[SydPhil] Domestic PhD Scholarship in Philosophy at Macquarie University

Karola Stotz karola.stotz at gmail.com
Tue May 6 15:16:37 AEST 2014

 A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship
(MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in
the Department of Philosophy

Project title: Information and self-organisation in living systems, reference
number 2014110

Closing date: 1st June 2014

 Project description:

The PhD project is part of a larger collaborative project on the causal
foundation of biological information funded by the Templeton World Charity
Foundation and jointly hosted by Macquarie University and University of
Sydney. The project aims to develop a conception of biological information
general enough to capture information-processing in gene regulatory
networks, epigenetics, and environmental inputs in development, and to
incorporate the emergence of de novo information from processes of
self-organisation. This unification will vindicate the idea that biological
systems are distinctive amongst physical systems in being informed systems,
without subscribing to a narrow gene-centric view of biological
information. This PhD project will be under the supervision of Dr Karola
Stotz, but the candidate will have access to the whole research team for
additional expertise. It will focus on creation of de novo information in
biological systems through processes of self-organisation. It may also look
at the role of self-organisation in evolutionary processes. It will draw on
recent developments in the philosophical literature on causation and
information, as well as on the literature on self-organisation in
philosophy of science and a range of sciences. The project has the
potential to make a substantial contribution to the philosophical
understanding of self-organising processes and their significance across
the sciences.

The scholarship should preferably be taken up by the second semester 2014

Interested prospective candidates should contact Karola Stotz (
Karola.stotz at mq.edu.au) or Phone: 0450 224 228 for further information.

The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of
Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2
year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results.
Refer to the HDR Entry
for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a
record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research
Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or
peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the
University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship
for more information.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form
and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher
Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR
for further application instructions.Macquarie University will advise the
successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

*Please quote the allocation number on your application*

Karola Stotz
TWCF Fellow
Senior Lecturer
Philosophy Department
Macquarie University
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