PhD Position in Philosophy, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 09 Oct 2017

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Built Environment

PhD Position: KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The Division of Philosophy teaches and performs research and postgraduate education on philosophical aspects of technology and its social applications. Our three most important research areas are philosophy of risk, ethics of technology, and logic and decision theory.

Description of the research area 

The transport sector is facing significant sustainability challenges. Knowledge about how society and various international, national and local market actors reason and interact with one another in creating sustainable transport systems is of key importance in addressing the challenges ahead, in particular those that relate to sustainable development and traffic safety. One key area of research in transport science is how scientific knowledge is used in policy making and how policy, innovation and implementation processes can be fine-tuned to achieve transport policy goals more effectively and efficiently. The advertised position concerns applied philosophical research in the areas of transport policy and traffic safety. It includes theoretical as well as empirical research into how decisions are made by various actors in the transport policy area. The project will generate improved theoretical knowledge about goal-setting and implementation as well as improved knowledge about how values and empirical research results are translated into action in this policy area.


To be eligible for Ph.D. studies a Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required. The candidate should have basic qualifications in philosophy. A suitable disciplinary background is Ethics, Philosophy or Political Science. Applicants with a major in Law, Economics or Communication Science and related disciplines are also welcome to apply. Other relevant qualifications include knowledge of traffic safety work or other safety work, for example, occupational safety work, fire prevention work or patient safety work.

The candidate should have proven abilities to communicate in English, both orally and in writing. The successful candidate should be able to cooperate with other researchers (for example senior researchers and other PhD students) and civil servants.

For Ph.D. studies to be successful, it is necessary to have a well-developed analytical capacity, good communication abilities, ability to work independently, and a high degree of motivation for scientific research.

KTH has the ambition to employ a variety of talent and thus welcomes applicants who will add to the diversity of the university.

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To apply for this position, log into KTH’s recruitment system. The applicant is responsible to ensure that his or her application is complete according to the advertised specifications.

The application must include:

  • Cover letter: a one-page summary of the application
  • Curriculum vitae: a summary (maximum two pages) of your relevant academic, professional, and other achievements and experience
  • Academic qualifications: Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts from previously attended university-level institutions (provide English translations for documents in other languages)
  • Statement of purpose: a document (maximum two pages) stating why you are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree on this topic, giving an account of your academic interests and background
  • Writing samples: a maximum of two writing samples such as publications, reports, and/or dissertations/theses
  • Recommendation letters: a minimum of two recommendation letters

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).


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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment January 1,2018 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to KTH:s PH.D student salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2017-1780
  • Eva Huring, HR-officer, +46 8 790 94 32
  • Karin Edvardsson Björnberg, Associate Professor, +46 8 790 95 96
Published 14.Sep.2017
Last application date 09.Oct.2017 11:59 PM CET

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