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PhD Student in Practical Philosophy (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Practical Philosophy (See Job Description below)
AOS categories Philosophy of Action
Decision Theory
Philosophy of Social Science
Value Theory
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number SU FV-4017-19
Location Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Start date Fall 2020
Job description

The Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University is the largest in Sweden, boasting a lively community of philosophers with a broad range of scholarly interests. The department has a strong international profile: we frequently attract visitors from around the world, regularly invite internationally renowned philosophers to our colloquium, and are involved in several international research networks. In both 2008 and 2014, we were selected as one of the leading research areas in the humanities at Stockholm University. The department’s traditional strengths within practical philosophy, including meta-ethics, normative ethics, applied ethics and the theory of value, have recently been augmented by the addition of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. Several of our faculty members are associated with the Institute for Futures Studies, which hosts research projects of philosophical relevance. More information can be found at www.philosophy.su/english/about-us.

Practical Philosophy
Practical philosophy includes applied ethics, normative ethics, meta-ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of action, philosophy of the social and behavioral sciences (including philosophy of economics), philosophy of religion, aesthetics, philosophy of law, decision theory, game theory, and the history of these sub-disciplines.

Qualification requirements
To be admitted as a PhD student in Practical Philosophy, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits (ECTS). 60 ECTS must be in the second cycle, and 30 of these, including a thesis, must be in practical philosophy. (240 ECTS corresponds to four years of full-time studies.)

Those who have not completed their second cycle thesis or degree at the time of application must submit their thesis and proof of completion no later than June 15, 2020.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The selection is made with regard to the following criteria:


  1. Education. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.
  2. Scientific production. Based on a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or other academic papers, the ability of the applicant to benefit from the education is considered in relation to the following assessment criteria:
  • Critical ability
  • Analytical ability
  • Creativity
  • Independence

The assessment should also take into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet his or her previous scientific obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the scientific progress of the applicant is considered.

Research plan:

The applicant should enclose a research plan, which should cover the research problem and an outline of the research project. The research plan is assessed according to:

  • Relevance
  • Originality
  • Completion within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies)

Ability to collaborate:

The ability of the applicant to be collaborative is determined by personal references, certificates or interviews.

Selection process
After the closing date (January 31, 2020), applications submitted will be given a preliminary ranking. Applicants will be notified of their standing in this ranking no later than March 3, 2020.

After the last day for submitting theses and proof of second-cycle degree (June 15, 2020), a final ranking will be established. Applicants will receive notification of admission no later than July 1, 2020.

Note that decisions cannot be appealed.

Also note that the final ranking on which admissions are based might diverge from the preliminary ranking communicated earlier.

Terms of employment
Starting date: September 1, 2020, unless otherwise agreed.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle program may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The doctoral studentship is a fully salaried position currently starting at SEK 318.000 per annum, raised at 50% and 80% completion of PhD studies, reaching SEK 358.800. It comes with standard employment-based benefits provided by the Swedish social security system, including sickness benefits, a rehabilitation allowance, and generous parental-leave insurance.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. The total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

After successful completion of the PhD program, the employee may apply to the department for 6 months supplementary employment as postdoc for the planning of future research projects.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact the Head of the Department, Professor Björn Eriksson, telephone: +46 8 16 44 93, bjorn.eriksson@philosophy.su.se.

Further information about the PhD program in Practical Philosophy can be obtained from Professor Gunnar Björnsson, gunnar.bjornsson@philosophy.su.se.

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone +46 708 16 26 64, saco@saco.su.se, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone +46 8 16 34 89, alejandra@st.su.se, seko@seko.su.se (SEKO), and PhD student representative, doktorandombud@sus.su.se.

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

In addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (maximum 2.500 words)
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the qualification requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Written work/writing samples (no more than 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://www.su.se/english/about/working-at-su/phd?...
Hard deadline January 31, 2020, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.su.se/english/about/working-at-su/phd?...
Contact name Björn Eriksson
Contact email
Contact phone +46 8 16 44 93
Time created December 3, 2019, 9:58am EST
Scheduled expiry date January 31, 2020, 11:59pm CET
Expired on February 2, 2020, 12:46am CET
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