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KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

At the Division of Philosophy, research is conducted in moral philosophy, science theory, risk philosophy, logic, language philosophy and decision theory. Part of the research is theoretical, but a large part of the research has a clear connection with relevant philosophical issues for society. The department provides courses in philosophy of science, ethics for engineers, philosophy of risk, decision theory and the philosophy of mathematics.

Job description

This position is part of an inter-disciplinary project, where philosophers collaborate with climate scientists. The purpose of the project is to examine how values influence research on climate models, and how these values might influence decision-making in society.

Many philosophers of science argue that choices within the scientific process, for example, choices of methods, models, and parameters, is affected by values, including social and ethical values. Values and choices are critical for how to treat uncertainty, both within the scientific process as well as in the communication of results to stakeholders. The role of values in climate projections is particularly important to understand because many decisions in society depend on climate projections. How do values influence climate models, and in the end climate projections? And what values ought to affect scientists as experts and policy advisors?

The work will be performed in collaboration with the Department of Meteorology at Stockholm University (MISU), the University of Oslo (UiO) in Norway, and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MetNo). Another postdoc in the project with natural science focus will also be recruited for the project, positioned at MISU. The person who gets this position at KTH is expected to be an active driving force in cooperation with the other participants in the project. Thus, the planned work is not a purely theoretical investigation, but the intention is that the collaboration will be used as a detailed case study of how choices, values, and uncertainty interact in the process from science to decision-making in society.


Doctoral degree is a requirement, as well as good English. Applicants should have a strong background in philosophy of science, preferably values in science, have demonstrated the ability to publish in international peer review systems, and be strongly motivated. Previous research on values in science is important. Knowledge about climate science and climate models are also important. As the project involves collaboration with researchers from other disciplines, it is important to have good communication skills. Documented experience of work with researchers from natural science is therefore also important.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number A-2019-0240
  • Sanna Dafteke, HR-handläggare, sanna.dafteke@abe.kth.se
Published 04.Feb.2019
Last application date 11.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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