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PhD position in Philosophy with specialisation in History of Philosophy

Published: : 2017-10-04

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The Department of Philosophy is internationally renowned, with research strengths in history of philosophy and in ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of law, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of science and aesthetics.

Information about the different areas of research in the department is available here:

Uppsala University hereby declares one position in the philosophy program within specialization in the history of philosophy open for applications. Candidates with diverse backgrounds in history of philosophy are welcomed. Besides eligibility and quality, one assessment criterion will be the fit of the proposed research with research already done at the department. The historical periods studied are especially ancient and medieval philosophy (with some emphasis on Plato and later forms of Platonism). Thematically research revolves around the following broad areas: soul and its activities, moral psychology and ethics, action and agency, self and self-knowledge, dialectic and argumentation, epistemology and theories of rationality, and metaphysics. Information about the history of philosophy in Uppsala is available at

The successful candidates will be employed by the department as PhD candidates (“doktorandanställning”) for 4 years full-time, and as employees they will be eligible for Swedish social benefits, such as paid parental leave. The starting salary is currently 25 600 SEK/month. Doctoral students are expected to engage in their studies full-time, and to participate in the activities of the department. The position might also entail teaching and other assignments, amounting to no more than 20% of full-time employment. The position is available from February 1 2018 (or according to agreement).

Please note that admission for the PhD at Uppsala University is highly competitive and that a Master Degree in the Humanities or Sciences or equivalent at the time of application is a prerequisite for a successful application.

Your application should include (a) a brief CV, outlining your academic progress to date; (b) a statement outlining your proposed research (no longer than 4-5 pages); (c) a copy of your MA thesis (and/or examined theses at other academic levels); (d) copies of diplomas or equivalent documentation of eligibility and academic qualifications; and (e) publications and other relevant documents the applicant wishes to bring to our attention (e.g. writing sample; references).

Uppsala University applies the general Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (see chapters 5, 8 and 9). Guidelines (in Swedish) can be found at and

Information on Admissions Ordinance (in English):

More information (in English) can be found here:

Please note that if the applicant wants to add references to the application, they have to be sent directly, by the referee, to Pauliina Remes

Uppsala University values the qualities that gender balance and diversity bring to the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender, birth background, functionality or life experience. Right now, though, there is a majority of male PhD candidates at the Department of Philosophy. The University and the Department thus seek a more equal gender distribution within this category.

For further information please contact the professor in theoretical philosophy responsible for history of philosophy in Uppsala: Pauliina Remes (

You are welcome to submit your online application no later than 29 October 2017, UFV-PA 2017/3368.

The application must be submitted through the university’s online system for recruitment.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement. 

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

Placement: Department of Philosophy

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed pay

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/3368

Last application date: 2017-10-29

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