Doctoral candidate in the history of science

Updated: 22 days ago
Deadline: 10 May 2023

Published: 2023-03-14

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of History of Science and Ideas is a vibrant and excellent research environment, with outstanding research groups in the history of medicine and history of science, political history, as well as strong profiles in global intellectual history, media history and the history of education. Around 50 teachers, researchers and fellows work at the department, including 12 PhD students. See our website for more information: . 

The Office for History of Science at the Department of History of Science and Ideas announces one 4-year PhD position in history of science in a global context from the late 17th until the 20th Century.

Uppsala University offers excellent conditions for doctoral research.

Read more about our benefits and what it is like to work at Uppsala University

Successful candidates will pursue their doctoral studies full-time in Uppsala and are expected to participate actively in departmental activities such as seminars, workshops, etc. The position is a 4-year full-time employment (starting salary is currently 29 000 SEK/month). The position might also entail teaching and other assignments up to 20 % of the full-time position (extending the position proportionally).

To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

  • Hold a Master’s (second-cycle) degree relevant to research in the history of science
  • Have completed at least 240 credits in higher education, with at least 60 credits at Master’s level including an independent project worth at least 15 credits, or
  • Have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way.

Be proficient in English in speech and writing.

Additional qualifications
We encourage applicants from all countries to apply. Swedish reading and listening comprehension is expected within two years. 

Your application can be written in English or Swedish and should include: 1) a brief CV outlining your academic progress to date, 2) a copy of your MA thesis, or, if this is not complete, a summary and table of contents as well as at least one sample section, 3) a statement (of no more than 10 000 signs) outlining your proposed research. This outline should describe your research question and how it is related to the current state of research. The outline should also have a short discussion of possible sources for answering your question and methodological considerations regarding the potential of these sources, 4) an authorized copy of your Master’s degree and course grades, OR, a signed certificate from supervisor or dean of studies testifying to the completion of the thesis before the end of term 5) name and e-mail addresses of at least two referees.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines .

About the employment
The employment is atemporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date September 1, 2023, oras agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Head of department, Thomas Karlsohn,, or Director of PhD Studies, or, Professor of the History of Science,

Please submit your application by May 10 2023, UFV-PA 2023/968.

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Placement: Department of History of Science and Ideas

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/968

Last application date: 2023-05-10

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