Doctoral Research Fellow In Political Philosophy Connected To The Project Political Philosophy Looks To Antarctica University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas Norway

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Doctoral Research Fellow in Political Philosophy connected to the project "Political Philosophy Looks to Antarctica"


A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Political Philosophy is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.


Job description


Global pressure over living and non-living natural resources in Antarctica will mount in the course of the coming decades. Three pressing factors might motivate states to claim exclusive rights to Antarctica: climate change, dwindling natural resources in occupied territories, and the fact that—by virtue of Article IV of the Antarctic Treaty—the question of sovereignty in the White Continent remains unresolved. We are at a unique point in history to influence the ethical dimensions of the decisions that may govern Antarctic claims in the future. What is a fair division of natural resources? Does any nation or group of nations have a privileged territorial claim? How should environmental concerns feature into decisions about territorial rights?


The PhD position is open for projects that investigate the following topics, or related ones, with a view to connecting them to the more specific case of Antarctica and the Antarctic Treaty System:

  • normative theories of territorial rights and sovereignty
  • normative theories of collective self-determination
  • the moral legitimacy of international law and/or its sources
  • the spectrum between realism and idealism in political philosophy, and the methodological questions arising from this
  • theories that explore the relationship between global justice and resource rights
  • normative theories of environmental responsibility and legitimate governance 


The PhD project is part of a three-year research project funded by the Polar Research Programme of the Research Council of Norway: “Political Philosophy Looks to Antarctica: Sovereignty, Resource Rights and Legitimacy in the Antarctic Treaty System”. The main supervisor is Alejandra Mancilla, the project leader. The PhD fellow will be working with an international team of philosophers, political scientists and legal theorists based in Norway, Canada, Chile, Australia, Ireland and the UK.


The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.


The appointment is for a duration of three 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

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in philosophy or other relevant discipline. The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English 
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.


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 436 900 - 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • attractive welfare benefits
  • a professionally stimulating working environment


How to apply


The application must include:

  • cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, academic experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of the applicant’s Master's degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.


When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the “project description” and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.


Formal regulations


Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.


The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.


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


Deadline: September 1st 2017


Contact persons:

For questions about the position:
Associate Professor Alejandra Mancilla

For questions about the recruitment process:
HR-Officer Julie Tøllefsen

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