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PhD Position in Philosophy – Who are we? project, UCPH, Denmark – Nov 2021

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The Center for Subjectivity Research (CFS), Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) invites applications for a PhD position in philosophy – Denmark, Nov 2021.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Humanities
Department of Communication
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
Copenhagen K,

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Qualification Details

Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent.

Applicants must send pre-approval of their thesis if it’s not completed at the time of the application deadline.

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish that their Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Please read more at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences website:

Communication skillsExcellent communication skills in English are essential and applicants must speak and write academic English. The administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time in the recruitment process, if considered necessary.

Qualification RequirementsThe applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship are evaluated by the applicant’s general educational and academic background.  Grade average, thesis grade, language competencies, publications, and other academic activities will be taken into account.

In addition, the proposed PhD project and study plan will be evaluated with regard to originality, choice of theory and method, disciplinary relevance, and prospects for completion within the required timeframe of 36 months.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to present research activities at the department.

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Project abstract

Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.

Project description

The application must include a detailed project description containing the overall objectives, reflections on the intended PhD project's method and design as well as a timetable. This description should make reference to the Who are We? project mentioned above.The project proposal must not exceed 6 standard pages, corresponding to approx. 12,000 characters (including curriculum, title, punctuation, figures, footnotes and references, but excluding bibliography / bibliography). A substantial breach of this will result in the application being excluded from consideration. Furthermore, please note: Text in additional application documents (e.g. a CV) which could be considered as supplementary text to the project description will be included in the calculation of the characters in the project description.

General guidelines on how to make a research proposal are available here:


Including a list of publications, if available, must be submitted with the application.

Cover letter

Diploma and transcript of records

The following documentation must be submitted:

  • A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)
  • A copy of the applicant's Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree diploma
  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)

If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application. (Do NOT upload recommendations, publications or your Master thesis)

About the Project

The PhD position is part of a 5-year Advanced Grant that is financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and lead by Professor Dan Zahavi. Applicants are asked to situate and develop their research plan within the framework of the larger Who are we? project.

The larger project entitled Who are We? investigates what it means to feel, think, and act as part of a we. Its guiding hypothesis is that a systematic account of the we must be embedded in a more comprehensive investigation of selfhood and social cognition. The project will systematically develop this hypothesis by combining cross-disciplinary theorizing with historical scholarship. In particular, it will draw on seminal contributions from classical phenomenology. In addition to philosophers, the project will also involve social scientists (from social anthropology, sociology, social psychology and political theory).The PhD project should focus on examining the constitution of enduring we-identities. Which factors must be in place to allow for diachronically robust we-formations? What role do narrative practices, collective memory, collective imagination and/or shared rituals play? What is the function of self- and other-stereotyping or typification? Most importantly, what is the role of the third and of processes of exclusion and demarcation of ‘us’ vis-à-vis a ‘they’ or outgroup? In addressing these issues, the PhD project should engage with social phenomenology, recent philosophical literature on collective intentionality and relevant work from sociology and/or social psychology.

The successful candidate will be working in close cooperation with philosophers and other social scientists and is expected to partake in the activities of CFS on a daily basis.

About the Employer: University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Note or Other details

Information about CFS can be found at

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are passed on to assessment or not. Whereafter, the Assessment Committee is appointed by the Dean and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application.Afterwards selected qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Please be advised that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.For further information on the recruitment process please see Copenhagen University’s website:

Read more about the structure of the PhD programme and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD student via this link: more information about the PhD School, click here:

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Contact details

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the director of CFS, Professor Dan Zahavi,, for more information about the Who are we? project.

For any further questions regarding the recruitment process please contact HR employee Dorthea Andersen, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 211-0878/21-2H #1.

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