PhD positions in Political Science (at least three)

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 31 Jan 2024

Published: 2023-11-22

The Department of Government at Uppsala University provides a vibrant and internationally successful research environment. With approximately 60 faculty members and 40 PhD-students, we are recognized as one of the leading political science departments in the Nordic region.

Three of the doctoral positions are open, while an additional two can be linked to projects.

One PhD position is linked to the project "What will we eat? Food as security politics in Sweden 1900-2025" which studies the role of food preparedness and food production as a security policy issue. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and led by Johanna Pettersson Fürst. The project includes both quantitative and qualitative methods and the PhD student will be able to shape their own project within the framework of the project. The chosen doctoral student will be part of two established research environments at the Department of Government: the Public Administration & Public Policy group and the International Politics group, and will benefit from both the resources and networks attached to these environments. The project is further described here .

One PhD position is linked to one of two projects within the field of political economy, led by Axel Cronert and Pär Nyman. The first project examines the connections between politicians and firms and relies primarily on Swedish register data. The second project investigates the politics behind, and the consequences of, tax and welfare benefit indexation from a comparative perspective. The doctoral student will be able to choose within which project they wish to write their thesis. The doctoral student will also be able to draw on the resources and network within the research group. More information about the projects can be found here and here.

Please, indicate your interest in the project related positions in your cover letter.

The doctoral studies program spans four years and is funded through doctoral employment. Doctoral candidates are expected to pursue their education in the doctoral studies program on a full-time basis and actively participate in departmental activities. Teaching or other duties at the department, equivalent to a maximum of 20 percent, may be assigned. The duration of the employment is extended proportionally

For general eligibility, applicants must hold an advanced level graduate degree (Master’s degree equivalent or higher), have fulfilled course requirements of at least 240 ECTS points, of which at least 60 ECTS points must have been completed at an advanced level, or otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.

For special eligibility for admission to the doctoral studies program in political science, the applicant is required to have satisfactory results in courses equivalent to 90 ECTS points in political science or otherwise equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad.

The qualification requirements must be met by August 1, 2024. If the applicant does not meet the qualification requirements at the time of application, any potential notification of admittance will be preliminary until eligibility can be proven. No merits apart from general and special eligibility can be submitted after the deadline. The decision about admission will be based on the documentation that is attached to the application and submitted before the deadline. 

We require very good oral and written proficiency in English and/or Swedish. Applicants who have not attended an MA- program where the language of instruction has been English or Swedish have to verify English language proficiency by submitting a certificate of results from internationally recognized language tests, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

A requirement for employment as a doctoral student is that the applicant must have been or will be admitted to the department’s doctoral studies program, where the aptitude to successfully complete the PhD program is crucial. Employment of doctoral students and admittance to the doctoral studies program are regulated by the Higher Education Ordinance, and by the regulations issued by Uppsala University.

The application must contain the following: 

  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A brief cover letter (max 500 words) indicating your motives for applying.
  • A research text, preferably an MA-thesis, authored by the applicant. The writing sample can be in English or Swedish. If the text is co-authored, it must be accompanied by a co-author statement and complemented by a single-authored secondary research sample.
  • A self-reflection statement where the strengths and weaknesses of the research text is discussed (max. 1000 words).
  • Transcripts of academic records to demonstrate qualification for admission.
  • Contact information for two academic references (address, email address, and telephone number). No recommendation letter should be included. 

The application may need to contain the following: 

  • A secondary research text authored by the applicant. It is mandatory to submit a secondary research text when the applicant’s primary research text is co-authored. In other cases, a secondary research sample is voluntary. The secondary writing sample can be in English or Swedish. If the text is co-authored, it must be accompanied by a co-author statement.
  • A co-author statement that should describe the independent research contributions of the applicant and each co-author. The statement should be signed by the co-author(s).
  • Certificate of English language written and oral proficiency from internationally recognized test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants that have attended an MA-program where the language of instruction has been English or Swedish do not need to submit test scores. 

More detailed information requirements are provided via this link: phd-programme in political science

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, section 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 2 September or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala. 

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

For further information about the position, please contact: Director of the PhD-programme, Elin Bjarnegård, [email protected] 

Please submit your application by January 31, 2024, UFV-PA 2023/4392.

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Placement: Department of Government

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 3

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO [email protected]
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Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/4392

Last application date: 2024-01-31

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