Uppsala University, Department of Government

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 45,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Government at Uppsala University provides a vibrant and internationally successful research environment. With approximately 60 faculty members and 40 PhD-students, we are recognized as one of the leading political science departments in the Nordic region.

Duties/Project description: Employed doctoral students must primarily devote their time to their own degree work and dissertation research. Other departmental duties may also be included in the position, such as, teaching or administrative tasks, but at no more than 20%. The duration of employment will be extended for a period corresponding to the time spent on departmental work.

General Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible, applicants must hold an advanced level graduate degree (Master’s degree equivalent or higher), fulfilled course requirements for at least 240 ECTS points, of which, at least 60 ECTS points must have been completed at an advanced level, or otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.

For special eligibility for admission to the doctoral studies program in political science, the applicant is required to have satisfactory results in courses equivalent to 90 ECTS points in political science. Special eligibility is also granted to anyone who has otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.

A requirement for employment as a doctoral student is that the applicant must have been or will be admitted to the department’s doctoral studies program, where the aptitude to successfully complete the PhD program is crucial. Employment of doctoral students and admittance to the doctoral studies program are regulated by the Higher Education Ordinance, and the regulations issued by Uppsala University http://regler.uu.se. The qualification requirements must be met by the application deadline.

Some of the doctoral student positions will be linked to two specific research projects, while the others are open positions. In both cases, the doctoral student, together with the supervisor, independently designs her/his dissertation project during the first year of the program. The project-related dissertations must fit within the framework of the respective project area. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are interested in one of the project-related positions described below.

One or more places in the doctoral program in political science are linked to the project on AI ​​and political communication. The aim of the project is to increase knowledge about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in society, with a focus on political communication, including its visual aspects. The project area is further described here The project is funded by WASP-HS https://wasp-hs.org/and the doctoral students involved with this project will participate in a national graduate school https://wasp-hs.org/graduate-school/.

One of the positions in the doctoral program in political science is linked to the research project The genetics of life course outcomes: Leveraging new methods to advance social-science genomics. The aim of the project is to increase knowledge about how our political and social attitudes and behaviors are formed in the interplay between genetic nature and social nurture. The project area is further describe here.

How to apply: The application must contain the following (more detailed information requirements are provided at the link below:


  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. A brief statement of intent (max 500 words), i.e. the applicant’s motives for applying.
  3. Thesis or research article (or equivalent) in English or Swedish, clearly designated as the primary research writing sample.
  4. Thesis or research article (or equivalent) in English or Swedish, clearly designated as the secondary research writing sample.
  5. At least one of the designated research samples must be single-authored. If the other sample is co-authored, it must be accompanied by a co-author statement.
  6. A self-reflection statement on the applicant’s designated theses or articles where she/he discusses its main strengths and weaknesses (max. 1000 words).
  7. Certified transcripts of academic records (to demonstrate qualification for admission).
  8. Contact information for two academic references (address, email address, and telephone number).

Read more about the PhD Program at the Department of Government and how to apply here https://www.statsvet.uu.se/education/phd-programme/

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/

Salary: According to the local collective bargaining agreement for PhD students.  

Starting date: 01-09-2021 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: The Director of the PhD program, PerOla Öberg, e-mail perola.oberg@statsvet.uu.se

You are welcome to submit your application no later than February 5, 2021. Your complete application must be received by 23:59 (Swedish time), UFV-PA 2020/4465.

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 2021-09-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 7
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/4465
Union representative
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 14.Dec.2020
Last application date 05.Feb.2021 11:59 PM CET

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