Uppsala University, Department of Government

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.

One of the students admitted to the PhD-program at the Department of Government will be employed by the Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF) which is a multidisciplinary social science resource centre under the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University. This PhD project will be designed in collaboration with supervisors as an independent political science project in connection to research conducted at the institute (www.ibf.uu.se). In other respects, the same conditions apply as for other doctoral student positions. If you are interested in this position, please indicate this in your cover letter. 

Some of the doctoral student positions will be linked to specific research projects, while the others are open positions. In those 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 the project-related position described below.

One position in the doctoral program in political science is linked to the project on Societal security in a divided society – Comparative perspectives on the effects of sociotropic and personal threats in Sweden. The aim of the project is to increase knowledge about how the increase in open and organized violence, and the Covid pandemic, have affected democracy and societal preparedness in Sweden. The project area is further described here. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council. 

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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 (no more than 20%). The duration of employment will be extended for a period corresponding to the time spent on departmental work.

For general eligibility, applicants must hold an advanced level graduate degree (Master’s degree equivalent or higher), have fulfilled course requirements of 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 or otherwise equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad.

The qualification requirements must be met by August 1, 2022. If the applicant does not meet the qualification requirements at the time of application, any potential notification of admittance will be preliminary until eligibility can be proven. No merits apart from general and special eligibility can be submitted after the deadline. The decision about admission will be based on the documentation that is attached to the application and submitted before the deadline.  

We require very good oral and written proficiency in English. Applicants who have not attended an MA-program where the language of instruction has been Swedish or English have to verify English language proficiency by submitting a certificate of results from internationally recognized language tests, such as TOEFL or IELTS. 

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 

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

The application must contain the following:

1. Curriculum Vitae.
2. A brief cover letter (max 500 words) indicating your motives for applying.
3. Examined thesis or accepted research article (or equivalent) in English or Swedish, clearly designated as the primary research writing sample.
4. Examined thesis or accepted research article (or equivalent) in English or Swedish, clearly designated as the secondary research writing sample
5. At least one of the submitted research texts (thesis, article or equivalent) must be single-authored. If a co-authored piece is included, 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).
9. If applicable: Certificate of English language written and oral proficiency from internationally recognized test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants that have attended an MA-program in Swedish or English do not need to submit test scores. 

More detailed information requirements are provided via this link: https://www.statsvet.uu.se/education/phd-programme.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1 September or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral studies.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at Uppsala University.

For further information about the position, please contact: Director of the PhD program, Elin Bjarnegård, elin.bjarnegard@statsvet.uu.se. 

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 23:59 (Swedish time) February 4, 2022, UFV-PA 2021/4165.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-09-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2021/4165
Union representative
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 02.Dec.2021
Last application date 04.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET

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