PhD position in Philosophy

The Center for Subjectivity Research (CFS), Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a PhD position in philosophy to be filled by September 1, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is fully funded for 3 years.

Information about CFS can be found at https://cfs.ku.dk/

Job content
The successful candidate will be part of a project entitled Who are We? funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and headed by Prof. Dan Zahavi.

The larger project investigates what it means to feel, think, and act as part of a we. Its guiding hypothesis is that a systematic account of the we must be embedded in a more comprehensive investigation of selfhood and social cognition. The project will systematically develop this hypothesis by combining cross-disciplinary theorizing with historical scholarship. In particular, it will draw on seminal contributions from classical phenomenology. In addition to philosophers, the project will also involve social scientists (from social anthropology, sociology, social psychology and political theory).

The specific focus of the PhD project is to investigate the relation between the I and the we. What does the existence of we-experiences tell us about the structure of the first-person singular perspective? What is the relation between personal identity and collective identity? Is selfhood only something that can be achieved as part of a community, is individual selfhood linked constitutively to we-membership, or does the latter on the contrary require some pre-existing form of selfhood? In engaging with these questions, the PhD student will be expected to draw on discussions found in contemporary philosophy of mind and social ontology as well as on contributions found in classical phenomenology (e.g., Husserl, Stein, Scheler, Heidegger, Sartre).

The successful candidate will be working in close cooperation with philosophers and other social scientists and is expected to partake in the activities of CFS on a daily basis.

Information 
For further information regarding the project, please contact the director of CFS, Professor Dan Zahavi, zahavi@hum.ku.dk

Admission requirements 
Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent. Applicants must have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university declaring that you have been awarded the master degree.   

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Please read more at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences website: https://ufm.dk/en 

Excellent communication skills in English is considered essential and applicants must speak and write academic English fluently. The PhD Administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process if this is considered necessary.

Application requirements

Project abstract
Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.

Project description
The application must include a detailed project description containing the overall objectives, reflections on the intended PhD project's method and design as well as a timetable. This description should make reference to the project mentioned above.

The project proposal must not exceed 6 standard pages, corresponding to approx. 12,000 characters (including curriculum, title, punctuation, figures, footnotes and references, but excluding bibliography / bibliography). A substantial breach of this will result in the application being excluded from consideration. Furthermore, please note: Text in additional application documents (e.g. a CV) which could be considered as supplementary text to the project description will be included in the calculation of the characters in the project description.

General guidelines on how to make a research proposal are available here: http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/how-to/application-requirements/project-guidelines/

CV
Including a list of publications, if available, must be submitted with the application.    

Cover letter

Diploma and transcript of records
The following documentation must be submitted:

  • A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)  
  • A copy of the applicant's Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)  
  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree diploma  
  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)  

If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.

(Do NOT upload recommendations, publications or your Master thesis)

The recruitment process 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are passed on to assessment or not. Whereafter, the Assessment Committee is appointed by the Dean and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application.  

Afterwards selected qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Please be advised that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.   

For further information on the recruitment process please see Copenhagen University’s website: http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Enrolment 
Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' PhD School is a precondition for employment as a PhD scholar.

As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete courses totalling approximately 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD programme you must submit a PhD thesis in order to document your research effort.

Read more about the structure of the PhD programme and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD student via this link: http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/what-is-it/

For more information about the PhD School, click here: http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/

Terms of employment 
PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years.  

For further information on employment, please see the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Please read more here: http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/what-is-it/what-does-employment-as-a-phd-scholar-entail/ 

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.   

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR South City, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk. Please refer to ID number 211-0365/20-2H

As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 1 April 2020 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CEST).  

You can alter submitted application in the recruitment system until the application deadline expires. No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.

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Application deadline: 01-04-2020
Employment start: 01-09-2020
Department/Location: Department of Communication

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