PhD position in philosophy of physics or science at 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.

The position will be in the area of philosophy of physics or philosophy of science, and applicants must submit a project proposal related to the examination of scientific methodology or epistemology of science with a focus on physics.

Examples of areas of interest:

   – Non-empirical guides to theory construction and assessment
   – Epistemology of computer simulation, and/or analogue experiments
   – Theory-change in physics
   – The heuristic use of scientific modelling
   – Quantum mechanics and quantum gravity

The person appointed will be connected to The Centre of Philosophy and the Sciences
<> (CPS) and will work with Karen Crowther.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with an interest, and preferably a background, in philosophy of science, and it can be an advantage to have some educational background in the natural sciences in addition to philosophy, although this is not a requirement.

More about the position

The appointment is for a duration of 3 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 and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline
   – Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
   – Personal suitability and motivation for the position

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. 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.

We offer
   – Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications
   – A professionally stimulating working environment
   – Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
   – Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include:
   – Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
   – Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
   – Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
   – Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system
   – Documentation of Language requirements (if applicable)
   – Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 – 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions)

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

Educational 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.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system,

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

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

Contact information

For questions about the position: Associate Professor Karen Crowther
For questions about how to apply: HR Officer AndersRykke


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