The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, PhD Fellowship Feminist philosophy
Jun 18, 2020 → Oct 01, 2020
PhD Fellow in Feminist philosophy / Political philosophy, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
Application deadline: 30 September 2020
Apply here: website
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About the position
A PhD position is available at the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.
The position is affiliated with the Feminist Philosophy Research Group (FEMPHIL) and the Pluralism, Democracy and Justice research group (PDJ) in political philosophy.
The central research areas for FEMPHIL are normative analyzes of conditions for gender justice, equality and diversity, as well as critical studies of the development of philosophical theories and concepts.
The PDJ research group focuses on contemporary political philosophy, especially questions relating to the challenges of pluralism, democratic theory, global justice, and migration and integration.
PDJ is a well-established research group with high publication rate and a solid international network available for the PhD candidate. FEMPHIL is a relatively new group, established with the view
of strengthening philosophical research on gender and sexuality. The now hired PhD candidate is expected to participate in both groups.
The main working language of FEMPHIL and PDJ is English.
The daily workplace will be at UiT, campus Tromsø. A 6-12 months stay at a university abroad is encouraged.
The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years.
The fourth year is distrubuted as 25 % each year, and may consist of teaching and other duties for the Faculty.
The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree.
Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.
The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment.
More information can be found here:
The position's field of research
The applicants must hand in a project proposal of 5-10 pages along with their application.
The project is in feminist philosophy and political philosophy and should be at the intersection of these fields.
The research proposal should relate to one or more of the research areas of FEMPHIL and PDJ: democratic theory, migration and integration, and structural injustice.
Relevant research questions may include:
- Normative philosophical analyses of how issues of epistemic injustice relate to democratic theory and/or how they relate to equality of opportunity.
Relevant research topics include questions relating to the gendered nature of the definitions of reasonableness and the public/private division, the ways in which they affect access
to and effective participation in public discourse and decision-making processes, and how structural injustices embedded in epistemic and social practices affect women and/or
sexual minorities’ participation in the wider society.
- Normative philosophical analyses related to the gendered elements of migration and integration, including questions relating to social cohesion and aims and values of successful integration.
Topics of interest include gendered vulnerabilities, e.g. in the context of refugee camps, human trafficking and intersectionally vulnerable minorities (e.g. LGBTQ refugees), as well as the social
constructions of gender and sexuality as they apply, for example, to immigration and integration policies.
For further information about the position, please contact:
Head of Department Tor Ivar Hanstad, email
Professor Kjersti Fjørtoft, email
Associate Professor Annamari Vitikainen, email
• A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
• Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
• Pension scheme through the state pension fund
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The position requires a Master`s degree in Philosophy or equivalent. The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of Political Philosophy/Theory and Feminist Philosophy/Theory.
The position requires admission to the Faculty's PhD programme. Information about requirements is available here ("Fakultet for humaniora..." -> "PhD..." -> "Supplementary regulations...").
Documented knowledge of English as stated here is required.
Emphasis will be put on the candidates potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.
The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:
• Cover letter
• Project proposal of 5-10 pages. Please see template for the project description here ("Fakultet for humaniora" -> "Opptak" -> "Krav til opptakssøknaden" -> "Mal for prosjektbeskrivelse - english".
• Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
• Documentation on English proficiency. This website states how English profiency shall be documented.
• Name and contact information to 2-3 references
• Master thesis
• Any other works that the applicants wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment
All documentation must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language in order to be assessed.
Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted within the deadline. General information
The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.
As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.
A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous
qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.
Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.
UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.
We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant
may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication,
if you have requested non-disclosure.