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The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (FLoV) at the Faculty of Humanities has around 100 employees and a teaching volume of about 350 full-year students. It hosts several major international research projects, and educates philosophers, linguists, language technologists, theorists of science, and teachers in philosophy on undergraduate, advanced, and graduate levels.
Like most Swedish philosophy Departments, we distinguish between practical and theoretical philosophy, with courses taught separately and given separate degrees. Theoretical philosophy is usually taken to comprise at least the following subjects: epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. In Gothenburg, most of these areas are represented in the research we do.Specific subject description
Theoretical Philosophy examines the nature of mind and (external) reality, our scientific and everyday knowledge of that reality, as well as different ways of representing, and reasoning with, that knowledge in language and thought. Research within Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Gothenburg covers more or less all of these areas. For more information about our subject, supervisor-capacities, etc., please visit our webpage here, or contact professor Anna-Sofia Maurin (contact details, below). Please note that the research done at this Department is in analytical philosophy.Duties
Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree.
The successful candidate's main responsibilities will be to write a doctoral dissertation, and to complete obligatory courses. As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration. Such duties extend the position accordingly.
The successful candidate is expected to spend their time primarily in Gothenburg and to regularly participate in departmental activities, especially the weekly research seminar in theoretical philosophy.
General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found here, on the university's doctoral student pages.Eligibility
To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements. The general entry requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) programs are:
Admission to the third-cycle program in Theoretical Philosophy also requires:
For further information about the general and specific requirements please refer to the study syllabus at our Staff Portal.Assessment criteria
General rules for doctoral positions are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance 1998:80.
In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from the course- and study program shall be taken into account in accordance with Chapter 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. To facilitate the selection process, the applicant must submit:
The written projects (including the project draft) that are included with the application are evaluated based on the following quality criteria:
In addition to the above, the project draft is also evaluated based on:
Admission and selection are also conditional on the Department's supervisory resources. Admission may also include a zoom-interview in addition to a review of qualifications submitted. The final decision is made by the head of department.Employment
Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, Higher Education Ordinance 5th Ch. 7§, cf., 4 years.
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 2024-01-01
Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. The employment is Fixed-term, and normally lasts the equivalent of four years full-time third-cycle education. Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years. Apart from his or her own third-cycle education, the successful applicant may also be expected to do service in education, research (unrelated to the thesis) and administration. These types of services are grounds for prolongation over four years. The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100.
The university follows a local agreement about wage level for doctoral students.Selection process
Selection, interviews and assessment is made by a recruitment group at the department. A list of top-ranked applicants is then presented based on the information provided by the applicants (based on merit, quality of submitted works, quality of research proposal, and availability of qualified supervisors). The top-ranked candidates may be invited to interviews (via Zoom).Contact information
For questions about our third-cycle studies please contact Johan Söderberg, at +46 (0)31-786 36 52 or at [email protected]
For questions about theoretical philosophy in Gothenburg please contact Anna- Sofia Maurin, professor of theoretical philosophy at [email protected].
For questions about the employment procedure, contact HR Officer Cecilia Groglopo at +46 (0)31-786 45 70 or at [email protected]Unions
Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https: // www. gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokandeApplication
In order to apply for a doctoral position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. 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. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Complementary documents, such as publications/books, that cannot be submitted electronically, should be sent in two copies to the following address and marked with reference number. University of Gothenburg, Att: HR Administrator, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.
For the application to be considered complete it must include:
Applications must be received by: 2023-10-13Information for International Applicants
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