Postdoctoral Fellow in Practical Philosophy

Department of Philosophy
Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 4 May 2018

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 traditional strengths of the department, 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. We have a strong international profile, are involved in several international research networks, and were selected in both 2008 and 2014 as one of the leading research areas in the humanities at Stockholm University. We frequently attract visitors from around the world, and regularly invite internationally renowned philosophers to our colloquium. Several of our faculty members are associated with the Institute for Future Studies, which hosts research projects of philosophical relevance. For more information about the department, see

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.

Main responsibilities
The primary duty of the postdoctoral researcher is to conduct research in practical philosophy at Stockholm University. However, the position might involve teaching, supervision of students, and administrative tasks not exceeding 20 % of the workload. Regular attendance at departmental events is expected.

Qualification requirements
To be eligible to apply for the position, the applicant must have received his or her doctoral degree within at most three years before the application deadline. (This date may be adjusted to take into consideration special circumstances, such as parental leave or leaves of absence.) To be eligible for the position, one must have shown sufficient research expertise as well as pedagogical experience and have the personal characteristics required to perform the duties associated with the post well. Proficiency in Swedish is not required.

Assessment criteria
Special weight will be attached to excellence in research, where the most important factor is research quality. Productivity, as well as the ability to independently initiate, plan and develop research will also be taken into account. In addition to research excellence, pedagogical expertise and administrative skills will be relevant to the overall assessment.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2018-09-01 or as per agreement.

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

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Björn Eriksson, telephone: +46 8 16 44 93,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and (SEKO).

Apply for the 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

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications. Personal factors (like parental leave of absence) that might here be of positive relevance to the assessment of the candidate’s merits should be mentioned here.
  • A project description (of at most 5 pages) detailing the research the applicant plans to conduct during his/her time as postdoctoral associate. This description should contain an account of how the project contributes to the international research on the subject.
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Up to 3 writing samples. If several writing samples are included, the applicant should state which writing sample is to be considered primary.

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