Phd Fellow in Ethics and Artificial Intelligence University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education Norway

University of Agder has over 1200 employees and 12,000 students. It makes us one of the country's largest jobs. Our employees research, teach and convey knowledge from different disciplines. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a wide range of studies within many fields of work. We are hosting two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad.


We are an open and inclusive university characterized by collaboration culture. UiA aims to further develop education and research at a high international level.


PhD fellow in ethics and artificial intelligence


At the University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education, it is available a temporary 100% position as a PhD fellow in ethics and artificial intelligence for a period of 3 years. The position is linked to the faculty's doctoral program, specialization in religion, ethics, history and society. The place of work is Campus Kristiansand and Grimstad. Appointment 01.08.17. The candidate must have a master's degree or major subject with the grade A or B.


Today we see a very rapid technological development that raises many new ethical issues, both in terms of impacts and future developments. The PhD position is open to projects that explore today's technological development, with a focus on artificial intelligence. How and what should we think of today's development of artificial intelligence? Is it possible to create artificial intelligence that takes independent moral choices? Is it possible to create moral good robots? The ideal candidate has an interdisciplinary background in both philosophy and artificial intelligence, with an intention to work both on a theoretical and a practical / implementable level. Relevant projects may be within machine ethics, robotics, or artificial intelligence, but also more generally within applied ethics, metaetics, or philosophy, within the described limits.


The candidate will work in an ambitious and international research community that offers education in ethics, philosophy and information and communication technology at all levels. The candidate is expected to participate actively on a daily basis in both ethics and philosophy, as well as at the new Center of Artificial Intelligence Research, CAIR, at the University of Agder.


The candidate will be supervised by Professor Einar Duenger Bøhn (Principal Leader, Philosophy) and Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo and Associate Professor Morten Goodwin (Bide Leaders, Artificial Intelligence).


Criteria for appointment as PhD doctorate are stated in the  Regulations on employment conditions for posts as postdoctoral, fellow, academic assistant and specialist candidate . The candidate must apply for admission to the PhD specialization in religion, ethics, history and society. The candidate must master English orally and in writing.


Current candidates will be invited for interview. With the applicant's permission, UiA will also make a referral check before any employment. The state labor force shall as far as possible reflect the diversity of the population. It is a staff policy goal for UiA to achieve a balanced composition. We therefore encourage all qualified individuals to apply regardless of cultural background, gender, age or functional ability.


Admission is made by the Admissions Committee for teaching and research positions at the University of Agder. The person who has been assigned has the rights and duties according to the guidelines that apply to the position at any time. The position is placed in the National Wage Regulatory Wage Plan 17,515, fellow code 1017, kr. 435,000 bto. pr. year. From the salary, statutory deposits are deducted from the National Pension Fund.


The application must be sent electronically, use the link " search position ".


The following documentation must be attached to the electronic application:

  • CV with publication list
  • diploma with grades
  • thesis / master's thesis
  • up to 3 publications / scientific works (in addition to the master's thesis / thesis)
  • project description (max 5 pages)


The applicant is responsible for delivering complete documentation digitally within the application deadline. We note that we can not assess you as an applicant if an application is missing.


In accordance with Section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Public Administration Act, applicants may request not to be listed on the public search list. However, the University may decide to publish the name of the candidate. Applicants will be notified prior to publication.


Application deadline: 31.10.17


Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Einar Duenger Bøhn:

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