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Funded PhD position; in Philosophy of Education; within Doctoral student position in Theory and Philosophy of Education; at University of Oulu; in Finland

Doctoral student position in Theory and Philosophy of Education for the period from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020.

Field and location: The position is located in the research group of Theory and Philosophy of Education (TheorEd). TheorEd is part of the Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education Research Unit at the Faculty of Education and contributes to Understanding Humans in Change, one of the strategic research areas of the University of Oulu in analyzing, criticizing, and developing a theoretical and philosophical understanding of education. To answer the question “how can education promote and orientate humans in change in a sustainable manner”, the TheorEd group focuses particularly on the conditions of the processes of Bildung and growth as central to the development of individuality, productive citizenship and moral agency in contemporary plural and global societies. It approaches these questions especially from the perspectives of philosophical pragmatism and continental philosophy, seeking a dialogue between these traditions. The research group is working together with a wide variety of international and national collaboration partners.

We are looking for a candidate who has a strong background in philosophical research, and whose research interests are related to the themes of the TheorEd research group. Ability to conduct independent scholarly research in English is required. The appointee to the position must hold a higher university degree.

The salary of the appointed researcher will be based on the demand level (levels 2-4) chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (not more than 46.3% of the basic salary level) will be paid based on personal achievement and performance. A separate agreement will be made on the teaching duties connected with the position within the framework of an annual work plan of 1624 hours, with the maximum being 5 % of the annual working hours as per the existing collective agreement. The position is subject to a trial period of 4 months.

The application should include the following documents (in English or Finnish).

Applications, including attachments, should be submitted using the electronic system form by 9thOctober 2017.

  • CV (with education/previous degrees obtained, prior work/research experience, information on received research funding)
  • list of publications
  • research plan for the doctoral dissertation (max 5 pages, dissertation can be an article-based dissertation or a monograph, in English or Finnish)
  • names of 1–2 referees

The assessment of an application is based on the quality of the research plan, scientific merits and other academic qualifications of the applicant, and the significance of the research plan in relation to the research themes of TheorEd. Other things being equal, priority will be given to a candidate whose research focuses on philosophical pragmatism, the philosophy of citizenship education, or the research themes of the GROW project.

Further information: Professor Katariina Holma, 0294 483663, katariina.holma(at)

Deadline: October 09, 2017.

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