Three (3) PhD student position in Sociology of Education, Uppsala University


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Sociology of Education explores education – in the broad sense of the word – as a social phenomenon. Education is thus related to the overall social structure as well as to social transformations such as globalization processes or changes in professional domains. A focal point for research is the encounter between, on the one hand, the symbolic or material assets held by students and professors or pupils and school teachers and, on the other hand, the prevailing social and cultural order in the education system. Other significant areas of research are the competition between educational institutions and the relations between education and the cultural, economic or political fields. As a discipline Sociology of Education is based on more general traditions in sociology and historical science.

An overview of ongoing research in sociology of education at Uppsala University is found at The research is conducted in close relation to the two research units Sociology of Education and Culture (SEC),, and Uppsala Studies of History and Education (SHED)

The full-time employment will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). Departmental duties (typically teaching and administration) at a level of at most 20% are normally included in the position, in which case the employment period will be extended beyond the four years. PhD students are expected to study full-time and actively participate in the department’s activities.

One of the PhD student positions will be focused on the research area of internationalisation and education. Internationalisation should be understood in broad terms and covers all forms of activities and phenomena within education that transgress national boundaries. Equally, education is also defined broadly and covers all levels from pre-school to doctoral education. If the position oriented towards internationalisation and education is relevant, indicate this in your application.

Qualifications: A general eligibility of 240 ECTS credits is required, corresponding to four years’ full-time university studies, or a university degree comprising at least 60 credits at advanced level or equivalent. Previous studies should include 90 credits with direct relevance for with relevance for sociology of education within the disciplinary domain of the humanities and social sciences. An applicant may also be considered qualified if s/he has acquired the corresponding competence in other ways. Language skills in Swedish are not a requirement for employment, but the candidate is expected to learn Swedish. A good command of written and oral English language is required. For further information on the requirements for general and special eligibility for studies in the field of Curriculum Studies see contacts below.

Applications should include: relevant theses (C or D levels, master’s theses or equivalent) and other publications that the applicant wishes to invoke, a short CV, a statement of research interests and a draft thesis plan. The draft thesis plan, consisting of five to 10 pages, should briefly address issues relevant to the main research topic. It should further discuss the discipline-related context, previous research on the same research topic, the empirical data needed for the study and its methodology. It should further comprise reflections on the relevance of the thesis project.

All documents submitted with the application must be translated into Swedish or English. If scientific texts that the applicant wishes to invoke are not available in any of these two languages, they may be submitted in French, German Spanish, but without any guarantee that they will be considered in the evaluation of the applications. For university guidelines for third-cycle education see:

See also the curriculum regulating third-cycle education in Sociology of Education, including the required qualifications, at (in Swedish)

The post-graduate training is regulated by the Faculty of Educational Sciences in “Procedures for the Admission to Doctoral Studies”, “Continuation of Employment”, Prolongation of Employment” and “Procedures for the PhD Student’s Individual Study Plan”. For more information see

A doctoral student may be employed for maximum eight years, however the length (or duration) of the employment may not exceed the equivalent to full-time doctoral studies of four years

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.

Starting date: April 1, 2018.

Working hours: 100 %

Type of position: Temporary full-time position

For further information about the position, please contact
Directors of studies for post-graduate education: Kajsa Bråting,, phone +46-18-471 2297 and Marie Karlsson,, phone +46-18-471 1647. Research leader Professor

You are welcome to submit your application no later than February 11, 2018, UFV-PA 2017/4973.

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

Placement: Department of Education

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed pay

Number of positions: 2

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/4973

Last application date: 2018-02-11

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