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The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science is part of the Faculty of Arts, and employs over a hundred members of staff. The department hosts several large national and international research projects and educate philosophers, logicians, general linguists, computational linguists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers.


Subject area

Theory of Science


Subject area description

Teaching and research within the subject area theory of science, focus in particular on the social, political, historical and cultural aspects of science, drawing on theories and methods from science and technology studies (STS) within a broadly post-Kuhnian approach. Central questions concern what is meant by concepts such as scientific knowledge and what significance expertise, standards and different practices have for knowledge production and research at the intersection of society, individuals and institutions; who does research into what and why; how scientific communities are organised and how scientific controversies are generated; and classical epistemological questions around for example objectivity, rationality, realism and relativism.

Our teaching includes undergraduate (first- and second-cycle) courses, as well as external contributions to teaching within other programmes and for other faculties. In relation to external teaching contributions, the candidate must be able to support students who may not be familiar with debates about the epistemology and questions of the social aspects of science and research.


Job assignments

Duties will include teaching in Master in evidence-basing: practice, theory, context (60/120 HEC), in Theoretical and historical perspectives on science, 7.5 HEC, Masters program for communication officers in the public sector (60/120 HEC), in courses within the teacher education programmes for pre-school, primary and secondary school regarding how scientific working methods and approaches are used in the school system. In all of these programmes teaching is in Swedish. Teaching within first and second cycle courses in Theory of Science may also be included in the duties.

The assignments within the teacher education programmes and the Masters programme for communication officers in the public sector are performed in cooperation with other departments.



The qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Candidates must have completed their doctoral degree and have pedagogical experiences and skills.



Teaching and research skills will be equally weighted in the assessment of candidates suitability. Administrative experience is considered an advantage. Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for academic positions are given in Chapter 4, Section 3 - 4 of the Higher Education Ordinance and the appointments procedure of the University of Gothenburg.

For a position as teacher the applicant should be chosen whom, -after an overall assessment of skills and development potential, is judged most suitable to carry out the tasks involved in the position-. Proven ability in planning, performing, evaluating and developing, both independently and in cooperation with others, relevant teaching, including supervision is an advantage, as is documented ability to develop and deploy innovative teaching methods.

A good publication track record, credentials in the form of successful research grant applications, and a documented ability to engage in public outreach activities will be considered an advantage when assessing candidates’ scientific skills. We are looking for a candidate who can contribute to our subject area both academically and pedagogically, and who has the personal qualities required to collaborate both with a small team and more widely within the university in order to support the development of the department.



Type of employment: Permanent position

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg

First day of employment: On agreement. Probationary employment.


For further information:

Fredrik Engström, Head of department, +46(0)31-786 6335, 

Frågor om anställningsförfarandet kan ställas till personaladministratör Jennifer Stråle,



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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.

The application should be designed in accordance with the instructions for qualifications portfolios at the Faculty of Arts:

Please note that the following documents should be attached to the application:

  • Doctoral Degree certificate
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Any study materials
  • The full text of a maximum of 10 scientific articles that the applicant particularly wishes to cite
  • Description of scientific and educational work
  • List of higher education qualifications and employment
  • Qualifications Portfolio I: Scientific qualifications
  • Qualifications Portfolio II: Teaching qualifications
  • Qualifications Portfolio III: Management and administrative experience
  • Qualifications Portfolio IV: Experience in cooperation with the local community

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: University of Gothenburg, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, SWEDEN. Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

We prefer applications written in English, since a person with international expertise may be appointed as external assessor.


Closing date: 2021-04-29


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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