UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education - Department of Philosophy

PhD Candidate in Political Philosophy

Application deadline: 17.03.2017

Applications shall be marked: 2016/8092


One PhD Candidate position in political philosophy is available at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). The position is affiliated with the research group in political philosophy: Pluralism, Democracy and Justice.


The appointment is a fixed term position for a period of three years.


The purpose of the PhD Research Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation to be defended publicly. The candidate will be affiliated with the Faculty's organised research training, and the academic work must result in a doctoral thesis aiming to obtain the degree of PhD within the period of employment. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.


The successful candidate must meet the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD program, cf. § 6 of UiT PhD regulations. Moreover, the applicant must prove English language proficiency equivalent to the standards of Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, see PhD Regulations UiT.


For further information about the position (and the project), please contact the Head of Department, Kjersti Fjørtoft, tel. +47/77 64 59 15, e-mail kjersti.fjortoft@uit.no or Associate Professor Annamari Vitikainen, tel. +47/77 62 33 30, e-mail annamari.vitikainen@uit.no.



The position is attached to the Department of Philosophy (IFF).


The Department offers obligatory introduction courses in philosophy for all the students at UiT (“Examen Philosophicum” and “Examen Facultatum”) as well as bachelor, master, and PhD programs in philosophy. The staff at the Department includes 21 researchers and lecturers, 2 emeritus professors, 1 adjunct professor, 2 post-doctors, 5 PhD scholars, and 4 administrative employees.


The research and teaching at the Department is spread over the various fields of philosophy, such as history of philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, social philosophy, logic, and philosophy of science. The Department´s main field of activity concerns issues of practical philosophy. There are two research groups, one in Ethics (The Ethics Research Group), the other in Political Philosophy (Pluralism, Democracy and Justice).


The position’s field of research/research project (and other duties)

The PhD position is a part of the research project Globalizing Minority Rights: Cosmopolitanism, Global Institutions, and Cultural Justice (2016-2020) (financed by the Norwegian Research Council), and will be placed within the research group in political philosophy Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice. The more specified PhD project should relate to one or more of the following themes:


1)      Conceptual issues relevant for the understanding of a particular type or types of minorities and/or minority rights in global contexts.

2)      Normative issues relevant for the justification of minority right(s), and/or the role of different actor(s) in global contexts.

3)      Issues relating to the implementation of a particular type or types of minority protections in global contexts.


We are especially interested in projects that discuss the above issue(s) in relation to 1) minorities in the developing world, 2) indigenous peoples, or 3) refugees, although we also welcome projects with other focuses within the thematic issues above.


Qualification requirements

The position requires a Norwegian Master`s degree (or foreign equivalent) in Philosophy or in a neighboring field, with shown competence (intermediate or advanced level) in political philosophy or political theory.

Grade B or better in the Norwegian grading system for the Master’s thesis, is required.


The application must include a research proposal. The working language of the research group is English, and the research proposals are expected to be English.


In addition, the candidate must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.


Personal suitability will be emphasised.


Working conditions

The normal period of employment and the nominal length of the PhD programme are three years. A shorter period of appointment may be decided upon if the applicant has already completed parts of his/her research training programme or if the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like) in such a way that the research training amounts to a total of three years.


Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale

code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from the gross salary.



The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no.


Applications by e-mail are not accepted.


The application must include the following attachments:

  • letter of application
  • project description. Please see further information concerning the template for project description here.
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • diploma and transcript of grades from Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • diploma and transcript of grades from Master’s degree or equivalent
  • diploma supplement for other completed degrees
  • documentation of English language proficiency
  • other relevant certificates
  • list of 2-3 academic referees, including contact details (name, relation to applicant, e-mail address and phone number)
  • list of works that the applicant wants to be taken into consideration. The list of works should contain the following information:
  •     - author(s), title of work
  •     - for articles: the name of the journal and volume, first and last page of the article, year of publication
  •     - for book or other independent publications: publisher, place of print, year of publication, number of pages
  • Master`s Thesis
  • other works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process and a description of these.


All documentation must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language in order to be assessed.


Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted within the stipulated deadline.



The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s Thesis or equivalent
  • other academic works, and
  • project description                                      

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD research. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularisation and experience/education from other types of dissemination.


The best qualified applicants will be selected for interviews. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


General information

Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral  Fellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at UiT and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of postdoktor (post-doctoral research fellow), stipendiat (research fellow), vitenskapelig assistent (research assistant) and spesialistkandidat (resident).


Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


UiT’s HR policy objectives emphasises diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will make the necessary adaptations in order to facilitate for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide to publish the applicant’s name. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


We look forward to receiving your application!




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