PhD Student in Analytical Sociology

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Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

Through the activities in research, the Department of Management and Engineering (IEI) provides education in a wide range of fields, from economy and management to design and technology. As one of the university’s largest departments, our strength is the education and research that support and benefit each other. Our mission is to encourage innovation and development through which we develop dedicated, innovative student who can improve the world. We have strong links within the corporate and other sectors, which facilitates the employability of our graduates and the application of our research.

Hereby advertises a position as

PhD student in Analytical Sociology
based at the Institute for Analytical Sociology (IEI, Campus Norrköping).

The Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) seeks to fill a 4-year PhD position in Norrköping, Sweden. IAS is an interdisciplinary research center on the borderline between analytical sociology and computational social science.

The PhD-project will be conducted within the broader project “Mining for Meaning: The Dynamics of Public Discourse on Migration.” The candidate will join an international research group with backgrounds in sociology, political science, statistics, and machine learning that interprets large corpora of social text (from online forums, newspapers, parliamentary speeches) as “social sensors,” and applies computational text analysis to explain the processes by which collectively agreed-upon narratives arise from interactions between the public, the media, and political actors. Recent shifts in public opinion toward immigration––sweeping across Europe in the wake of the “refugee crisis” of 2015––provide a dramatic example of such dynamics. More information about the project can be found here:

The candidate will be enrolled in IAS’s postgraduate training (including coursework totaling 60 ECTS points). Information on the PhD program can be found here:

Candidates should have strong computational and data-analytic skills, and a deep interest in cutting edge social science research. Applicants shall have a master’s degree in the social sciences (sociology, political science, communication or media studies) and/or data science (statistics, machine learning, natural language processing).
Applicants should further have
●       interest in social media discourse and in (Swedish) politics,
●       skills in data management, preferably of textual data,
●       experience with text analysis, preferably in a social science or humanities context,
●       programming skills,
●       interest in teamwork and collaboration.

Fluency in English is required and, as we are dealing with text, Swedish language skills are desired.

Project duties include primarily the contribution to innovative research that is publishable in highly ranked social science journals. Attaining a PhD at IAS requires the publication of several high-quality papers in a leading author role. Contributions to methodologically oriented journals and conference proceedings can also be part of the work, depending on the interest of the applicant.

As a PhD student you will primarily devote yourself to your research. As a PhD student you are limited to work with education and administration up to 20 percent of full time.

Appointment time
The appointment will be until further notice for a maximum of one year at a time. A doctoral student may not be employed during a period exceeding eight years. The total time of appointment must not exceed the equivalent of four years´ full time research training.

Starting date 
May 1, 2020 or by agreement.

The salary for PhD students is based on the department’s salary scale.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Please attach your CV and a cover letter (max. 2 pages) stating your motivation and particular skills for the job.

Your application must be received at the latest March 27, 2020.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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