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PhD Position in Philosophy (EXPIRED)

Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden
Start date August 31, 2020
Job description

This position is a proper employment, which comes with standard Swedish social benefits.

PhD student in Philosophy

The Faculty of Arts at Umeå University develops the Humanities and invests in future Areas of Excellence.

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies invites applications for the doctoral training program in philosophy.

The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-historical-philosophical-and-religious-studies/?languageId=1 conducts teaching and research in Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Philosophy, History, History and Education, History of Science and Ideas, Religious Studies and Theology.

The department offers courses and award degrees in philosophy at the undergraduate (first-cycle), advanced (second-cycle), and graduate (third-cycle) level. The research activity among teachers in the subject is high. Research is pursued in, among other areas, applied ethics, epistemology, metaethics, metaphysics, normative ethics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and political philosophy. A joint research seminar usually meets weekly during semesters. In addition, guest lectures, reading groups, workshops and conferences are organized. The research is highly internationalized and contributes to the advancement of knowledge through peer-reviewed publications in international journals, books from international publishers and national and international collaborations with researchers. More information about the research environment is available on individual researchers’ webpages https://www.umu.se/personal/org/4864cb4234d0bf7c77c65d7f78ffca7ecaf285c7/?avd=fd07f6b0985c3309cf2eb9a689fab86cd30c028a . 


General requirements
To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, the applicant must meet both general and specific eligibility requirements. General requirements: a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field, having completed course requirements worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or in some other way – either in Sweden or abroad – having acquired equivalent knowledge.

Specific requirements
In order to meet the specific eligibility requirements for admission to studies in philosophy at third-cycle level, the applicant must have completed at least 30 credits in philosophy, practical or theoretical philosophy at second-cycle level, with an independent project worth at least 15 credits. Students, who have acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way, either within Sweden or abroad, may be admitted for third-cycle studies after assessment.

See general studyplan https://www.umu.se/globalassets/organisation/fakulteter/humfak/humanistik-fakultet/studieplaner-forskarskolan-eng/studieplanfoutbfilosofi20160211eng.pdf   

Assessment criteria

Applicants are ranked with reference to their capacity to benefit from and complete the program. The assessment is based primarily on prior study results, with particular consideration given to essays, and the quality of the research plan and its relevance for the subject area. The assessment is also based on references and interviews, and possibly additional evaluations of the main candidates.

The degree must be completed at the latest at the end of the application period.

Terms of employment

PhD students will mainly devote themselves to their own education at third-cycle level. Employment as a PhD student will be for the time deemed necessary for the completion of research studies at a normal rate of study, which corresponds to a full-time position for four years. An initial contract of 12 months is extended with up to two years at a time provided that the individual study plan is followed. A PhD student may to a limited extent also work with teaching and administration up to a maximum of 20 percent of full-time. The period of employment may thus be extended up to a maximum of five years. The entry level salary is 27 900 SEK and rises in three steps to 32 300 SEK.

Additional information

PhD students are affiliated with the Faculty of Arts Doctoral College https://www.umu.se/en/faculty-of-arts/education/doctoral-studies/faculty-of-arts-doctoral-college/, coordinated with the PhD training program at the relevant department. The PhD studies begin at the start of the autumn semester, 31 August 2020. The place of work is Umeå University. The PhD students are expected to actively contribute to the research environment.

According to The Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 12 §2, a decision of appointment for a PhD student position may not be appealed.


The application must contain:

  • A transcript from the Ladok student registry, a degree certificate, and/or equivalent attested copies of your academic transcripts proving that general and specific requirements are met
  • Curriculum vitae, including name and contact information of two reference persons
  • Copies of relevant BA and MA theses and other relevant publications
  • Research plan – must not exceed 30 000 characters including spaces – that contains: purpose and research problem, previous research, implementation: that is, method, material and theory, relevance and time plan
  • A letter that states your motivation for undertaking research training leading to a PhD, and that specifies what expertise at the Department is needed for carrying out your research.

Your application must be registered in Umeå University’s e-recruitment system no later than 28 February 2020.

Please note: the Swedish version is the official version of this advertisement. In the case of any differences in information between this and the official version, it is the official version that is the legally correct version of the advertisement for these PhD positions.

We look forward to receiving your application! Admission



Pär Sundström, Professor

+46 90-786 51 63, par.sundstrom@umu.se

Peter Lindström, Director of Doctoral Studies

+46 90-786 62 31, peter.lindstrom@umu.se

Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department

+46 90-786 99 90, jonas.nilsson@umu.se

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1721-19


Monthly salary

Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


090-786 54 31

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/open-positions/...
Hard deadline February 28, 2020, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/open-positions/...
Contact name Pär Sundström
Contact email
Contact phone +46907865163
Time created February 10, 2020, 1:57pm EST
Scheduled expiry date February 28, 2020, 11:59pm CET
Expired on March 1, 2020, 12:46am CET
Last updated April 30, 2020, 3:00pm EST
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