Doctoral Student in Cognitive Science within the project Social Interaction with Autonomous Artefacts

The Department of Philosophy at Lund University has one PhD position just opened funded buy the WASP-HS project. Ideal candidates should have either a Psychology or Philosophy degree. 


Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Joint Faculties of the Humanities and Theology have eight departments and carries out large and varied work within research and education with the purpose to understand people as cultural and social beings. The faculties have around 700 employees and around 4000 students.

The Department of Philosophy has about 70 employees. Research and education at the department is conducted within three subjects: Cognitive science, Practical philosophy, and Theoretical philosophy. While these subjects to a large extent conduct research and education independently, there are also close collaborations between them. Read about current activities at the department’s webpage.

The PhD position is placed within the multidisciplinary project Social interaction with autonomous artefacts in cognitive science and theoretical philosophy and tied to the Cognitive Robotics Lab and CogComLab. The project aims to develop sustainable, reliable, humane, and inclusive models of interaction between human and artefact within the perspective of embodied and embedded cognition. It examines dynamic and developmental aspects of human-artefact interaction and the underlying mechanisms to clarify the function and influence of such interaction on human behaviour and forms of life.

The PhD project will investigate ecologically, socially, culturally, and existentially sustainable interaction between human and artefact, by combining knowledge and skills in cognitive modelling, philosophy, and cognitive science, and using our humanoid robot platform Epi (

The project is part of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program — Humanities and Society (WASP-HS), financed by the Wallenberg Foundations. WASP-HS aims to realize excellent research and develop competence on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems with a strong investment on research in humanities and social science. See

The PhD position entails participation in WASP-HS Graduate School

Work assignments

Doctoral education. Departmental work can be assigned.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for doctoral studies in each subject are specified in the relevant general syllabus, available at

Additional requirements:

– Background in social robotics or cognitive modelling or in relevant areas of philosophy

– Demonstrated ability to contribute to both cognitive science and theoretical philosophy in agreement with the specialisation of the project

A background in both social robotics or cognitive modelling and in relevant areas of philosophy is particularly meritorious.

Assessment criteria

The selection process will primarily take into account the applicants’ ability to benefit from third cycle studies. This is assessed against the criteria quality, quantity, progression and relevance.

The application must include:

– records of first- and second-cycle studies (Ladok transcript or other transcript of courses and grades)

– first- and second-cycle theses/degree projects

– a list of other relevant administrative and educational qualifications

– scholarly journal articles, reports or papers of relevance for the subject

– where applicable, documented skills in a language of relevance for the research studies

– project proposal (1500 words max. excluding references)

Please note that you need to upload all documents (theses/degree projects, articles, project plan etc.) with your application, in the pdf-format.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

Type of employment                     Temporary position longer than 6 months

First day of employment              1 February 2022

Salary                                                 Monthly salary

Number of positions                      1

Working hours                                100 %

City                                                     Lund

County                                              Skåne län

Country                                             Sweden

Reference number                         PA2021/2897

Contact                                              Kristina Arnrup Thorsbro, Faculty officer,

Ingar Brinck, Project manager,

Christian Balkenius, Responsible Graduate school,

Tobias Hansson Wahlberg, Assistant head of dpmnt,


Union representative     SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64

OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62


Published                              15.Sep.2021

Last application date         15.Oct.2021 11:59 PM CEST


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