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One Doctoral Position in Peace and Development Research

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: School of Global Studies, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 1 September 2017
Reference number: UR 2017/194

Peace and Development Research at the University of Gothenburg is a leading site of interdisciplinary and action-oriented enquiry spanning all world regions. The 50 researchers in the subject group take a broad range of approaches to peace and development, including but not limited to conflict research, critical security studies, gender analysis, human rights, global political economy, migration, regional studies, and resistance studies.

Job assignments

Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, announces a doctoral position within a research project on the interlinkages between infrastructure and livelihood & conflict dynamics in the case of the Lamu Port-South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR). The main purpose of the project is to investigate how the envisioning, planning and construction of infrastructure systems shape and transform issues of natural resources, security, and citizenship at different sites along the corridor with the aim to come to a better understanding of infrastructure as a socio-technical agent of change as well as a potential source of conflict.

The successful candidate is expected to be familiar with and able to combine different qualitative research methods, including participant observation, in-depth interviews and document analysis. In addition, previous experience from relevant research in East Africa and proficiency in swahili is a merit.

The aim of doctoral studies is to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct autonomous research within the field of peace and development. The position entails one year of courses and culminates in the production of a dissertation that makes a significant original contribution to knowledge. The acquired knowledge and skills should be further applicable in postdoctoral research or other professional work.

The doctoral studentship is expected to begin in September 2017 and cover four years (full-time equivalent, fixed term). The position holder may undertake departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of full-time. In this case, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.
The studentship covers tuition costs plus salary as an employee of the University of Gothenburg.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.
An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

1. a degree at the second-cycle level,
2. at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
3. largely equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad.

An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40):
knowledge from university education within the field of international relations or global development studies of at least 60 credits, or other university education of equivalent depth and breadth.
Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements.


According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programmes and on the Department's supervisory resources. Skills, experience, creativity and excellence in research are also assessed, based on:

1. A motivation letter (max 2,000 words, excluding references) showing
a) the applicant's research interest(s) in relation to questions regarding infrastructure and related dynamics of security, access to resources and citizenship;
b) the ability to formulate a research problem;
c) the candidate's familiarity with and handling of methodological and theoretical issues.

2. A Master's thesis, academic papers and/or other relevant works, which will be assessed in terms of ability to formulate and delimit research tasks and present and analyse research results.
3. A CV summarizing relevant work experience, language and other skills,
4. Grades in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
5. Interviews will be held with shortlisted applicants.

The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at the third-cycle level. Decision cannot be appealed.

Additional information

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact rekrytering@gu.se

Prior to the recruitment procedure, the department will have determined the recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore firmly request that contact with media sellers, recruitment sites and the like be avoided.

Related information

For further information please contact

Jan Bachmann, Senior Lecturer
+46 (0) 31-786 6743

Per Knutsson, Senior Lecturer
+46 (0) 31-786 4214


Labour union

SACO: Maja Pelling
+46 (0) 31-786 1165

OFR/S: Madelen Hansson
+46 (0) 31-786 1171

SEKO: Salima Khamchane
+46 (0) 31-786 1173

Closing date


Appointment Procedure

Please register your application electronically under ‘Apply online’. The application must include:

1) A motivation letter showing the applicant's research interest(s), ability to formulate a research problem, as well as familiarity with and handling of methodological and theoretical issues. Maximum 2,000 words.
2) A Master’s thesis and/or any other relevant papers or publications. The texts must be submitted in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.
3) A CV.
4) Copies of diploma and/or academic transcripts verifying that the general and specific entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications. Reference letters can be submitted by the applicant, but are not mandatory.

It is for the applicant to make sure the application is complete and no changes/additions are allowed after the last date of application.

Scholarly publications etc. that are not available electronically shall be submitted to (write the reference number on the documents):

University of Gothenburg
School of Global Studies
Att. Gunilla Blomqvist
PO Box 700
405 30 Gothenburg

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

Page Manager: rekrytering@gu.se|Last update: 3/6/2017

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