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OPEN POSITIONS Doctoral (PhD) Studentship Position in Political Science (PregSOM)

The Department of Political Science has an open climate that encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialisation include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalisation, environmental politics and European Studies. The Department hosts research programmes such as the QoG Institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), Governance and Local Development (GLD) and the Swedish National Election Studies Programme. We offer several degree programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral (PhD) level, as well as freestanding courses. Education is provided in both Swedish and English. We have a total of 1 300 students and a staff of about 140. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg.

For more information about the Department, see www.pol.gu.se

The Department of Political science is currently looking for a qualified and motivated individual for 1 doctoral studentship position (PhD student) in Political Science associated with the Gothenburg Research Program on Pregnancy and Politics and the Society, Opinion and Media Institute (SOM).


Job assignments

The position is jointly funded by the Gothenburg Research Program on Pregnancy and Politics and the Society, Opinion and Democracy Institute (www.som.gu.se ). The position will allow the student to perform research on political behaviour and public opinion focusing on changes in adult life (here due to pregnancy and childbirth). The available data is exceptional, and the student will also have many possibilities to collect new data within the project as well as to collaborate across disciplines with medical and midwifery scholars.

The Gothenburg Research Program on Pregnancy and Politics is hosted by the Department of Political Science and is headed by Wallenberg Academy Fellow Elin Naurin. It is an inter-disciplinary research project where political scientists and medical scholars collaborate to understand how political beliefs and political behaviour change with pregnancy and childbirth. It is funded by the The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundationand the Swedish Research Council. A description of the research programme can be found at https://pol.gu.se/english/research/the-program-on-pregnancy-and-politics-.The objective of the program is to conduct theoretical, empirical and interdisciplinary research aimed at creating a profound understanding of the effects of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood on individuals’ political behaviour and opinions.

The SOM Institute is a research infrastructure located at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Gothenburg. The SOM Institute collaborates with a wide range of research groups and other organizations to collect data, conduct research and communicate results. The SOM Institute’s two main activities are the annual SOM surveys of the Swedish population and the Citizen Panel at the University of Gothenburg that is run by the Laboratory of Opinion Research (LORE), which is a unit within the SOM Institute.

Since 2015, LORE at the SOM Institute has hosted and administered the Pregnancy Panel of Elin Naurin. Collaborations are close and the student will benefit from and is expected to contribute to both these research environments.

We will admit and fund 1 well-qualified and highly motivated doctoral (PhD) student to work on issues covered by the Gothenburg Research Program on Pregnancy and Politics and to use data from the SOM Institute and LORE as well as to develop and evaluate data collection methods for this kind of research. The student should be well-anchored in Political Science and interested in working with public opinion, political behaviour and applied survey methodology. Accomplishments in the areas related to the project will be of merit.

The admitted doctoral (PhD) student is thus supposed to write their doctoral thesis within the Gothenburg Research Program on Pregnancy and Politics, and in doing so use data from the SOM Institute and LORE, and to develop and evaluate survey data collection methods.The admitted doctoral student (PhD)is also expected toactively participate in the activities of the two research environments. Apart from salary, we offer exceptional opportunities for data collection, regular conference participation and international networking.

The aim of the doctoral (PhD) programme is for students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within Political Science and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline with a doctoral thesis. In addition, good opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaborations with other involved disciplines are provided. Another aim is for doctoral students to develop an ability to later apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-degree research or other professional work.

Admission to the doctoral programme at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, comes with a 4-year salaried position on a fulltime, residential basis, with the possibility of extension for a fifth year if the student completes a minimum of 20 percent teaching/other duties during the first four years. Doctoral (PhD) students are provided with office space, computer, and office phone and access to all standard services in the department.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.

An applicant meets the general entry requirements for doctoral (PhD) studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

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

In Sweden, 240 university credits equal four years of successfully completed full-time studies.

According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40, an applicant meets the specific entry requirements for doctoral (PhD) studies if he/she has obtained at least 60 higher education credits (one year of full-time studies) in Political Science or has equivalent qualifications.

Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements.

Finally, although not a formal requirement, we encourage successful applicants to acquire sufficient competency in the Swedish language to be able to actively participate in seminars and other activities at the Department, within a two-year period.

Assessment of applicants

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. We will base this assessment primarily on the following:

1. Relevant work, which will be assessed in terms of ability to formulate, delimit and analyse research tasks and present research results.

2. A draft of the intended research project stating the applicant’s research interest(s) and planned focus area of his/her doctoral thesis. In addition, the project draft must demonstrate familiarity with previous and current research as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems. Maximum 2.500 words (approx.. 6 pages).

3. Academic transcripts.

4. Previous merits.

5. Letters of recommendations.

6. The selection process may include interviews.

Admission to doctoral (PhD) studies may also be granted within a framework where the University of Gothenburg does not serve as employer (external position, so-called samverkansdoktorand). The assessment process for these applicants is the same as for other applicants. A special agreement will be developed in these cases.

The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at doctoral level (PhD). The final admission decision will be announced during April. Decisions cannot be appealed.

Application procedure

Please register your application electronically under ‘Apply online’. In order for the application to be considered complete it must include:

1) An introductory letter of 1.000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages), preferably shorter. The letter should consist of four paragraphs in the following order: a) a short presentation of yourself. b) a short presentation of you merits, c) a short presentation of the intended research project and d) a short account for why this particular research environment is of interest to you.

2) CV including a list of publications (if applicable).

3) One writing sample. Normally, this would be a master’s thesis, but it could also be a revised version of the thesis, or another paper, article or book chapter for example, or equivalent work. The texts must be submitted in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text and translated in their entirety.

4) A description of the intended research project indicating the applicant’s research interests and planned focus area of his/her thesis and research. The project description must demonstrate familiarity with previous and current research as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems. 2.500 words maximum (approx. 6 pages) including abstract, excluding bibliography. Further directions for the description can be found here: http://pol.gu.se/english/education/ph.d.-programme/call-for-applications-/draft-of-intended-research-project

5) Verified copies of academic transcripts and evidence of other relevant qualifications, if applicable.

6) Two letters of recommendation (N.B. the letters of recommendation must be both signed and sent directly to the Department by the letter writers). Instructions regarding the form and content of the recommendation letters can be found here: http://pol.gu.se/english/education/ph.d.-programme/call-for-applications-/letters-of-recommendation---instructions

It is for the applicant to make sure that the application is complete. No changes/additions are allowed after the last date of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarly publications etc. that are not available electronically, and letters of recommendation shall be submitted to (write the reference number PAR 2017/1537 on the documents):

University of Gothenburg
Department of Political Science
Att. Lena Caspers
PO Box 721
405 30 Gothenburg


Closing date 2018-02-06



Type of employment: Fixed term, 4 years Extent: 100% Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg First Day of Employment: 2018-09-01

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

For further information please contact:

Carl Dahlström, Director of Graduate Studies
Tel.: +4631-786 5995
E-mail: carl.dahlstrom@pol.gu.se

Lena Caspers, Research Administrator
Tel.: +4631-786 2792
E-mail: lena.caspers@gu.se


Announcement of further PhD positions at the Department:

In addition to this doctoral position, the Department also offers 1-3 general doctoral (PhD) positions in Political Science, 1-2 positions associated with The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD), and 1-2 positions associated with The Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR). For more information, please visit our homepage (www.pol.gu.se).


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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.


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