Lund University, Humanities and Theology, Department of Philosophy

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Department of Philosophy has about 70 employees. Research and education at the department is conducted within three subjects: Cognitive science, Practical philosophy and Theoretical philosophy. While these subjects to a large extent conduct research and education independently, there are also close collaborations between them. Read about current activities at the department’s webpage.

Lund University hereby invites applications for a two-year postdoc in Practical Philosophy based within the “Lund Gothenburg Responsibility Project” at the Department of Philosophy.

Ref no: PA 2018/677

Starting date: 1 September 2018, or by agreement

For information about the post, please contact head of department Tomas Persson (+46 46 222 01 13; or project coordinator András Szigeti (+46 721 63 34 19;

For information on the terms of employment and salary, please contact human resources manager Lena Kandefelt (+46 46 222 7224;

The Lund Gothenburg Responsibility Project (LGRP) is a 10-year project (ending in 2025), directed by Professor Paul Russell. The project is based at the universities of Lund and Gothenburg, and in Lund at the Department of Philosophy. LGRP engages postdocs, doctoral students and prominent visiting researchers, and hosts conferences, workshops and other research activities. LGRP’s ambition is to become a leading research centre within its field.

LGRP conducts research on moral responsibility and free will within the areas of action theory, normative ethics, metaethics and legal responsibility. For more information about LGRP, please visit

The postdoc is to participate in, and contribute to, the research environment, including by actively participating in research seminars and other ongoing research activities in the subject and project, and thereby stimulate the theoretical discussion on the themes of the project, contribute with their own studies in the field, and help initiate new research ideas and projects. The postdoc will be expected to conduct their research primarily at their workplace in Lund. Teaching, supervision and other tasks related to teaching may be included within the scope of the position but at no more than 20% of the total number of working hours.

To be eligible for appointment as a postdoc, the person must have obtained a PhD, or an equivalent international degree, no more than three years prior to the application deadline. If the degree is more than three years old, the applicant must submit a certificate of parental leave, leave due to illness etc. together with their application. The person is also required to have documented proficiency in English.

The assessment criteria include a sound ability to develop and conduct research of good quality, as well as teaching skills. In the appointment of a postdoc, major emphasis is placed on the applicant’s research ability. To enable the assessment of qualifications, applicants are to submit a plan of the research they intend to conduct within the scope of their appointment. Only applicants whose research plan and previous work could strengthen the research team and the project as a whole will be considered for the position of postdoc.

Priority will be given to applicants with an academic background in the research area of the project, that is, in fundamental and analytical questions regarding moral responsibility and free will (broadly conceived).

  The application must include the following:

- A signed complete CV and certified copy of a doctoral degree

- List of publications (including ISBN and ISSN numbers)

- Signed research plan of no more than 1 500 words (excluding list of references) of the research project the applicant intends to conduct during the period of employment

 The research plan is to contain the following:

• Project description (issue and summary)

• Theory and method

• The project’s relation to leading international research

• Key international research within the field

• The applicant’s expertise and qualifications with regard to the project

• Time plan and expected project results

NB! The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete, in accordance with the instructions above, as well as for scanning the application (as one PDF file) and submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal.


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 September, 2018 or by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/677
  • Tomas Persson, head of the department, +46 46 2220113
  • András Szigeti, project coordinator, +46 721 63 34 19
  • Lena Kandefelt, HR manager, +46 46 2227224
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46 46-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46 46-222 93 64
Published 08.Mar.2018
Last application date 29.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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