Uppsala universitet,

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. The department hosts a dynamic research milieu and is internationally oriented. Currently approx. 90 persons are employed at the Department and some 300-400 students from around the world are enrolled every academic year. For more information, visit our website at http://www.pcr.uu.se.

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We are seeking to fill:

  • One general PhD position in peace and conflict research
    The applicant shall submit a project plan with a proposed PhD theme related to peace and conflict research

  • One PhD position with a focus on international water cooperation, natural disasters and/or climate change. The PhD candidate will be part of the Research School on International Water Cooperation as well as the Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS). The PhD position will be placed at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR). The successful candidate is expected to participate in and contribute to the research milieus at DPCR, the International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC) and CNDS.

    The overarching purpose of the Research School of the UNESCO Category II International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC) is to develop knowledge on water cooperation in its broadest sense with a primary focus on water for peace and development (https://siwi.org/international-centre-for-water-cooperation/). The Research School aims to critically analyse the linkage between water sharing and international conflict and cooperation, and thereby improve the understanding of the mechanisms by which water sharing can act as a catalyst for peace.

    The Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS) is a national center for research on natural hazards and risks that brings together social, engineering and earth scientists from different departments at Uppsala University, Swedish Defence University, and Karlstad University (https://www.cnds.se). The research conducted at CNDS aims to improve the ability to prevent and deal with risks in society by raising awareness of the dynamics and consequences of natural hazards.

    The successful candidate will pursue a project which combines research on 1) international water cooperation, 2) natural disasters, and/or climate change, and 3) peace and conflict. The successful candidate is free to define and develop their project idea within these parameters, and shall submit a project plan on this topic.

Work description
PhD candidates primarily focus on their own doctoral education. A maximum of 20% of the position may involve other administrative and educational responsibilities at the Department.

Employment as a PhD candidate requires acceptance into the DPCR’s PhD program, which is decided through an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the program. Information concerning applications, acceptance guidelines, and other related matters may be obtained at the Department’s homepage, http://www.pcr.uu.se/education/phd-programme

The application should preferably be in English, filed on-line and shall include:

1) a completed application form for doctoral studies 

2) a short personal letter (1-2 pages) 

3) CV 

4) certified transcripts of academic records 

5) a project plan (3-5 pages, excluding reference list). If you are applying for both positions, it is possible, but not required, to submit two separate project plans. Please note, however, that the proposal for the specialized position needs to focus on the topic outlined above

6) letters of reference/recommendation (max 2 letters) or a list of references (max 2) who can be contacted

7) writing samples (1-3 samples)

8) an indication in the web-formula of whether you apply for 1) the general position, 2) the specialized position, or 3) both the general and the specialized position.

The application form for doctoral studies is available at the address below, along with detailed instructions for completing the application.

Through reference to the general syllabus for graduate studies, the applicant should first ensure that s/he meets the requirements for general or special eligibility for studies in the field of peace and conflict research at the post-graduate level. Full information is available here.  

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

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 2023, or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

Further information about the positions please contact: Desirée Nilsson (director of studies, DPCR PhD Program), or Hanne Fjelde (deputy director of studies, DPCR PhD Program), email: phdprogramme@pcr.uu.se

For questions relating to the specialized position please contact Ashok Swain: ashok.swain@pcr.uu.se

The deadline for the submission of applications is 4 April 2023. Reference number is; UFV-PA 2023/642

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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-09-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/642
Union representative
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
Published 17.Feb.2023
Last application date 04.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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