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Doctoral position in Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg

[Titel: logo_maxwidth] Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of
Doctoral position in Theory of Science

Ref PAR 2018/1613

The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse
knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and
inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study
programs attract scientists and students from around the world. With new
knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the Faculty
of Arts has about 100 staff members and a student body corresponding to about
350 full-time equivalents. It is home to a large number of national and
international research projects and offers courses and degree programs for
philosophers, logicians, linguists, language technologists, theorists of
science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers. The
Department also arranges doctoral education and development work in its
various academic domains.

Apply by: 2018-12-10

Subject area

Theory of Science

Specific subject description

Theory of Science is part of a post-Kuhnian tradition and has a distinct
orientation towards empirical study. Research and teaching is primarily
focused on epistemological and social aspects of the production and use of
scientific knowledge. Differences in epistemological and methodological
presuppositions across disciplines and fields of research are accentuated and
analyzed, with the humanities and social sciences as well as medical and
natural sciences being objects of study. Theories and methods are usually
drawn from the field of science and technology studies (STS).

Central questions concern how scientific knowledge is defined in relation to
other forms of knowledge; who does research into what and why; how research
communities are organized; how scientific controversies are generated and
resolved; and classical epistemological questions concerning for example
objectivity, rationality, realism and relativism. One important array of
questions concerns the significance that expertise, standards, digital
technology and various forms of professional practice have for the formation
of knowledge in the intersection between academic disciplines, governmental
authorities, organizations, social movements and other societal actors.

Job assignments

The successful candidate's main responsibilities will be to write a doctoral
dissertation in the area mentioned above, and to complete obligatory course
work. He or she may also undertake a limited amount of teaching,
administration or research not directly connected to her or his dissertation
topic. Such duties extend the position accordingly. The candidate is expected
to participate in the department's activities, such as workshops and


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: a second-cycle qualification/degree or at least 240
higher education (HE) credits for courses of which at least 60 HE credits are
awarded in the second-cycle; or equivalent training either in Sweden or

Admission to the third-cycle program in Theory of Science also requires:

30 higher education credits in Theory of Science as a second-cycle subject, at
least 15 of which must be from a degree project or equivalent knowledge,

The type(s) of Swedish and English skills needed to be able to benefit from
compulsory parts of the course and to be able to actively participate in
seminars and similar activities.

For further information about the general and specific requirements please
refer to study syllabus at the following link:


In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from the course or
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:

- Theses, degree projects and any publications. These are assessed based on
the following five quality criteria, of which the final two have the heaviest
weighting: Suitable subject definition, relevant questioning, suitable command
of the subject and structuring of the thesis, suitable use of language,
formalities, academic quality and independence.

- A project draft no more than 2,500 words in which the applicant stipulates
a research domain that he/she would like to develop, justifies its relevance
and discusses which theories, methods and materials would be relevant. The
project draft is assessed on the basis of the following four criteria: whether
the draft displays familiarity with previous and current research within the
field, whether the research questions are viable and grounded in current
research, whether the draft is judged to be realistic, as regards its
implementation at third-cycle level, and whether the draft shows that it is
likely the applicant will make a valuable contribution to research in the
field. The project draft also provides supporting information for assessing
the Department's supervisor competence within the research domain stipulated.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science,

First day of employment: By agreement

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. The employment is for one year. It can be extended
with a maximum of two years at a time. The total employment cannot exceed four
years third cycle education, full time.

Employment Procedure

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 (in
Gothenburg or via video link).

For further information please contact:

Lena Eriksson, Associate head of department, +46-31-786 4184,

Helena Bjrnlind, HR Administrator, Tel: + 46 (0)31-786 4570,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply

In order to apply for a 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 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,

For the application to be considered complete it must include:

1) An introductory letter of 500 words maximum (approx. 1 page). The letter
should consist of four paragraphs in the following order: a) a short
presentation of yourself, b) a short presentation of your merits, c) a short
presentation of the intended research project and d) a short account for why
the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science is of interest
to you.

2) A CV, including a list of publications (if applicable).

3) Master thesis and a maximum of 3 other publications that the candidate want
to submit as proof of merit, such as other theses, or research publications.

4) A description of the intended research project of at most 2500 words
(including abstract, excluding bibliography), indicating the applicant's
research interests and planned focus area of his/her thesis and research, as
well as a plan for its execution.

5) Verified copies of academic transcripts and possibly evidence of other
relevant qualifications, if applicable.

In addition, candidates may submit any other documentation they want to be
considered, such as recommendation letters.

Applications should be written in English.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the
decision of employment has become final.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment
channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors,
recruitment and staffing companies.

Apply by: 2018-12-10

Best regards,

Emelie Seeliger
HR Officer
Dep. of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
University of Gothenburg
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