The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department embraces four disciplines: Philosophy, Classical Languages (Greek and Latin), History of Ideas and Art History. The Department is also responsible for the introductory philosophy courses, obligatory for all students attending study programmes at the University of Oslo. The Department has about 140 employees.

PhD Candidate in Philosophy connected to the CSMN:Rational Agency Research Group, University of Oslo

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Philosophy is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.

Job description

The successful applicant should have an interest in issues that fall under the remit of CSMN Rational Agency. This can be in connection with any of the main research themes: Philosophy of Perception, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action, and their connections to general Epistemology and Pragmatism. The PhD fellow should be motivated to be part of an active and integrated research group. 

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research group and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

Qualification requirements

  • A Master's Degree or equivalent in Philosophy. The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent). In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.


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How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)  

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.

Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the “project description” and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Deadline: 31 January 2018

Contact persons:
For questions about the position: 
Professor Olav Gjelsvik or Associate Professor Sebastian Watzl

For questions on how to apply: 
HR-Officer Julie Tøllefsen

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Employer
    University of Oslo
  • Website
  • Municipality
    Oslo
  • Place of service
    IFIKK, University of Oslo
  • Jobbnorge ID
    144983
  • Internal ID
    2017/13502-IFIKK
  • Scope
    Fulltime
  • Duration
    Temporary

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  • Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on jobbnorge.no
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