PhD Scholarship in Philosophy of Mind / Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Copenhagen Department of Communication
Denmark

PhD scholarship in Philosophy of Mind/Philosophy of Cognitive Neuroscience

The Department of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for one PhD scholarship. The scholarship is fully funded for 3 years and will be filled on 1 January 2021 or as soon as possible after that.

Job content

The 3-year position is funded by the DFF Project grant "The Functional Role of Perception of Movements". The PhD student will be employed to work on the subproject ”The function of sense of agency” and supervised by Associate Professor Thor Grünbaum. The aim of the subproject is to analyse and rationally support assumptions concerning the function of conscious access to motor signals and their role in motor learning in the light of recent philosophy of consciousness and skills. The successful applicant will have formulated a PhD project that fits the general project description of the grant and the current research of Thor Grünbaum.

The PhD student will be part of the research group CoInAct (https://psychology.ku.dk/coinact/) and the Section for Philosophy at the Department of Communication (https://comm.ku.dk/research/philosophy/). The student will be expected to actively participate in regular research group meetings and other research actvities in CoInAct and the Section of Philosophy.

For further information about the position, please contact Thor Grünbaum, tgr@hum.ku.dk

Admission requirements

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: https://ufm.dk/en

Qualification Requirements

The 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.

Communication skills

Excellent 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.

Application requirements

The application must be sent electronically via the link "Search online" at the bottom of the page in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP files may not be used.

Please note that each field in the applicant form can only contain one file of max 20 Mb.

The application must include:

Project abstract

(1,200 characters)

Cover letter

CV  

Please include a complete CV including a list of publications, where relevant.  

Diploma and transcript of records 

Applicants must upload the following documentation:

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

If the master 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.

The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made or approved by a state-authorized translator and interpreter or at the embassy/a Danish consulate/ or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made. 

The administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. Find more information at this page:

https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/european-skills-passport/diploma-supplement

Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate. Read more at this page: http://www.cdgdc.edu.cn/xwyyjsjyxx/aboutus/structure/evaluation/265843.shtml

Please read about admission requirements and application requirements at this page: http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/how-to/application-requirements/  

Applicants can amend their application after submission up until the application deadline.

Project description

Project descriptions should outline the overall objectives, method and design of the project, as well as a schedule for its implementation.

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.

Please adhere to the guidelines at this page:

https://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/how-to/application-requirements/project-guidelines/

Other relevant material

Statements of consent can be submitted with the application. For example, agreement of access to special archives, agreement of exchange at an international university, or a statement of consent from a potential supervisor/ co-supervisor etc. Do not upload or submit recommendations, publications or your Master thesis.

The recruitment process

After the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are shortlisted for assessment or not. An Assessment Committee are appointed and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of this committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application.

Afterwards, a selection of 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 University of Copenhagen’s website: http://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/. 

 Enrolment

As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete PhD courses of a total approximating 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD program, you must submit a PhD thesis.  

Read more about the structure of the PhD program and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD scholar at the Faculty of Humanities via this link: http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/what-is-it/

For more information about the PhD School read more at this page: http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/

Terms of employment

PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years. These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas.

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.   

As an equal opportunity employer the university invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

Contact information

For any further questions regarding the recruitment process please contact HR employee Mette Christensen, e-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number 211-0458/20-2H.

Application deadline

Applicants must submit the application electronically no later than 2 November 2020 at 23.59 (11.59 pm, CET).  

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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Application deadline: 02-11-2020
Employment start: 01-01-2021
Department/Location: Institut for Engelsk, Germansk og Romansk


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