Lund University, The Faculties of Humanities and Theology, Department of Philosophy

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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 some 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 position is placed within the project Ethics for autonomous systems and AI which is a part of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program on Humanities and society (WASP-HS). The PhD student will participate in the research school within WASP-HS.

The goal of the PhD project is to investigate how trust between a human and a robot can develop as a result of their interaction. A particular focus is on non-verbal cues that reinforce or interfere with the development of trust. A related question is what aspect of a robot that leads to it becoming part of the in-group. The interdisciplinary approach consists of four main parts: 1) An analysis of the psychological and cognitive theories of trust and in-group identification; 2) An analysis of current computational models of trust; 3) Computational modelling of the mechanisms behind trust and in-group identification in humanoid robots, based on cognitive and neuroscientific data; 4) Experimental studies of human-robot and robor-robot interaction where these mechanisms are implemented.

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

Relevant experience from both the technical and the humanistic fields is meriting for the position.

Assessment basis

The selection process will primarily take into account the applicants’ ability to benefit from third cycle studies. This is assessed from 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§.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 17 August
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/287
  • Kristina Arnrup Thorsbro, Faculty officer,
  • Christian Balkenius, Project manager,
  • 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 01.Feb.2020
Last application date 01.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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