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OPEN POSITIONS Professor of Theory of Science

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the Faculty of Arts 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 programmes 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

Theory of science

Specific subject description

Theory of Science is part of a post-Kuhnian tradition and has a distinct orientation towards empirical study. Research and teaching is primarily focused on epistemological and social aspects of the production and use of scientific knowledge. Differences in epistemological and methodological presuppositions across disciplines and fields of research are accentuated and analyzed, with the humanities and social sciences as well as medical and natural sciences being objects of study. Theories and methods are usually drawn from the field of science and technology studies (STS).

Central questions concern how scientific knowledge is defined in relation to other forms of knowledge; who does research into what and why; how research communities are organized; how scientific controversies are generated and resolved; and classical epistemological questions concerning for example objectivity, rationality, realism and relativism. One important array of questions concerns the significance that expertise, standards, digital technology and various forms of professional practice have for the formation of knowledge in the intersection between academic disciplines, governmentalauthorities, organisations, social movements and other societal actors.

Our teaching includes first- second- and third cycle courses in Theory of Science and on our master’s programme in Evidence-basing, as well as external contributions to teaching within other programmes and for other faculties, such as Teacher Education and the course Theoretical and Historical Perspectives on Science. The primary pedagogical task in external teaching assignments is to offer students unfamiliar with epistemological queries an opportunity to reflect over scientific practice and the role of science in society.

Job assignments

We are looking for a leading researcher with an ability to further develop the successful research carried out in the subject domain at the Department and create an environment for both research and education of high quality. The position is centred around research in the subject area of the post, supervision of doctoral students and teaching at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral level. In the first two years, the assigned work tasks will mainly comprise research activities well as development and leadership of the Department’s research seminar in theory of science. The holder of the position is expected to apply for external research funding and together with subject colleagues develop a research environment of the highest international standard at the Department.

The holder of the position is expected to be physically present at the Department and regularly participate in its operations.

The successful applicant must be ready to carry out assignments requiring Swedish language skills (oral and written) within two years of employment. The University of Gothenburg’s Appointments Procedure for Teachers provides that applicants who lack formal training in teaching and learning in higher education corresponding to at least 15 Swedish higher education credits (equivalent to half a semester of full-time studies), and who are not considered to have acquired equivalent expertise in some other way, must complete such training within one year of employment.


The eligibility criteria for professorships are provided in Ch.4, Sec 3, of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s Appointments Procedure for Teachers. Eligibility requires prior demonstration of both research and teaching expertise as well as a doctoral degree (or equivalent knowledge and skills) in a discipline of relevance to the advertised position.


In the assessment of applicants, primary attention will be given to research expertise. Teaching expertise will be given secondary attention. Prior leadership assignments and documented experience of outreach activities and cooperation with the surrounding community will also be considered an advantage. The eligibility criteria for professorships are provided in Ch.4, Sec 3, of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance and the University of Gothenburg’s Appointments Procedure for Teachers, according to which ‘the applicant should be chosen who, based on an overall assessment of competence and potential for development, is judged to have the best qualities for performing the duties included in the appointment.’

In the assessment of research expertise, attention is given to demonstrated ability to lead and develop research and to acquire research funding from both national and international sources, in addition to prior publications in international scholarly journals.

We see it as important that the holder of the advertised position is able to contribute to the environment both as a scholar and as a teacher and has the personal traits necessary to be able to cooperate with others both internally and externally in order to advance the development of the subject area.

Documented ability to plan, implement, evaluate and develop relevant teaching activities, alone and in cooperation with other teachers, will also be considered an advantage.

In addition to expert review, the assessment process may include trial lectures, interviews and the taking up of references.

Contact information for the position

Fredrik Engström, Head of Department, +46 (0)31 786 6335, fredrik.engstrom@gu.se


Please apply via the University of Gothenburg’s online portal for job opportunities by clicking ‘Apply’. Applications must be designed according to the Faculty of Arts’ instructions. Note that the following documentation must be enclosed with the application:

- Doctoral degree certificate

- Doctoral thesis

- Up to ten scholarly works (full text) that the applicant wishes to be considered

- Any authored textbooks or other teaching material

- An account of prior research- and teaching-related work

- An account of completed academic degrees and prior employment

- Qualifications portfolio I: Research-related qualifications

- Qualifications portfolio II: Teaching-related qualifications

• Qualifications portfolio III: Qualifications related to managerial and administrative tasks

• Qualifications portfolio IV: Qualifications related to outreach activities and cooperation with the surrounding community

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 the University receives it by the closing date.

Publications that cannot be enclosed with the application electronically must be sent in two copies to: University of Gothenburg, Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg. Please write the reference number of the advertised position on any documents not submitted electronically.

Applications should be written in English, as they may be reviewed by international experts.


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

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

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

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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