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PhD Scholarship in Political Philosophy/Theory

The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for a three-year PhD
Scholarship in political philosophy/theory on the normative basis for
policies to promote social cohesion in ethnically diverse societies.
Applicants are expected to have strong qualifications in political
philosophy/political theory. The successful applicant will be affiliated
with Centre for Advanced Migration Studies, is expected to work at and be an
active part of the centre, and to take up the position by 1.1.2014.

The position is part of the cross-disciplinary project The Politics of
Social Cohesion, funded the Danish Council for Independent Research and has
Associate Professor of Philosophy, dr.phil. Nils Holtug as the principal
investigator. The chosen candidate will be expected to collaborate
extensively with the other members of the project, including other PhD
students, and to contribute to the common research goals of the project.

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Policies that aim to promote social cohesion in ethnically diverse societies
tend to rely on community conceptions, i.e. ideas about what kinds of bonds
between community members are conducive to social cohesion. For example,
citizenship tests may express expectations about what aspects of the
majority culture immigrants are supposed to adapt to. Community conceptions
may again rely on elements of, e.g., nationalism, active citizenship,
liberalism or multiculturalism. The specific aspects of social cohesion that
the project will focus on are trust and solidarity (support for
redistribution). The successful applicant will be expected to address the
following two research questions:

1)     What are the normative foundations for specific community conceptions
(i.e., how can they be justified in terms of normative ideals of justice)?

2)     What are the conceptual and discursive similarities and differences
between community conceptions promoted in policies in Denmark, Canada,
France and the UK?

For further information, please contact Nils Holtug, nhol@hum.ku.dk.

Application deadline: October 31, 2013.

APPLY ONLINE:
http://phd.humanities.ku.dk/how_to_apply/calls/phd-scholarship-in-political-philosophytheory/

Employment start: January 1, 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application procedure:

Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the
equivalent. Applicants shall have submitted their thesis at the time of
application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In
case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you
must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university that declares
that you have been awarded the master degree.

Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system (you
may find the link in the above call for applications).

The following enclosures to the application must be submitted:

    A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma
    A copy of the applicant's transcript of records
    If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language
than English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation
into either of these languages in your application.
    Documentation of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS test). (You may
find more information below.)
    Curriculum Vitae
    Project proposal (must not exceed 12,000 characters. For further
information see below)

Do not upload ZIP files and do not submit any publications, recommendations
or your Master thesis.

The Faculty will dismiss applications, which do not adhere to the formal
requirements.

Diploma and transcript of records

The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts may be made by or
approved by either:

    a state-authorized translator and interpreter
    the embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was
issued or where the translation was made
    a Danish consulate/embassy

The PhD 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. For more information, click here. 

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed
by The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation in order to
establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree.
Read more at the website of The Danish Agency for Universities and
Internationalisation. 

For Chinese applicants from the People's Republic of China a credential
report from the Accreditation Department under the CDGDC is needed in order
to ensure the authenticity of the submitted documents (degree and
transcripts). China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center
(CDGDC) is an administrative department directly under the Ministry of
Education. See here.

Project proposal requirements 

Please note that the research proposal must not exceed 12,000 characters in
Microsoft Word (including spacing, punctuation, footnotes and references,
title, study plan etc., but excluding bibliography). Please specify the
amount of characters used at the top (left/right) of your research proposal.
Guidelines on how to make a research proposal and information about required
enclosures are available here.

Documentation of proficiency in English

You need to document proficiency in English. For information about the
specific language requirements and applicants who are exempt from these
requirements, please read more on the PhD website. Applicants who have not
submitted documentation of English proficiency (and who are not subject to
the exemptions listed on our website) will be dismissed. Read more about
language requirements here. 

Further information

Employment as a PhD scholar occurs pursuant to the applicable rules of the
Faculty of Humanities, as well as between the Ministry of Finance and the
Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Under this
agreement, the PhD student is obliged - without further remuneration - to
carry out allotted work to an extent corresponding to a total of 840 working
hours in the course of a three-year contract.

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.

For further information on employment terms please see the collective
agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of
Professional Associations (AC) as well the protocol to the agreement
covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (in Danish). Read
more here. 

Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' PhD School is a
precondition for employment as a PhD scholar: For more information about the
PhD School, click here.

Application deadline: October 31, 2013

No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.

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

For any further questions, please contact the PhD administration by e-mail
(phdadmission@hum.ku.dk). If you have specific questions concerning your
submitted PhD application please use the following e-mail address:
jobvacancy@pxs.hum.ku.dk.

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