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OPEN POSITIONS Two Doctoral positions in Logic

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The Logic Group at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science applies formal techniques to questions from philosophy, mathematics, computer science and linguistics. Broad interests in the foundations of mathematics and modal logic are represented. In particular, there is expertise on proof theory, model theory, set theory and theories of truth, as well as on type theory, fixed-point logic and dependence logic. More information about the Logic Group and its activities can be found at https://flov.gu.se/english/research/research-areas/logic

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science seeks to appoint two well-qualified and highly motivated doctoral students in Logic. One position is available on the research project Modal mu-calculus: A study in descriptive complexity lead by Bahareh Afshari funded by the Swedish Research Council. This research project is concerned with the study of the modal mu-calculus, a rich and expressive logic formalizing reasoning on inductive and co-inductive structures and brings together techniques from theoretical computer science (automata, games, tableaux) and mathematical logic (proof theory, in particular circular and non-well-founded proofs). The second position is open to all topics in mathematical, philosophical and computational logic within the expertise of the Logic Group.

 

Subject area

Logic

 

Specific subject description

One position in the mathematical and computational study of fixed-point logics; one position in topics within the expertise of the Logic Group.

 

Job assignments

The successful candidate(s) is expected to devote her or his time to write a doctoral thesis in Logic and the completion of obligatory course work. He or she may, however, also undertake a limited amount of teaching, administration or research not directly connected to the dissertation topic. Such duties extend the position accordingly. The successful candidate applying to the externally funded project position on mu-calculus will be expected to write their doctoral thesis within the subject specific area of fixed-point logic.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in the activities of the Logic Group, such as seminars and workshops. He or she is expected to carry out the vast majority of the research in Gothenburg and to participate in a regular and consistent manner in the department’s other relevant research activities. The working language within the department is English. In addition to salary, there will be funds available for travel and shorter visits to other universities and research institutes.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific 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 Logic also requires:

  1. at least 30 higher education credits in Logic at the advanced level, of which at least 15 higher education credits must be from an independent project, or equivalent.
  2. required language skills in Swedish and English for taking compulsory courses and participating in seminars or similar activities.

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

https://flov.gu.se/english/education/doctoral-studies-third-cycle/general-syllabus

 

Assessment

According to the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programs and on the Department’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 seven quality criteria, of which the final two have the heaviest weighting: Suitable subject definition, relevant questioning, and suitable command of the subject and structuring of the thesis, suitable use of language, formalities, academic quality, and independence.
  2. A project draft no more than 2,500 words in which the applicant stipulates a research domain that he/she would like to develop, justifies its relevance and discusses which theories, methods and materials would be relevant. The project draft 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 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. The project draft also provides supporting information for assessing the Department’s supervisor competency within the research domain stipulated.
  3. Other documents such as letters of recommendation.

Admission and selection are also conditional on the Department’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.

 

Employment

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment

Extent: 100 % for 4 years

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

First day of employment: 2020-09-01, or by agreement

 

Appointment Procedure

Selection, interview and assessment are carried out by a recruitment group at the department. We expect to interview shortlisted candidates via video link on 22 June 2020

 

For further information

Lena Eriksson, Head of Research Education
+46 (0) 31 786 4184
lena.eriksson@theorysc.gu.se

Bahareh Afshari
+46 (0) 31 786 4965
bahareh.afshari@gu.se

 

Unions

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

 

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.

Complementary documents, such as publications/books should be sent in two copies to the following address and marked with reference number. University of Gothenburg, Att: HR Administrator, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.

For the application to be considered complete, it must include:

  1. An introductory letter of 1.000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages). 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 the Logic Group is of interest to you.
  2. A CV, including a list of publications (if applicable).
  3. Theses, degree projects and any publications. These are assessed based on the following seven 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, independence.
  4. A project draft no more than 2,500 words in which the applicant stipulates a research domain that he/she would like to develop, justifies its relevance and discusses which theories, methods and materials would be relevant. The project draft 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 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. The project draft also provides supporting information for assessing the Department’s supervisor competency within the research domain stipulated.
  5. Other documents such as letters of recommendation.

Applications in English are preferred.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 49 000 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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