Postdoctoral Fellow in Practical Philosophy
Stockholm University Department of Philosophy


Postdoctoral Fellow in Practical Philosophy Stockholm


at the Department of Philosophy. Closing date: 21 February 2020.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be attached to the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, which is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and part of the Philosophy Department at Stockholm University. The Stockholm Centre is directed by Professor Helen Frowe, and aims to produce cutting-edge research in the ethics of war and peace, foster international collaboration with scholars, policy-makers and military practitioners, and improve public and policy debates concerning the ethics of war and peace. 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 hosts regular visiting speakers and conferences. Please note that there is no requirement to speak Swedish to hold this post. The Fellow will be expected to undertake research in English.

Main responsibilities
In light of Frowe’s recent promotion to Wallenberg Scholar, the Stockholm Centre is looking to deepen and broaden its research profile, especially with regards to the grounds, scope and nature of the duty to rescue. This includes, for example, work on our duties to refugees fleeing war and natural disaster, our duties in the face of climate change, and the ethics of immigration policy, as well as the ethics of direct and indirect humanitarian intervention. The Stockholm Centre aims to reflect the fact that the best work in moral and political philosophy is informed by research across philosophy, as well as other cognate disciplines. We thus welcome applications from researchers from a range of backgrounds (for example, those working on causation, moral responsibility, rights, collective action, philosophy of action, authority, as well as those already working directly on the duty to rescue, war, climate ethics and immigration). The Fellow will be expected to produce and publish high-quality analytic, philosophical research, disseminate their research via international conferences, and publish in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. To this end, a generous research stipend is attached to the post. 

The Fellow will also undertake administrative work related to the running of the Centre, such as organising conferences and workshops, undertaking editing work and submitting funding applications, and will be expected to attend and participate in the Centre’s various events. They will also be responsible for running the Centre’s website (training can be provided if necessary). They may engage in some teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels, to be agreed with the Philosophy department. 

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country, or be expected to attain such a degree no later than August 2020. Those without doctoral degrees at the time of application should submit a letter from their supervisor confirming the expected date of their viva as part of their application.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their ability to produce high-quality research, as evidenced by publications and / or their doctoral thesis, conference presentations and letters of reference. Priority will be given in the selection process to research potential. However, the post should partly serve to enable the Fellow to secure a permanent or tenure-track position after the Fellowship, and thus some weight will be given to teaching proficiency and administrative skills.

Terms of employment
The duration of the Fellowship is two years, with a possibility of prolongation due to special reasons, such as an absence from work due to illness, parental leave, etc. The start date is negotiable, but will be no later than August 2020. This is a pensionable position, subject to the favourable conditions of standard Swedish social benefits, such as paid parental leave. The Fellow will be expected to reside in Stockholm.

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 Helen Frowe, 

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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Important: Recommendation letters should not be submitted by the applicant.They should be e-mailed directly by the referees. The academic referees should send recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-0155-20 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter, outlining how you would contribute to SCEWP's research and engagement goals
  • CV, detailing degrees and other completed courses, teaching and administrative experience, grants and awards, and a list of publications and works in progress.
  • Research proposal (no more than 1500 words) describing:
    – your previous relevant research
    – the research that you would undertake during the fellowship
  • Copy of PhD diploma, if applicable
  • Writing samples in support of your application (no more than 2 files)

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

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: 21/02/2020



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