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Postdoctoral Researcher, one or several, in Practical philosophy (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of science (FloV), University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Practical philosophy
AOS categories Applied Ethics
AOC Practical philosophy
AOC categories Applied Ethics
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number PAR 2019-243
Location Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Start date September 2019
Job description

The successful applicant will be employed by the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of science (FloV). The department was founded in 2009, and offers teaching and research in theoretical and practical philosophy, linguistics, and theory of science. The department also hosts several big research programs, including The Gothenburg Responsibility Project, CLASP, and Representation & Reality.

The University of Gothenburg hosts a research group in practical philosophy dedicated to financial ethics, that is, ethical and political issues raised by the financial system. The group is funded by the University of Gothenburg, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra). For more information, see https://flov.gu.se/english/research/research-programs/financial-ethics

We are now looking to hire a 2-year post doc to further strengthen the group and its research.

Subject area

Practical philosophy

Subject area description

Financial ethics is the application of concepts, methods and theories from practical philosophy to critical issues in financial practices and systems.

Job assignments

The position provides the postdoctoral fellow with an opportunity to solidify and develop his or her scientific skills through conducting research in financial ethics. The fellow is expected to spend most of his or her employment on research.  Additional duties, such as teaching and other teaching-related activities, will not exceed 20 %. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the rest of the research group, and the fellow is expected to actively participate in group-related seminars, events and other activities. 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.


Eligible for a postdoctoral position are those with a PhD or other foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to PhD. The subject of the doctoral thesis should be in a research area relevant to the subject description above. Since the postdoctoral position is intended to give junior researchers the opportunity to establish themselves in the field, we aim to employ applicants that graduated with PhDs within 3 years of the application deadline.

Please note that qualifications for postdoctoral appointments are described in more detail in Gothenburg University’s Appointments procedure for teachers http://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/digitalAssets/1457/1457517_appointments-procedure-for-teachers.pdf


Most emphasis will be put on research proficiency as it is demonstrated in the applicant’s PhD thesis, other publications and project plan. Emphasis will also be put on a documented ability to cooperate and strong skills in planning and organizing research as well as disseminating research results. Furthermore, we give priority to applicants whose project plan and prior work can strengthen the research group overall. General assessment criteria for teachers are noted in the above Appointments procedure.The recruitment process may include interviews (possibly by video link) and contacting references.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 2 years 

Extent: 100% 

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

First day of employment: 2019-09-01

For further information:

Fredrik Engström, Head of department
+46 (0)31 - 786 6335

Joakim Sandberg, Project leader
+46 (0) 31 - 786 4571


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 on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: University of Gothenburg, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, SWEDEN. Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents. 
Please note that the following documents should be attached to the application (in pdf):

  • Project plan: The applicant must attach a project plan of at most 2500 words to the application, detailing the research that the applicant plans to conduct during his/her time as postdoctoral fellow. This description should also explain how the project contributes to state-of-the-art research on financial ethics.
  • PhD certificate
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Maximum 10 scientific texts (in full text) that the applicant wishes to appeal to
  • List of degrees and employments
  • Contact information for two academics familiar with the research work of the applicant
  • Generally follow the instructions for Qualifications Portfolio at the Faculty of Arts http://hum.gu.se/digitalAssets/1461/1461018_anv-ovriga-larare-sokande-eng.pdf

The applicant is him- or herself responsible for submitting a complete application in line with the call and the directions of the Faculty of Arts as well as for submitting it electronically before the deadline. 

We prefer applications in English since international referees may be used.

Closing date: 2019-04-23

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.


How to apply
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Web address to apply https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job...
Hard deadline April 23, 2019, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job...
Time created March 22, 2019, 2:00pm EST
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