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OPEN POSITIONS Doctoral Studentship position in Practical Philosophy


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Doctoral Studentship position in Practical Philosophy at the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR)

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 48 months Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg First day of employment: 2018-03-01

The department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, FLoV, consists of the subjects linguistics, practical and theoretical philosophy, logic and the philosophy of science. The Department has about 125 employees, with more than 70 researchers, teachers and doctoral (PhD) students. Our undergraduate education covers approximately 1,300 students per year, and we are located in new premises in the centre of Gothenburg. Practical philosophy has a special focus on applied ethics (including financial ethics and bioethics) and moral responsibility, e.g. in the Gothenburg Responsibilty Project (GRP): http://grp.gu.se/


The current position is attached to the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), which is also funding the position. CeCAR is one of six UGOT Challenges centres of excellence, founded by the vice chancellor. It is hosted by the Department of Political Science and headed by Professor Sverker Jagers. The objective of CeCAR is to conduct theoretical, empirical and interdisciplinary research aimed at improving our understanding of what
conditions might facilitate successful coordinated or uncoordinated large-scale collective action. Examples of large-scale collective action problems are environmental problems such as climate change, overfishing, deforestation and fresh water usage, or the problem of antibiotics resistance. For more information about the centre, visit the webpage: www.cecar.gu.se.


Subject area

Practical philosophy


Specific subject description

The application of concepts, methods and theories from practical philosophy to large-scale collective action problems, especially at the global or international level.

Job assignments

We will fund one well-qualified and highly motivated candidate to work on philosophical aspects of collective action problems, as well as problems concerning collective and shared responsibility. It counts as a merit if the candidate has a record of accomplishments in one or more of the following areas: Game theory, political philosophy and philosophy of law (preferably with a global or international orientation), business ethics, collective agency, or issues of collective and shared responsibility.

We are looking for candidates who, in addition to being well anchored in philosophy and interested in working with environmental and other collective action problems, are willing to collaborate with researchers in international law, international politics, and economics. It counts as a merit if the candidate has a background or record of accomplishments in any of these areas.

The successful candidate’s main responsibilities will be to write a doctoral dissertation in the area mentioned above, and to complete obligatory course work. He or she may also undertake a limited amount of teaching, administration or research not directly connected to her or his dissertation topic. Such duties extend the position accordingly.

The candidate is expected to participate in the department’s activities, such as workshops and seminars. He or she is also expected to contribute to the research within CeCAR, and to take active part in the general work of the centre, e.g., by participating in joint meetings, seminars and conferences. The working language within the centre is English. Apart from the salary, CeCAR offer good opportunities for data collection (when relevant), conference participation and international networking. There will be funds available for travel and shorter visits to other universities, as well as support for conducting experiments in the lab or in the field (if relevant).


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements. The general entry requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) programs are: a second-cycle qualification/degree or at least 240 higher education (HE) credits for courses of which at least 60 HE credits are awarded in the second-cycle; or equivalent training either in Sweden or abroad.

Admission to the third-cycle program in Practical Philosophy also requires:

a) at least 30 HE credits in Practical Philosophy as a second-cycle subject, of which at least 15 HE credits must be from an independent project, or equivalent.

b) good reading skills in English and any other languages deemed relevant in order to benefit from international research related to the research task in question.

c) the language skills needed to benefit from Faculty-wide course activities and to be able to actively participate in seminars and similar activities.


For further information about the general and specific requirements please refer to study syllabus at the following link:




According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programmes and on the Department’s supervisory resources. Research potential will be our key selection criterion but skills to work within an interdisciplinary context will also be given weight, as well as the project’s fit with the CeCAR research group overall.


We will base this assessment primarily on the following:

1. Relevant work, such as theses, degree projects, or other publications, which will be assessed in terms of ability to formulate, delimit and analyse research tasks and present research results.

2. A project draft of at most 2 500 words stating the applicant’s research interest(s) and planned focus area of his/her doctoral thesis, as well as which theories, methods and material they are planning to use. The project draft is assessed on the basis of the following four criteria: whether the draft displays familiarity with previous and current research within the field, whether the research questions are viable and grounded in current research, whether the draft is judged to be realistic, as regards its implementation at third-cycle level, and whether the draft shows that it is likely the applicant will make a valuable contribution to research in the field.

3. Other documents, such as academic transcripts and letters of recommendation.

4. The admission procedure may also involve an interview of the applicant.

The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at doctoral level (PhD). The final admission decision will be announced during January 2018, at the latest. Decisions cannot be appealed.

Application procedure

Please register your application electronically under ‘Apply online’. To apply, please use the University of Gothenburg’s online application system. Do not forget to send the documents specified in the system. For the application to be considered complete it must include:

1) An introductory letter of 1.000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages), preferably shorter. The letter should consist of four paragraphs in the following order: a) a short presentation of yourself, b) a short presentation of your merits, c) a short presentation of the intended research project and d) a short account for why the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science and CeCAR is of interest to you.

2) A CV, including a list of publications (if applicable).

3) One thesis. Normally, this would be a master’s thesis, but it could also be a revised version of the thesis, or another paper, article or book chapter for example, or equivalent work. The texts must be submitted in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.

4) A description of the intended research project of at most 2 500 words(including abstract, excluding bibliography), indicating the applicant’s research interests and planned focus area of his/her thesis and research. 5) Verified copies of academic transcripts and possibly evidence of other relevant qualifications, if applicable.

6) Two letters of recommendation, that should be sent directly to Helena Bjärnlind, University of Gothenburg, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenurg. Please mark the letters PAR 2017/1410.

Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent in two copies to the following address and marked with the reference number PAR 2017/1410

University of Gothenburg FLoV

Att: Helena Bjärnlind Box 200 SE-405 30 Gothenburg Sweden

It is for the applicant to make sure that the application is complete. No changes/additions are allowed after the last date of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further information please contact:

Fredrik Engström, head of department +46 31 – 786 6335 fredrik.engstrom@gu.sewww.flov.gu.se

Bengt Brülde, CeCAR’s representative in philosophy +46 31 – 786 4180 bengt.brylde@filosofi.gu.se



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives 

Closing date 2017-12-04

 The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

 Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.





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