PhD position in philosophy of science

The Cognition, Intention, and Action (CoInAct) Research Group and Section for Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invite applications for a 3-year PhD position in philosophy of science (philosophy of psychology/cognitive science) to be filled by 1 December 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Information about CoInAct can be found at

Job content
The PhD student will be part of a project entitled Selection in Cognition funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and headed by Prof Søren Kyllingsbæk and Assoc Prof Thor Grünbaum. Applicants are asked to situate and develop their research plan within the framework of the Selection in Cognition project. For more information about the project, please contact Assoc Prof Thor Grünbaum (

The PhD student will be part of a project team that uses the analytical tools of philosophy of science to assess the claim that absence of proper theorizing is the root cause of low replicability in psychological sciences and to understand the type of theory needed to alleviate the crisis. The PhD project should address the replication crisis and theory crisis in cognitive science from the perspective of philosophy of science. The PhD project should engage with recent philosophy of science and philosophy of confirmation, as well as relevant theoretical, methodological, and empirical studies in psychology. The successful candidate will be working in close cooperation with philosophers as well as cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists associated with the CoInAct Research Group ( and is expected to partake in the activities of CoInAct on a daily basis.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Thor Grünbaum (, for more information about the Selection in Cognition project.

PhD studies consist of research programmes that qualify students for independent and wide-ranging research, development and teaching at international level. The main emphasis is on PhD students organising and conducting their own research project (under supervision). The programme culminates in the submission of a PhD thesis, which the student must defend in public. The programme is prescribed to 180 ECTS points, corresponding to three years of full-time study.

A PhD opens up a range of career opportunities in academia and elsewhere. As well as writing a thesis, PhD students work in active research environments in Denmark and abroad. They contribute to the academic environment, take research training courses and convey the results of their research in teaching, at academic conferences and to the general public.

Qualification requirements
Applicants must have a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent and, as a minimum, have submitted a Master’s thesis for which they have received pre-approval at the time of application.

The qualifications of applicants with non-Danish Master’s degrees will be assessed to ascertain whether they correspond to the Danish level. For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Education and Research:

Applicants must possess skills in written and spoken academic English at a high level. If deemed necessary, the department may request that applicants document their English skills.

All applications must be submitted online, in PDF or Microsoft Word format, via the link “Apply for the position” at the bottom of the page.

The application must include:

1. Project abstract (max.1,200 characters with spaces)

2. Personal statement (max. one page)
In their personal statements, applicants are encouraged to:

  • outline how the PhD project relates to other research activities at the department, including the availability of supervisors
  • describe as clearly as possible their competencies and personal qualifications relevant to the PhD programme.

3. CV
Applications must be accompanied by a CV ( page) and a list of publications, where relevant.

4. Documentation (diplomas and transcripts)
Applicants must upload the following:

  • A copy of their Master’s degree diploma or similar (if this is not available by the application deadline, applicants must document pre-approval of their Master’s thesis) .
  • A copy of their Master’s degree transcript.
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree diploma.
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree transcript.

Applicants with a degree from a university where the working language is not English or one of the Scandinavian languages must submit a translation of their Master’s diploma and/or diploma transcripts approved by the Danish embassy or consulate in the country where the original document was issued. These documents must be translated into English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. An official description of the grading scale (and a diploma supplement where relevant) must also be attached.

5. Project description
Applications must include a detailed project description covering the problem formulation, overall objectives, methodology, design and timetable (max. five pages/12,000 characters, incl. spaces, excl. bibliography). This description should address issues in cognitive science and philosophy of science mentioned above. The PhD project description should be clearly situated within the larger project.

Guidelines and good advice on project descriptions are available here.

Please do not upload or submit recommendations, publications, theses, etc.

Assessment criteria
The following criteria are applied when assessing PhD applications:

  • The quality, originality and feasibility of the PhD project
  • Research qualifications, as reflected in the attached CV and project description
  • Competencies and knowledge of relevant fields of academic research
  • Level (grades obtained) of Bachelor and Master’s studies.

The recruitment process
After the deadline for applications, the Head of Department considers advice from the Appointment Committee and then selects applicants for assessment. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been shortlisted. After this, the Head of Department sets up an expert Assessment Committee to assess the shortlisted applications. The selected applicants will be informed who is serving on the committee. Individual applicants will be offered the opportunity to comment on the committee’s assessment of their application before the appointment is announced.

It is a prerequisite for employment that successful applicants enrol at the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen.

For further information about the structure of the PhD programme, please refer to:

For further information about the guidelines for PhD studies at UCPH, please refer to:

Remuneration and terms of employment
Appointment as a PhD Fellow is subject to the collective bargaining agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

We seek to reflect the breadth and diversity of society and encourage applications irrespective of personal background.

Contact information
For further information about the application procedure, please refer to the University of Copenhagen website:

For further information about the structure and rules of the PhD programme, please e-mail the PhD Administration at Søndre and City Campus, e-mail:

Information about the recruitment process is available from HR South and City Campuses, email:, please refer to case number: 211-1805/24-2H.

If you have any questions about the academic content of the PhD programme, please e-mail the PhD coordinator at the Department of Communication, Nete Nørgaard Kristensen,

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2024, at 23:59 [CEST].

Any applications or additional material submitted after the deadline will not be considered. However, changes may be made to the submitted application right up until the deadline.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 31-08-2024
Employment start: 01-12-2024
Department/Location: Institut for Kommunikation
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