The ERC project: “Safety, Statistical Standards and Evidence Amalgamation” (GA 693276 2015-2020) headed by Prof. Barbara Osimani, is hosted at the Polytechnic University of the Marche (Ancona), and at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP). The two main research strands carried out within the project are: 1) development of a theoretical framework for the purpose of causal assessment through evidence amalgamation from multiple and heterogeneous sources and methods (e.g. case series, clinical trials, epidemiologic studies, animal studies, causal discovery through machine learning techniques, modeling and simulation, molecular and systems biology, etc.). This work is increasingly being developed in collaboration with Drug Agencies across Europe, as well as with other cutting-edge research groups in the field such as the EBM+ group and the CauseHealth project; 2) Foundational analysis of current statistical approaches and development of a formal epistemology of medicine for the purpose of integrating social (regulatory constraints, financial and reputational incentives, structural economic constraints) and epistemic dimensions in the analysis of current issues in causal/statistical inference in medicine (reliability and bias, reproducibility crisis, debate on EBM standards, funding allocation, medical/pharmacological scientific ecosystem).

Both research strands are carried out at both institutions, and we are now looking for one PhD and one Postdoc fellow to be employed within the project at the Polytechnich University of Ancona, from 1st November 2017.

Deadline: October 15, 2017
Starting date: November 1, 2017

Candidates are expected to conduct research on the above-mentioned research project. A background in at least one of the following fields would be helpful: (formal) epistemology, (philosophy of) statistics, general philosophy of science (esp. causality), medical methodology, epidemiology, mathematical modeling, machine learning and systems biology. Applications from medical doctors, pharmacologists and epidemiologists/statisticians with expertise in methodological and epistemological issues are also welcome. The positions are for three years. The appointments will be made within the Italian Salary Scheme for Research Fellows (depending on expertise and publication record, the PhD candidate will receive an annual salary ranging from 20,000 to 22,000 Euros, and the Postdoc from 30,000 to 35,000 plus benefits and complete expense reimbursements for travels, conferences and visiting exchanges).

The starting date is November 1, 2017, but a later starting date is also possible. (Please let us know if you wish to start at a later date.). There is no obligation to teach, but the successful candidate is expected to take on some management tasks. The Postdoc candidate will have a PhD by October 30, 2017.

Applications (including a cover letter that addresses, amongst others, one's academic background and research interests, a CV, a list of publications, a list of taught courses, a sample of written work of no more than 5000 words (in English), a description of planned research projects of 1000-1500 words, should be sent by email (ideally everything requested in one PDF document up to 5 MB) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 15, 2015. Hard copy applications are not accepted.

Contact for informal inquiries: Prof. Barbara Osimani (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).