Uppsala University, Department of History

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of History is a dynamic research environment, with a particular emphasis on early modern history, gender history, global history, digital humanities, history of racism, antisemitism and the Holocaust; see http://www.hist.uu.se. The department has some 80 teachers and researchers, and 800 students. The department also includes the Hugo Valentin Centre.

Duties: The department now announces one fully funded PhD position where the holder will be an active member of the Engaging Vulnerability (EV) research program at Uppsala University.

Successful candidates will pursue their doctoral studies full-time in Uppsala and are expected to participate actively in weekly seminars and workshops, etc. at the department and within the research programme.

The position is a 4-year full-time employment (starting salary is currently 27 300 SEK/month) which qualifies for all Swedish social benefits, such as paid parental leave. The position might also entail teaching and other assignments up to 20% of the full-time position (extending the position proportionally).

EV is a decade-long multidisciplinary research program (2015–2025) financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) with support from the Vice-Chancellor’s strategic funds and the Faculty of Arts at Uppsala University. The goal of the program is to conduct empirical research and develop theoretical perspectives engaging vulnerability as a productive resource rather than as a lack or privation. Currently, research within the program is being carried out in the disciplines of anthropology, ethnology, philosophy, rhetoric, media and communication, comparative literature, design studies, musicology, and history of ideas. Information about the program can be found at http://www.engagingvulnerability.se

The history departments at Uppsala University and Stockholm University collaborate closely, and the PhD programme is to a high degree jointly taught. Consequently, the admittance process is coordinated and representatives of both universities take part in the selection process. Applicants are encouraged to avail themselves of the information concerning the PhD programme on the departments’ websites.


Requirements: To be eligible the applicant must have a Master’s Degree in the humanities or social sciences relevant to research in history. We encourage applicants from all countries to apply. Seminars are in both Swedish and English and some compulsory courses are given in Swedish. For this position within the EV project it is understood that the dissertation is written in English.

Please note that admission to a PhD programme at Uppsala University is highly competitive and that a completed Master’s Degree at the time of application is a prerequisite.

The EV-program opens up for dissertation projects on a very broad range of possible research questions and empirical areas. However, the application must explain clearly how the proposed project can contribute to the overall aims of the EV-program.

Application: Your application can be written in English or Swedish and should include: 1) a brief CV, outlining your academic progress to date; 2) a copy of your MA thesis; 3) a statement (of no more than 6 pages) outlining your proposed research (forskningsplan). This outline should describe your research question, how it is related to the current state of research and its relevance to the EV-programme. The outline should also have a short discussion of possible sources for answering your question and methodological considerations regarding the potential of these sources; 4) an authorized copy of your Master’s degree and course grades (if the degree was taken at a Swedish university, a LADOK extract will suffice); 5) a copy of your BA thesis (if available); 6) an account of how long it took you to complete your MA thesis.


Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 01-09-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Head of Department, Erik Lindberg, tel.+46-18-4711523, e-mail: prefekt@hist.uu.se, or Director of PhD studies, Maria Ågren, tel. +46-18-4711535, e-mail: Maria.Agren@hist.uu.se, or Director of Engaging Vulnerability, Don Kulick, e-mail: Don.Kulick@antro.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 15 April 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1005.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 september 2019
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/1005
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 19.Mar.2020
Last application date 15.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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