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Doctoral position in Theoretical Philosophy, one or several (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Theoretical philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number PAR 2023/1024
Location Gothenburg, Sweden, Sweden
Job description

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (FLoV) at the Faculty of Humanities has around 100 employees and a teaching volume of about 350 full-year students. It hosts several major international research projects, and educates philosophers, linguists, language technologists, theorists of science, and teachers in philosophy on undergraduate, advanced, and graduate levels.

Like most Swedish philosophy Departments, we distinguish between practical and theoretical philosophy, with courses taught separately and given separate degrees. Theoretical philosophy is usually taken to comprise at least the following subjects: epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. In Gothenburg, most of these areas are represented in the research we do.

Specific subject description

Theoretical philosophy

Theoretical Philosophy examines the nature of mind and (external) reality, our scientific and everyday knowledge of that reality, as well as different ways of representing, and reasoning with, that knowledge in language and thought. Research within Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Gothenburg covers more or less all of these areas.  For more information about our subject, supervisor-capacities, etc., please visit our webpage here, or contact professor Anna-Sofia Maurin (contact details, below). Please note that the research done at this Department is in analytical philosophy.


Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree.    

The successful candidate’s main responsibilities will be to write a doctoral dissertation, and to complete obligatory courses. As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration. Such duties extend the position accordingly.

The successful candidate is expected to spend their time primarily in Gothenburg and to regularly participate in departmental activities, especially the weekly research seminar in theoretical philosophy.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found here, on the university's doctoral student pages.


Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. The employment is Fixed-term, and normally lasts the equivalent of four years full-time third-cycle education. Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years. Apart from his or her own third-cycle education, the successful applicant may also be expected to do service in education, research (unrelated to the thesis) and administration. These types of services are grounds for prolongation over four years. The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100.   

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://web103.reachmee.com/ext/I005/1035/job?site...
Hard deadline October 13, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://web103.reachmee.com/ext/I005/1035/job?site...
Contact name Johan Söderberg
Contact email
Contact phone +46 (0)31-786 36 52
Time created September 19, 2023, 9:11pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date October 13, 2023, 11:59pm CET
Expired on October 15, 2023, 12:46am CET
Last updated December 14, 2023, 3:00pm UTC
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