KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

At the Division of Philosophy, research is conducted in moral philosophy, science theory, risk philosophy, logic, language philosophy and decision theory. Part of the research is theoretical, but a large part of the research has a clear connection with relevant philosophical issues for society. The department provides courses in philosophy of science, ethics for engineers, philosophy of risk, decision theory and the philosophy of mathematics.

The Department of Philosophy is now looking for a postdoc in science philosophy, who favourable starts in autumn 2019, desirable September 1st. This is a temporary position for one year that may be extended by one more year.

Job description

In the position as a postdoc you will work in the project Towards a Methodology of Modal Modeling. The project investigates how scientists employ modeling in order to justify possibility claims, analyses these practices with concepts from philosophy of science and modal epistemology, and seeks to develop methodological recommendations for these modeling practices. This involves working with team members in Vienna and Stirling as well as with partner scientists from synthetic biology, climate science and the computational social sciences. You will contribute to scientific publications as well as to new grant applications. Your work will include in-depth case studies, philosophical analysis, organization of research activities and dissemination of project results through conference participation and peer-reviewed publications.


You have a PhD in philosophy of science or a related field, with a research focus on some aspect of scientific modeling. A good understanding of climate science modeling is desirable.

The position requires that you master English fluently. We expect you to engage in co-authored publications and that you actively participate in the research activities of the division. You are motivated and structured, have good ability to take your own initiative and to start new tasks. You are communicative and easily cooperate with others, also across disciplinary boundaries.

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The application must contain the following documents in English (except for official documents that can also be in Swedish):

  • Personal letter, detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of doctoral degree
  • List of publications
  • Name and address (including email address) of two or more reference persons.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2019-0349
  • Sanna Dafteke, HR-handläggare, sanna.dafteke@abe.kth.se
Published 19.Feb.2019
Last application date 26.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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