Postdoc in Philpsophy

Stockholm (SE)
Oct 06, 2020
End of advertisement period
Nov 02, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Postdoc in Philpsophy

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, philosophy of science, logic, decision theory, risk theory and philosophy of public policy. 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 division of philosophy at KTH, Stockholm, invites applications for a Postdoc position (100%), starting during the fall of 2020, or soon thereafter, and for the duration of two years. The post-doctoral researcher will work in the project Boosts vs. Nudges: A mechanism-based framework for assessing the effectiveness and normative acceptability of behavioral interventions for sustainable energy consumption, led by Prof. Till Grüne-Yanoff.

Job description
The project investigates mechanisms of behavioral policies directed at sustainable energy consumption, both through theoretical modelling and experimental research. In the theoretical part, we develop mechanistic models of how various proposed interventions might affect sustainable behavior. In the experimental part, we run qualitative studies on mechanisms and a long-term, large-scale field RCT.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to contribute to the different stages of the project: the theoretical modelling of the interventions, the design and implementation of the experiments, the organization of research activities and the dissemination of project results through conference participation and peerreviewed (including joint) publications. The post-doctoral researcher is expected to work in close cooperation with team members at KTH, Max Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin and University of Helsinki. The researcher is also expected to actively participate in the research activities of the division.

What we offer

  • International workplace
  • A leading technical university that knowledge and expertise for a sustainable future
  • Here you get colleagues with high ambitions in an open, curious and dynamic enviroment
  • Help to relocate and be settle in Sweden and at KTH 

Read more about what it is like to work at KHT  

You have a PhD in cognitive science or in philosophy of science, with a research focus on behavioral policy interventions. The doctoral degree, or an equivalent foreign degree, is obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline. You have experience in designing and running behavioral experiments, and are fluent in English.

You are motivated and structured, have good ability to take your own initiative and to start new tasks. You are independent, communicative and easily cooperate with others, also across disciplinary boundaries.

Further, you have research expertise and have good educational ability. You are aware of diversity and equal treatment issues with a particular focus on gender equality.

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competence and suitability

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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. We reserve the right to contact references only for selected candidates.
  • Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment
The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.

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