PhD Position in Wisdom of the Crowd
Uppsala University Department of Philosophy

PhD student in the project The Wisdom of the Crowd

Published: 2021-01-25

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Philosophy is internationally recognised, with strengths in a number of different areas within philosophy. Some of those areas of particular relevance for this call are ethics, metaethics, epistemology, and philosophy of language, but important research is also conducted in other areas. For more information about the department, see

Duties/Project description: Uppsala University hereby announces a position as a doctoral student in philosophy at the Department of Philosophy. Priority will be given to applicants whose primary research will be in practical philosophy, which includes the study of normative questions (in, e.g., ethics, decision theory, political philosophy, and normative epistemology) and their nature and status (metaethics and metanormativity). The successful applicant will be partly hired within the project “The Wisdom of the Crowd: The Evidential Role of Convergence and Consensus”, which addresses philosophical questions about agreement and disagreement. This includes questions about, e.g., moral disagreement and “debunking” explanations of moral judgments; epistemological questions about agreement, disagreement, and so-called “higher-order evidence”; the possibility of convergence in normative ethics; the political value of disagreement and consensus; and so on. The applicant’s research proposal does not have to address exactly the same questions as the project, but in their application letter the applicant should explain how their planned research relates to the project. For more information about the project, see

The successful applicant will be employed by the department as a PhD candidate (“doktorandanställning”) for 4 years full-time, and as an employee they will be eligible for Swedish social benefits, such as paid parental leave. The starting salary is currently 27 300 SEK (ca. €2,600/month and at present increases to 32,900 SEK (ca. €3,200)/month after the candidate has completed 80% of their research. Doctoral students are expected to engage in their studies full-time and to participate in the activities of the department. The position may include teaching and other assignments. Certain kinds of work for the department, including teaching, qualify the student for an extension of their contract. The position is available from 1 September 2021.

Requirements: Please note that a Master Degree in the Humanities or in the Sciences is required for this position. The main language for academic activities at the Department of Philosophy is English.

Your application should include (a) an application letter; (b) a brief CV, including the names and contact details of one to three referees; (c) a statement outlining your proposed research (4-5 pages); (d) one to two writing samples (for example bachelor’s or master’s thesis or other substantial philosophical work); (e) copies of diplomas or equivalent documentation of eligibility and academic qualifications.

Uppsala University is governed by the general Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (see chapters 5, 8 and 9). Guidelines (in Swedish and English) for doctoral studies at Uppsala University can be found here:

Guidelines (in English) for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Arts specifically are available here:

Guidelines for Third-Cycle Education at the Faculty of Arts,+Faculty+of+Arts,+revised+15+May+2018.pdf/b7affbac-14cc-04c6-9572-1a417259c081

For more information (in Swedish), see also and .

Uppsala University values the qualities that gender balance and diversity bring to the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender, birth background, functionality or life experience.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 01-09-2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Head of department Matti Eklund (

Please submit your application by 1 March 2021, UFV-PA 2021/196.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Philosophy

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/196

Last application date: 2021-03-01

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