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OPEN POSITIONS Employment as a doctoral student at one of the Faculty of Social Sciences' departments

The Department of Social Sciences at the University of Gothenburg announces a doctoral position in democracy and human rights, to be located at one of the faculty’s departments (https://samfak.gu.se/english/about-us).

We live in an era when issues of democracy and human rights are important central themes. Large parts of the research and education conducted within the Department of Social Sciences cover these topics. The faculty is able to offer both broad and specialised experience in relation to various subjects such as the environment and sustainable development, migration, freedom of speech, globalisation, democracy, human rights, gender, disability, child perspectives, etc.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in contributing to the development of research within one of the faculty’s third-cycle study programmes, with a project that aims to “...strengthen fundamental democratic values in thought, opinion, expression and religious freedom”. The research can therefore be centred on a wide variety of different fields, such as history of ideas, freedom of the press, publishing-related issues such as the organisation and freedoms of the media, publisher’s responsibility, ethics, opinion building and minority issues.

The position is to be funded partly through the disposition of assets in Göteborgs Handelskompani’s bankruptcy estate. The disposal of this estate is managed by two trustees. The trustees, in their capacity as representatives of the amassed capital in Göteborgs Handelskompanis Deposition (Handelskompaniet, have entered into an agreement with the University of Gothenburg to allow a portion of the return on said capital to go to research.

See information regarding the doctoral study programmes conducted at the Faculty of Social Sciences’ departments:



The position entails doctoral studies covering 240 higher education credits, equivalent to four years of full-time study. This includes the formulation and completion of a thesis project in collaboration with your supervisor, which will lead to a dissertation. In addition, the prescribed third-cycle courses must also be completed. The doctoral student will be expected to actively participate in the research environment and the department’s day-to-day activities. The programme leads to a PhD in one of the faculty’s third-cycle subjects.


To be eligible for admission, the applicant must meet the general entry requirements in accordance with Chapter 7(39) of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance as well as any specific entry requirements that may be prescribed.

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

For specific entry requirements for courses and study programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences, see the general study plan for the subject in question.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria for applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements are based on the applicant’s potential for success in a third-cycle study programme. As a basis for this selection, particular importance will be given to the following:

  • Publications and work (including essays at second-cycle level). These will be assessed based on the following criteria: originality and scientific basis, the level of difficulty of the subject, and the assurance shown in the methodological and linguistic execution.
  • A research plan indicating the area of research that the applicant wishes to develop and the manner in which this is intended to strengthen fundamental democratic values in thought, opinion, expression and religious freedom. The research plan should also state the reasons for the choice of subject, as well as a discussion of the theories, methods and materials that may be relevant. A description of and reflection on the ethical aspects and challenges raised by the intended project should also be included. Assessment will be made based on the following criteria: originality, scientific relevance and feasibility.
  • The department’s supervisory resources in the doctoral student’s field of research. Contact the prospective department for more information about their research profile and supervisory resources.
  • The ability to work both independently and in a group.
  • Documented ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.


The position is limited to a period of four years of full-time study. The position will be located at one of the faculty’s seven departments.

Starting date by agreement.

Regulations regarding the employment of doctoral students can be found in Swedish Code of Statutes SFS 1998:80. The Faculty Board is permitted to admit only those applicants to third-cycle studies who gain doctoral studentships. In addition to the obligation to participate in his or her own doctoral education, the successful applicant may also be required to perform duties relating to education, research and administration in accordance with specific provisions in the applicable regulation. Please note that the decision to employ a doctoral student cannot be appealed.

The university applies local agreements on salaries for doctoral students.

Contact details regarding the position

Karl-Fredrik Ahlmark, administrator for third-cycle research and education at the Faculty of Social Sciences, karl-fredrik.ahlmark@gu.se
Director of studies at the relevant department:

Department of Political Science, Carl Dahlström, carl.dahlstrom@pol.gu.se

Department of Social Work, Kristian Daneback, kristian.daneback@socwork.gu.se

Department of Psychology, Leif Strömwall, leif.stromwall@psy.gu.se

School of Public Administration, David Karlsson, david.karlsson@spa.gu.se

Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, Monika Djerf-Pierre, monika.djerf-pierre@jmg.gu.se

The Department of Sociology and Work Science, Göran Sundqvist, goran.sundqvist@sts.gu.se

School of Global Studies, Isabell Schierenbeck, isabell.schierenbeck@globalstudies.gu.se

Trade union organisations

You can find a list of trade unions at the University of Gothenburg by visiting;https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives


Applications for doctoral studentships should be submitted via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply” button. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the announcement and received no later than the closing date for applications.

Your application should state in which of the faculty’s third-cycle subjects you wish to take a degree.

The following should be attached to the application:

  • A personal letter briefly stating the reasons behind your interest in doctoral education (max. 1 page) and the subject in which you wish to obtain a degree.
  • Curriculum vitae/résumé
  • Research plan (max. 4 pages).
  • Copies of diplomas and proof of special qualifications, academic transcripts and any other documentation of relevance to the position that you would like to be considered.
  • Copies of essays, theses and other publications you would like to be considered.
  • Contact information for academic references (e.g. thesis supervisor).

The closing date for applications is 18.02.2018.


The selection process may involve interviews and the checking of references.

Prior to the recruitment work, the University of Gothenburg has decided on recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore firmly request that contact with media sellers, recruitment sites and the like be avoided.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 38 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

Page Manager: rekrytering@gu.se|Last update: 2/23/2017

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