Uppsala universitet, Inst för pedagogik, didaktik och utbildningsstudier

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The Department of Education (EDU) conducts research, offers several third-cycle (doctoral) study programs and first and second levels (bachelor, master) programs within the subjects of curriculum studies, education, and sociology of education. EDU also has extensive educational involvement in programs such as the Teaching program and the Human Resource program. In addition, there are several Master Programs available at EDU. EDU have more than 200 employees of which approximately 140 are teachers/researchers, 40 are doctoral students and 20 are administrators. More information of the departments work is available at www.edu.uu.se

Sociology of Education explores education - in the broad sense of the word - as a social phenomenon. Education is thus related to the overall social structure as well as to social transformations such as globalization processes or changes in professional domains. A focal point for research is the encounter between, on the one hand, the symbolic or material assets held by students and professors or pupils and school teachers and, on the other hand, the prevailing social and cultural order in the education system. Other significant areas of research are the competition between educational institutions and the relations between education and the cultural, economic or political fields. As a discipline Sociology of Education is based on more general traditions in sociology and historical science.

An overview of ongoing research in sociology of education at Uppsala University is found at http://www.edu.uu.se/forskning/utbildningssociologi/. The research is conducted in close relation to the two research units Sociology of Education and Culture (SEC), http://www.skeptron.uu.se/broady/sec/pre.htm, and Uppsala Studies of History and Education (SHED) http://www.edu.uu.se/forskning/ utbildningshistoria/.

The full-time employment will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). Departmental duties (typically teaching and administration) at a level of at most 20% are normally included in the position, in which case the employment period will be extended beyond the four years. PhD students are expected to study full-time and actively participate in the department’s activities.

The PhD student position will be focused on the research in the area of education, migration, and language.

Qualifications: A general eligibility of 240 ECTS credits is required, corresponding to four years’ full- time university studies, or a university degree comprising at least 60 credits at advanced level or equivalent. Previous studies should include 90 credits with direct relevance for with relevance for sociology of education within the disciplinary domain of the humanities and social sciences. An applicant may also be considered qualified if s/he has acquired the corresponding competence in other ways. Language skills in Swedish are not a requirement for employment, but the candidate is expected to learn Swedish. A good command of written and oral English language is required. For further information on the requirements for general and special eligibility for studies in the field of Curriculum Studies see contacts below.

Applications should include: relevant theses (C or D levels, master's theses or equivalent) and other publications that the applicant wishes to invoke, a short CV, a statement of research interests and a draft thesis plan. The draft thesis plan, consisting of five to 10 pages, should briefly address issues relevant to the main research topic. It should further discuss the discipline-related context, previous research on the same research topic, the empirical data needed for the study and its methodology. It should further comprise reflections on the relevance of the thesis project.

All documents submitted with the application must be translated into Swedish or English. If scientific texts that the applicant wishes to invoke are not available in any of these two languages, they may be submitted in French, German Spanish, but without any guarantee that they will be considered in the evaluation of the applications. For university guidelines for third-cycle education see:

http://regler.uu.se/ digitalAssets/626/c_626056-l_1-k_ufv-2006-1973-regulations-regarding-studies-at-the-graduate-level- att-uu.pdf

See also the curriculum regulating third-cycle education in Sociology of Education, including the required qualifications, at

http://www.utbildningsvetenskap.uu.se/digitalAssets/500/c_500224-l_3-k_allmstudpl.utbsoc13.pdf (in Swedish)

The post-graduate training is regulated by the Faculty of Educational Sciences in “Procedures for the Admission to Doctoral Studies”, “Continuation of Employment”, Prolongation of Employment” and “Procedures for the PhD Student’s Individual Study Plan”. For more information see


A doctoral student may be employed for maximum eight years, however the length (or duration) of the employment may not exceed the equivalent to full-time doctoral studies of four years

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.

Starting date: January 15, 2019.

Working hours: 100 %

Type of position: Temporary full-time position

For further information about the position, please contact Director of studies for post-graduate education Emil Bertilsson, emil.bertilsson@edu.uu.se, tel. +46 18 471 2467. Research leader Professor Mikael Börjesson, mikael.borjesson@edu.uu.se, tel. +46 18 471 2396.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than November 30, 2018, UFV-PA 2018/3667.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-01-15
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2018/3667
Union representative
  • Ellena Papaioannou, Seko, 018-471 3315
  • Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST, 018-471 6251
  • Per Sundman, Saco-rådet, 018-471 1485
Published 05.Nov.2018
Last application date 30.Nov.2018 11:59 PM CET

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