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

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and is associated with the project GOODATTENTION.

This position is specifically connected to subproject 1, which studies the function of attention in our cognitive architecture, and what natural norms of attention, if any, may be derived from it (we investigate the biological function of attention both from an etiological and a systemic perspective). See here for some more details about this subproject and its relation to GOODATTENTION as a whole.

The candidate is expected to present a research project closely connected to this subproject. The candidate is expected to have expertise in the philosophy of biology, philosophy of cognitive science, and/or the philosophy of linguistics. Experience with collaborations within cognitive psychology, neuroscience, biology, and/or linguistics will be considered positively.

More about the position

The candidate will be situated in a strong, lively and supportive research environment, both at the GOODATTENTION project itself, the related SalientSolutions project, as well as relevant research groups, such as the Oslo Mind Group, or the Centre for Philosophy and the Sciences.

The applicant is expected to develop a project description, which must be submitted as a part of the application. 

The candidate will have the opportunity also to make use of the international advisory board associated with GOODATTENTION, for research interactions, research visits, or other forms of collaboration.

The position is available for a period of 2 years.

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.


  • PhD in philosophy or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in philosophy of biology, philosophy of psychology or cognitive science, and/or the philosophy of linguistics
  • The candidate’s research project must be closely connected to the GOODATTENTION project
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved. In exceptional cases, we can consider applications from candidates who do not yet have a PhD degree but who are close to completing one. If so, the degree must be awarded by the time the position is taken up.

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

  • The research 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 its contribution to subproject 1 within GOODATTENTION
  • The applicant’s ability to produce philosophical work of high quality
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines, especially with subproject 2 within GOODATTENTION, and cognitive psychology, neuroscience, biology, and/or linguistics

We offer

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed (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
  • An academic writing sample of up to 8000 words

Diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic works may be requested later.

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, jobbnorge.no. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

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

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.

Contact information

For questions about the position:

Associate Professor and PI Sebastian Watzl, e-mail: sebastian.watzl@ifikk.uio.no

For questions about how to apply:

HR Officer Anders Rykke, e-mail: anders.rykke@hf.uio.no

About the University of 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.

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