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OPEN POSITIONS Doctoral position in Practical Philosophy within the Lund Gothenburg Responsibility Project

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (FLoV) at the University of Gothenburg is looking to hire a fully salaried PhD student attached to the Lund Gothenburg Responsibility Project (LGRP). The project focuses on moral responsibility and free will within action theory, normative ethics, metaethics, and legal philosophy. It is co-located at FLoV and at the Department of Philosophy at Lund University (a 2-hour train ride from Gothenburg), and directed by Professor Paul Russell, a leading figure in the field of free will and moral responsibility. Besides the faculty, postdocs and PhD students associated with the project in Gothenburg and Lund, the project regularly hosts leading visiting researchers in the field. Please see for further information.

FLoV is part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Gothenburg and has about 100 staff members and a student body corresponding to about 350 full-time equivalents. It is home to a large number of national and international research projects and offers courses and degree programs for philosophers, logicians, linguists, language technologists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers. The Department also arranges doctoral education and development work in its various academic domains.


Subject area

Practical philosophy


Specific subject description

The application of philosophical concepts, methods and theories to problems related to free will, agency and moral and legal responsibility.


Job assignments

The successful candidate’s main responsibilities will be to write a doctoral dissertation on a philosophical topic related to free will, agency and/or moral and legal (individual or collective) responsibility, 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.

The candidate will be based in Gothenburg and is expected to participate in LGRP’s activities in both Gothenburg and Lund, as well as other activities at the department (such as workshops and seminars). The working language at the department is English.



To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements

A person meets the general entry requirements under Chapter 7, Section 39 of the Higher Education Ordinance if he or she:

  1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 higher education credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.


Specific entry requirements

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


  1. 30 higher education credits in Practical Philosophy as a second-cycle subject, at least 15 of which must be from a degree project or equivalent knowledge,
  2. the type(s) of Swedish and English skills needed to be able to benefit from compulsory parts of the course 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 programs and on the Department’s and LGRP’s supervisory resources. We will base this assessment primarily on the following:

  1. Theses, degree projects and any publications. These are assessed based on the following five quality criteria, of which the final two have the heaviest weighting: Suitable subject definition, relevant questioning, suitable command of the subject and structuring of the thesis, suitable use of language, formalities, academic quality, and independence.


  1. A project proposal of no more than 2, 500 words. The proposal is assessed on the basis of the following criteria: whether the research displays familiarity with previous and current research, whether the research questions are viable and grounded in current research, whether the proposal 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. The project draft also provides supporting information for assessing the Department’s and the LGRP’s supervisor competence within the research domain stipulated.

Admission and selection are also conditional on the Department’s and LGRP’s supervisory resources within the doctoral student’s research focus. Admission may also include an interview in addition to a review of qualifications submitted. Admission decisions are made by the Head of Department following preparation at the Department.



Type of employment: Fixed-term employment

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg

First day of employment: 2020-01-15 (or as early as possible after this date)

The PhD position is a fully salaried position. This means that the successful candidate will get all the employment-based benefits provided by the Swedish social security system. These include, among other benefits, sickness benefits, a rehabilitation allowance and generous parental-leave insurance.

The total period of employment for the PhD student is four years. If the PhD student does teaching or administrative work for the department during this period, then it is prolonged accordingly. The period of employment is also prolonged accordingly if the PhD student goes on parental leave or on sick leave.


For further information, please contact:

Olle Blomberg, LGRP Senior Researcher,

András Szigeti, LGRP Associate Director,

Lena Eriksson, Head of Postgraduate Studies,

Emelie Seeliger, HR Officer,



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made based on the qualifications registered in the application.

For the application to be considered complete it must include:

  1. Records of first- and second-cycle studies (Ladok transcript or other transcript of courses and grades)
  2. A primary writing sample. This can be a thesis or degree project, or a journal article, report or paper of relevance for the subject.
  3. Theses and degree projects.
  4. Scholarly journal articles, reports or papers of relevance for the subject.
  5. A list of other relevant administrative and educational qualifications.
  6. Where applicable, documented skills in a language of relevance for the research studies.
  7. Project proposal (maximum 2500 words).
  8. Contact details for two references.


Closing date 2019-10-15

 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. 


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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