Deputy researcher in Practical Philosophy focusing on Sustainable Finance

Ref PAR 2022/1554

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science at the Faculty of Arts has about 100 staff members and a student body corresponding to about 350 full-time equivalents. It is home to a large number of national and international research projects and offers courses and degree programs for philosophers, logicians, linguists, language technologists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers. The Department also arranges doctoral education and development work in its various academic domains.

This advert concerns an employment within the Vinnova-funded research program Sustainable Finance Lab, which is a collaboration between several Swedish universities. The employment will be placed within the Financial Ethics Research Group, which consists of some ten researchers exploring ethical and political issues raised by the financial system. Project leader is Joakim Sandberg, professor of practical philosophy.


Subject area 

Practical philosophy


Subject area description 

Financial ethics is the application of concepts, methods and theories from practical philosophy to critical issues in financial practices and systems. This employment more precisely concerns issues about how financial practices and systems can and ought to contribute to the transition towards a more sustainable society.


Job assignments

The position provides the researcher with an opportunity to solidify and develop his or her scientific skills through conducting research in financial ethics with relevance for sustainable finance. The researcher is expected to spend most of his or her employment on research.  Additional duties, such as teaching and other teaching-related activities, will not exceed 20 %. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with other researchers in the Financial Ethics Research Group and the Sustainable Finance Lab. The researcher is expected to actively participate in group-related seminars, events and other activities. He or she is expected to carry out the vast majority of the research in Gothenburg and to participate in a regular and consistent manner in the department’s other relevant research activities.



Eligible for the position is anyone that holds a master degree in practical philosophy, or equivalent competence from another subject area.



The most important ground for assessment is scientific knowledge and skill of relevance to the research questions and interests of the Financial Ethics Research Group and the Sustainable Finance Lab. Documented PhD-training and related research, as well as experience of interdisciplinary collaboration, is of particular value. Merits are demonstrated by written account of earlier research experience and scientific publications of relevance for the position. Publications can include works “in the pipeline”, i.e. drafts close to be submitted to a scientific journal, or submitted but not yet accepted manuscripts.

The recruitment process may include interviews and contacting references.



Type of employment: Temporary position, 7 months

Extent: 100 %

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

First day of employment: February 1, 2023, or by agreement


Contact information 

Head of the philosophy and philology unit, Susanna Radovic:, Tel +46 31 786 2028

Principal investigator, Professor Joakim Sandberg:, +46 31 786 4571



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How to apply

The following documents should be attached to the application (in pdf):

  1. A certificate of a master or PhD degree relevant for the eligibility criterion.
  2. A very short (max 500 words) description of research interests and earlier experiences of relevance.
  3. A CV listing academic degrees, employments, publications, and other relevant merits.

For more information, see the instructions for Qualifications Portfolio at the Faculty of Arts.

We welcome applications written in English, since a non-Swedish speaking person may be appointed as external expert in the recruitment process.

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Applications must be received by: 2022-12-01


Information for International Applicants 

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