Assistant Professor in Theoretical Philosophy

Stockholm University Department of Philosophy


Assistant Professor in Theoretical Philosophy with focus on the Philosophy of Science Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-0852-21


at the Department of Philosophy. Closing date: 3 May 2021.

The Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University is Sweden’s largest philosophy department. The department is home to a very active, friendly, and cooperative community of internationally well-connected researchers, and hosts a large variety of conferences, workshops, colloquia, seminars, and guest researchers every year. Like most major philosophy departments in Sweden, the Stockholm department is divided into two subjects — Practical and Theoretical Philosophy — both of which feature many researchers prominent in their fields. Theoretical Philosophy encompasses philosophy of language, logic, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and the history of philosophy.

Subject/subject description

Assistant Professor in Theoretical Philosophy with focus on the Philosophy of Science

Main responsibilities

Job responsibilities include research, teaching and supervision in theoretical philosophy with a particular focus on the philosophy of science. Teaching will include, apart from any specific topics selected by the appointee, the general philosophy of science and the philosophy of social sciences and humanities. The appointee will actively seek external research funding and may take over some administrative tasks.

Qualification requirements

In order to qualify for employment as an Assistant Professor, the applicant must have demonstrated teaching skills, and has obtained a doctoral degree five years or less before the application deadline. Applicants who invoke deductible time must state in their application reasons, period (stated with date), and extent percent if the deductible time during one or more periods does not amount to full time. 

A general assessment criterion is the ability to work with other people, as well as other general abilities required to perform one’s duties. No preference is given to candidates already competent in Swedish. However, sufficient competence within two years will be required, and the successful candidate will undertake to acquire such competence within the period.

Assessment criteria

In the appointment process, special and equal emphasis will be given to scientific and pedagogical proficiency - especially with regard to the type of teaching mentioned above. Emphasis will also be given to administrative skills (including demonstrated leadership skills) and ability to interact with the surrounding community as well as the ability to inform about research and development work.

Teaching and learning in higher education

Completed training in teaching and learning in higher education worth at least 7,5 credits, or equivalent knowledge, is an advantage.

Additional information

An Assistant Professor is employed until further notice, but no longer than four years. The contract may be extended to a maximum of six years under special circumstances, such as due to sick leave or parental leave.

The Assistant Professor may, on application, be promoted to a permanent position as Associate Professor. Specific criteria for promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor have been adopted by the Faculty of Humanities and can be found at An application for promotion to Associate Professor should be submitted to the faculty at least 12 months before the appointment as Assistant Professor expires.

Stockholm University is an equal opportunities employer. We particularly encourage applications from women and other groups that have been underrepresented.

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


Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Björn Eriksson, telephone: + 46 8 16 44 93,

For questions regarding the application process, please contact administrator Charlotte Fowler, telephone: +46 8 16 29 03,

Union representatives

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


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.

We would appreciate it if your application is written in English. Since it will be examined by international experts, English is the working language.

The University’s rules of employment and instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply! 

Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

Closing date: 03/05/2021


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