet society's demand for civil and industrial construction and infrastructure is closely integrated with the need to safeguard the environmental resources and mitigate natural and anthropogenic hazards. In particular, the research will be carried out, under the supervision of Prof. Lorenza Petrini, within the Department Section of Structures and Environment having specific competences related to seismic risk, hazard estimates and vulnerability analysis of structures and infrastructures. Besides, the postdoc will join the study unit META Social Sciences and Humanities for Science and Technology ( META is an interdisciplinary network of scholars in the humanities and social sciences aiming to produce and disseminate knowledge and offering expertise in epistemological, ethical, and social issues related to the processes of science, technology, and innovation.

Campus and city The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is in the Politecnico di Milano central campus (Leonardo). Politecnico di Milano has been recently ranked #1 among Italian Universities in QS Global World Rankings. The campus is located in the Milan urban area. Central stations of Porta Garibaldi and Milan Cadorna are at 2-stops of public transportation (10 minutes). Milan is the second largest city in Italy. It is the business and financial capital of the country and one of the most important hubs for design and fashion in the world. It is home to a vibrant and international population and has a large offer of cultural attractions and events.

If you want to know more about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano), email:

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