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OPEN POSITIONS PhD student in history

At the Department of Historical Studies, which belongs to the Faculty of Humanities, education and research are conducted in the three subjects of history, archeology and ancient history. The education takes place at all levels, from basic courses to postgraduate education. The research takes place both within the individual subjects and in major interdisciplinary projects, where national and international collaboration is an important element. The department currently has about 90 employees in the form of researchers, teachers, doctoral students and administrators.

Teaching and research within the discipline of History are concerned with social and political changes in past societies. The chronological and geographical range is wide. Within the department there is a close collaboration between History and its sister disciplines Archaeology and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History with regard to both research and teaching.

More information about the department and the subject of history can be found on our website https://historiskastudier.gu.se/english

The Department of Historical Studies is now searching for a qualified and motivated individual for doctoral studentship positions (PhD student) in History.

Job assignments

A doctoral student is expected to conduct research and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline. Expectations towards a doctoral student include the capacity to develop independent ideas and communicate research results in oral and written form.

The aim of the PhD-student position is for the doctoral candiate to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within Histroy and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis. Another aim is for the doctoral student to develop an ability to later apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-doctoral research or other qualified professional work.

The position is limited to four years in duration and is carried out on a full-time basis unless there are acceptable reasons to the contrary (minimum 50 %). The position may include departmental duties, such as teaching, corresponding to up to 20 % of a full-time post over the course of study. If such tasks are carried out, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.

Eligibility

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 (PhD) studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

  1. a degree at the second-cycle 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 third-cycle (PhD) studies if he/she has obtained at least 60 higher education credits (one year of full-time studies) in Archaeology 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

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, sources of relevance for the study, as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems. Maximum 2500 words (approx. 6 pages).
  3. Academic transcripts
  4. Previous merits
  5. The selection process may include interviews
  6. Applicants may be asked to provide letters of recommendation

Admission to the doctoral program 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 applications are prepared by a working group, decisions on admission are made by the head of department. Interviews with a selection of applicants can be conducted. Decisions on admission are announced in May and cannot be appealed.

Employment

Type of employment: 4 years
Extent: 100% (full-time)
Location: Department of Historical Studies, Gothenburg
First Day of Employment: 2020-09-01

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

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

For further information regarding the position

For further information, please contact:

Roddy Nilsson, professor
Tel. +70 69 62 386
E-Mail: Roddy.Nilsson@gu.se

Mattias Wiberg Fogelberg, Human Resources officer
Tel. +4631-786 4614
E-Mail: mattias.wiberg@gu.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

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 1000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages). The letter should consist of four paragraphs in the following order: a) a short presentation of yourself. b) a short presentation of your merits, c) a short presentation of the intended research project and d) a short account for why the Department of Historical Studies and/or the doctoral studies programme is of interest to you.

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

3) One essay. Normally, this would be a master’s thesis.

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, sources of relevance for the study, as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems. 2500 words maximum (approx. 6 pages) including abstract, excluding bibliography.

5) Verified copies of academic transcripts and evidence of other relevant qualifications, if applicable. Please note that you need to submit detailed academic transcripts that specify your finished courses, credits and degrees. If English is not the original language, you need to submit both the original and an English translation. For degree transcripts from universities within the EU, please provide a diploma supplement.

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.

All electronic documents must be submitted in PDF format. 

Closing date: 200302

 

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.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 47 500 students and 6 400 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.

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