PhD-student in Rhetoric

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 11 Aug 2023

Published: 2023-05-26

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PhD student in Rhetoric

Two main subjects are studied at the department: Literature and Rhetoric. (The former subject comprises both Comparative Literature and Swedish/Scandinavian Literature.) The department also teaches the literary courses within the Teacher's Training Program in Swedish. The department is one of the leading Swedish research settings within its fields. Scholarly interests are wide, as are the theoretical approaches and the methodologies applied. Our long-term ambition is to establish the department as an internationally significant research environment within the field of rhetoric. For more information, see

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The PhD-student position is a 4-year full time appointment, and the candidate will primarily devote the time to their own research, the outcome of which is a Ph.D.-Dissertation. Other departmental work, such as teaching or administration can be part of the position (maximum 20 %), but requires a working knowledge of Swedish. A doctoral (PhD) student is expected to conduct research and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline. Expectations of a doctoral student include the capacity to develop independent ideas and communicate research results in oral and written form. The aim of the doctoral position is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within Rhetoric 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 apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-degree research or other qualified professional work.

The doctoral student will be expected to be physically present at the Department and actively interact in the program environment, which includes active participation in the Department’s third-cycle and research seminars. While the Department's working language is Swedish, the PhD program may be conducted in English. However, non-Swedish PhD students are encouraged to learn basic Swedish during their PhD program.

Regulations concerning the employment and the education are found here:

The Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapters 5, 8 and 9 ( ).

The university’s and the faculty’s regulations concerning third-cycle eduation: and .


To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

  • hold a Master’s (second-cycle) degree in Rhetoric, or
  • have completed at least 240 credits in higher education, with at least 60 credits at Master’s level including an independent project in Rhetoric worth at least 15 credits , or
  • have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way.

The Faculty Board can admit exceptions from these requirements if there are sufficient grounds. The specific qualifications for postgraduate education in Rhetoric are that the candidate fulfills the demands for a degree of master, with Rhetoric (or a corresponding field) as the major subject, or alternatively has corresponding qualifications acquired in some other way domestically or abroad.

The third-cycle education is regulated in the general study syllabus, which can be found on the department’s homepage.

In order to apply for a position at Uppsala University, 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 application should be written in English, Swedish or another Scandinavian language. The application process is described more thoroughly at


Please enclose the following documents with the application:

  • Degree projects (from second cycle and first cycle, if any) and any publications you find relevant. You may submit up to five texts; any additional texts can be listed in a separate document. Submitted texts will be assessed primarily based on the following criteria: originality and scholarly relevance, difficulty of the topic addressed, and precision in the use of methods and the overall presentation of the work. Only texts written in either Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish or Dutch can be assessed.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A description of your intended thesis project. This description should identify the purpose and aim of the project, the problem(s) addressed, material that will be used, and how the project relates to previous research. The project draft should also include a discussion on which theories and methods you may utilize. The draft will be assessed based on the following criteria: originality, scholarly relevance and rigor, and feasibility. The draft should include a preliminary outline or list of different phases and components of the thesis project, as well as a general timetable for the project. The draft may not exceed 20,000 characters (including blank spaces, notes and references).
  • Degree certificates and/or a certificate of enrollment from Ladok, or equivalent system, specifying your completed coursework. The certificates must demonstrate that you meet the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies as well as the specific entry requirements specified in the respective program syllabus.
  • Contact information to 2 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 a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 2023-12-15 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: professor Otto Fischer (018-471 29 41) or HR-generalist (018-471 42 61).

Please submit your application by 11 August 2023, UFV-PA 2023/1969.

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Placement: Department of Literature

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Månadslön

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 2023/1969

Last application date: 2023-08-11

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