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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy

Deadline: 15.03.2021

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Department embraces four disciplines: Philosophy, Classical Languages (Greek and Latin), History of Ideas and Art History. The Department is also responsible for the introductory philosophy courses, obligatory for all students attending study programmes at the University of Oslo. The Department has about 110 employees.

Infinity and Intensionality: Towards a New Synthesis, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas

Job description

A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is associated with the project "Infinity and Intensionality: Towards a New Synthesis" (project number 314435). The candidate is expected to present a research project closely connected to the main project.

The position is available for a period of 3 years. There is a 10 % component of the position which is devoted to teaching and administrative duties.

More about the position

The main project will undertake an integrated investigation of two clusters of questions, which have so far only been studied in isolation. The first cluster of questions concerns the theory of infinite sets, which is the standard foundation for nearly all of today’s mathematics, but is threatened by paradoxes. The second cluster concerns intensional notion such as propositions, properties, and relations, which are a central concern in linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. Our overarching hypothesis is that real progress can only be made by means of a new synthesis, where the two clusters of questions are tackled in a unified way, thus bringing concepts and theories from each cluster to bear on the other one. More information about the main project is available at this link.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Expected start date: August 2021.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD, or equivalent academic qualification, with a specialization in areas relevant to the project, such as philosophy of mathematics, philosophical or mathematical logic, metaphysics, or foundations of formal semantics.
  • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the main project; Infinity and Intensionality: Towards a New Synthesis
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

Appointment is dependent on the doctoral thesis being approved.

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The postdoctotal project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and to contribute to the research of the project team
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • List of publications
  • Project description (appox. 3 - 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions). The project description must present a feasible progress plan. It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment
  • Up to 2 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered (these can be dissertation chapters)
  • Copies of educational certificates (PhD, MA)
  • A list of three references

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

Given additional funding, the position may be extended.

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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