at the Department of Philosophy. Closing date: January 31, 2022.

The Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, has a vacant PhD position in theoretical philosophy. The Department of Philosophy is Sweden’s largest philosophy department, and is divided into Theoretical Philosophy and Practical Philosophy. It has a thriving research community and regularly hosts visiting speakers and conferences. Theoretical philosophy includes epistemology, metaphysics, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, as well as the history of philosophy.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. 

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of theoretical philosophy stipulates that applicants must have at least 30 ECTS credits in theoretical philosophy at the advanced level (including a thesis), or something equivalent.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criterion in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to complete the education.

Those who have not completed their second cycle thesis or degree at the time of application might submit their thesis and proof of completion no later than June 22, 2022.

The selection is made with regard to the following criteria:


1. Education.
Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education. 
2. Scientific production.
Based on a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or other academic papers, the ability of the applicant to benefit from the education is considered in relation to the following assessment criteria:

  • Critical ability
  • Analytical ability
  • Creativity
  • Independence

The assessment should also take into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet his or her previous scientific obligations within given time constraints.  In addition, the scientific progress of the applicant is considered.

The applicant should enclose a research plan, which should cover the research problem and an outline of the research project. The research plan is assessed according to:

  • Relevance
  • Originality
  • Completion within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies)

The ability of the applicant to be collaborative is determined by personal references, certificates or interviews.

Selection process
After the closing date (January 31, 2022), applications submitted will be given a preliminary ranking. Applicants will be notified of their standing in this ranking no later than March 3, 2022.

After the last day for submitting theses and proof of second-cycle degree (June 22, 2022), a final ranking will be established. Applicants will receive notification of admission no later than July 1, 2022.

Also note that the final ranking on which admissions are based might diverge from the preliminary ranking communicated earlier.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Terms of employment
Starting date: September 1, 2022, unless otherwise agreed.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position. 

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact the head of the department Björn Eriksson, telephone: +46 8 16 44 93,

Further information about the PhD program in theoretical philosophy can be obtained from professor Henrik Lagerlund,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. 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. 

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (maximum 8 pages)
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 31/01/2022