The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

PhD Research Fellow in Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term appointment as PhD Research Fellow in ethics and artificial intelligence for a period of three years, at the Department of religion, philosophy and history, Faculty of Humanities. The position is located both in Kristiansand and Grimstad, Norway


We are today experiencing a very rapid technological development. This development raises many new ethical questions, with respect to both its consequences and future development. This PhD position is open to all projects exploring ethical aspects with respect to the current technological development, with a focus on artificial intelligence. How and what should we think and do about the current development of artificial intelligence? Is it possible to create a system of artificial intelligence capable of making autonomous moral choices? Is it possible to create morally good robots? The ideal candidate thus has an interdisciplinary background in both philosophy and artificial intelligence, with intensions of working both at a theoretical and a practical/implementational level. Relevant projects might fall under machine ethics, robot ethics, or artificial intelligence, but also more generally under applied ethics, meta-ethics, or philosophy, within the given limits of this description.


The candidate will work in an ambitious and international research environment that offers degrees in ethics, philosophy, and information and communication technology at all levels. It is expected that the candidate will participate actively on a daily basis in both the ethics and philosophy community as well as at the recently opened Center for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR), at the University of Agder.


The candidate will be supervised by professor Einar Duenger Bohn (main supervisor, philosophy), and professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo and associate professor Morten Goodwin (co-supervisors, artificial intelligence).


Further provisions relating to the position as PhD Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the Post of Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident, available for download at:


The PhD Research Fellow must be admitted to the PhD specialisation in Religion, ethics, history and society within three months after the starting date.


A high level of oral and written proficiency in English is required. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT);
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0.


This applies to all applicants from the countries found on the following list:


Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.


The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.


The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, NOK 435.500 gross pr. year). A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


Submit your application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be submitted as attachments to the online application:


•          CV (including list of publications)

•          Certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including

master´s degree

•          Master's thesis

•          Up to 3 scientific publications

•          Project description (maximum 5 pages)


The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete documentation within the deadline. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.


In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


Closing date: 31.10.17


For further information please contact professor Einar Duenger Bøhn:


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    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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