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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student position in theoretical philosophy, Stockholm, SWEDEN

PhD Position in Theoretical Philosophy (ref no SU FV-0690-14), at the 
Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University

The Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, has one vacant PhD 
position in theoretical philosophy. The Department of Philosophy is 
Sweden?s largest philosophy department, and is divided into Theoretical 
Philosophy and Practical Philosophy. It has a thriving research community 
and regularly hosts visiting speakers and conferences. Briefly stated, 
theoretical philosophy includes logic, epistemology, philosophy of 
science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, as well 
as the history of these subdisciplines.

The duration of the position is four years. The expected starting salary 
is 23 700 SEK/month. The position is a proper employment the holder of 
which qualifies for the standard Swedish social benefits, such as 13 
months paid parental leave, child allowance, etc. (see this document for 
more information).

Eligibility To be qualified for doctoral studies in Theoretical Philsophy 
you need a Bachelor?s degree in Philosophy and at least 60 ECTS credits at 
advanced level (which should include a thesis).

Selection The basis of selection is the ability to successfully complete a 
PhD in theoretical philosophy. This ability is assessed primarily on the 
basis of the academic writing specimens submitted and the research plan. 
The depth and scope of previous education is also taken into account.

Assessment criteria are analytical and critical ability, creativity and 
independence. The demonstrated ability to complete academic tasks within 
given time limits is also taken into account. The research plan is 
assessed with regard to relevance, originality and feasibility for 
completion within the four years of the employment. Regard is also taken 
to the availability of suitable supervision and tutoring resources within 
the department

Application The application should include the following documents:

application letter CV copies of diplomas or equivalent documentation of 
eligibility and academic qualifications research plan copies of the 
independent works (essays) you would like to submit for evaluation two 
references other documents that you wish to submit for consideration In 
order to apply for this position we ask you to use the web form of 
Stockholm University. You can find the link to this form in the 
announcement on the web site:

You are welcome to apply until April 15, 2014.

Queries can be sent to the head of department, Staffan Carlshamre, tel +46 
(0)8 16 33 63 (e-mail: