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PhD student in philosophy (EXPIRED)

Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Umeå University, Sweden

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Organization's reference number AN 2.2.1-73-18
Location Umeå, Västerbotten, Sweden
Start date September 3, 2018
Job description

Umeå University invites applications for a 4-year PhD position in philosophy.  The position is a proper employment, and comes with standard Swedish social benefits.  It can be extended by up to one year by teaching and administrative work. 

Deadline for applications is March 9.

The full ad reads:

The Faculty of Arts at Umeå University develops the Humanities and invests in future Areas of Excellence. The Faculty particularly advances research within Digital Humanities and Global Challenges.

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 conducts teaching and research in Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Philosophy, History, History and Education, History of Science and Ideas, Religious Studies and Theology, and Science, Technology and Environment.

Research Environment
The department offers courses and awards degrees at the undergraduate (first-cycle), advanced (second-cycle), and graduate (third-cycle) level. Research is pursued in such areas as ethics (including applied ethics and meta-ethics), political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. The research is highly internationalized, contributing to the international development of knowledge through peer-reviewed publications in international journals, books from international publishers, and collaborations with researchers nationally and internationally. More information about the research environment is available on the individual researcher’s website.


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
To satisfy the specific requirements for a PhD position in Philosophy, the applicant must have the equivalent of at least 30 ECTS credits at second cycle (Master’s) level, with an independent study of at least 15 ECTS credits.

An overall assessment will be made of applicants’ prospects of successfully completing the programme in the relevant research environment. Applicants are therefore welcome to discuss the design of their research plans with the contact person of the subject (see contact information).

See General Syllabus.

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.

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 26 500 SEK and rises in three steps to 31 000 SEK.

Additional information
PhD students are affiliated with the 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, 3 September 2018. 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.

An application should contain:

  • A transcript from the Ladok student registry, 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. Indicate if you intend to align your project with the profile area The Digital Humanities and/or Global Challenges.

Your application must be registered in Umeå University’s e-recruitment system no later than 9 March 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application!




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 2.2.1-73-18


Monthly salary

Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


090-786 54 31




How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/open-positions/...
Hard deadline March 9, 2018, 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 12, 2018, 9:37am EST
Scheduled expiry date March 9, 2018, 11:59pm CET
Expired on March 11, 2018, 12:46am CET
Last updated May 10, 2018, 3:00pm EST
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