The Faculties of 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 7 600 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 Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have some 700 employees and around 4000 students.

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.

The fellowship is placed at the cognitive zoology group at the sub-department of cognitive science (Department of philosophy). The cognitive zoology group directs two research facilities with ravens and great apes respectively. This allows for comparisons between species with high cognitive complexity and substantial phylogenetic distance. The group conducts successful research on different aspects of memory and planning in non-human animals. The post-doc fellow will focus on one of three areas: (1) Comparisons of cognitive biases in memory and planning among ravens, great apes and humans. (2) Comparisons between ravens and great apes (and possibly humans) in the “memory-for-action”-paradigm, i. e. memory and planning relating to one’s own actions in comparison to events without such a component. (3) Whether ravens and great apes can represent future events as probabilistic and plan for uncertainty.

The position is full-time and primarily involves research. The post-doc fellow is expected to participate in, and contribute to, seminars and other research related activities at the department in general, and at the cognitive zoology group in particular. The position might also include the organizing of workshops. Within the fellowship there might be possibilities for teaching and supervising.

 Qualifications: the candidate must have been awarded a PhD or an equivalent international degree not more than three years before the application deadline. Candidates who completed a PhD over three years ago will only be considered if they can provide certificates of parental leave (or birth certificates of their children), sickness leave, or other reasons for leave, in the application.

 The candidate should have a PhD in cognitive science, psychology, zoology, or the equivalent, with a focus on animal cognition.

 Work on corvids and great apes will be considered as advantageous for the position. As will work on memory or planning in animals or humans. 

The grounds for assessment are research and teaching skills. The main criterion is research skills. 

The assessment will place emphasis on the applicant’s project description. The research project must be possible to complete within the two-year period. A time plan, and the planned format for reporting the results of the project, must therefore be included in the project description. 

The application must include:

- a complete and signed CV, and a certified copy of the PhD degree transcript

- a list of publications, including citations (e.g. ISI or Google Scholar).

- a signed project plan of the research project that the applicant intends to pursue during the fellowship (no more than 3 pages, excluding references)

- two references with contact information 

The project plan is to have the following headings:

• description of the project (issue and summary)

• the applicant’s suitability (expertise and qualifications) for the project

• current employment

• time plan and report format

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 September 2016 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly Salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2016/677
  • prefekt Tomas Persson, +46462220113
  • docent Mathias Osvath , +46462223299
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 07.Apr.2016
Last application date 31.Aug.2016 11:59 PM CET

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