Three PhD positions at the Department of Modern Languages

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 01 Aug 2019

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The Department of Modern Languages has around 60 employees who conduct research and education in several languages and literatures. There are four main research areas: Finno-Ugric languages, German, Romance languages, and Slavic languages. Both earlier and later language stages are studied and the theoretical and methodological scope is wide.

We now announce three PhD positions at the Department of Modern Languages. An applicant who has been accepted for one of PhD positions will be active in one of the department’s four third-cycle subjects – Finno-Ugric languages, German, Romance languages, or Slavic languages, the syllabi of which you can find here .

Conditions/Project: Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and to participate actively in the department’s activities. Students are encouraged to combine the position with teaching responsibilities up to a maximum of 20%, which is to be carried out against an appropriate prolongation of the contract.

Qualifications: For employment as PhD-student it is required that the holder is admitted or will be admitted to the PhD education programme. To qualify the applicant must meet the requirements for general and the special eligibility. A general eligibility of 240 ECTS credits is required, 60 of which are obtained at advanced level (= one-year master’s degree). An applicant may also be considered qualified if s/he has acquired the corresponding competence in other ways.

The applicant must have at least a one-year master’s degree in one of the following third-cycle subjects or equivalent to fulfil the special eligibility requirements:Finno-Ugric languages, German, Romance languages, Slavic languages.  

The department will apply for exemption from the language requirements in Swedish if an applicant otherwise is assessed to have the best qualifications. However, knowledge in Swedish is a qualification.

The specific requirements for eligibility of studies in the third-cycle subjects are found in the general syllabi:

Finno-Ugric languages:


Romance languages:

Slavic languages:

Selection: The selection of candidates will be based on the applicants’ ability to fulfil the education programme. The review will be take into account the applicants’ submitted records, the quality of the MA thesis (or equivalent) and research proposal, references, relevant experiences, the applicants’ submitted motivation for applying for the position, and interviews.

How to apply. The application should contain:

  • A completed application form. It may be downloaded from here .
  • A CV and a list of academic results which verify general and specific eligibility for the PhD education programme.
  • An authorized copy of your MA degree (or equivalent).
  • Academic papers from first-cycle and second-cycle levels and/or degree project.
  • A research proposal which describes the project which the applicant intend to conduct (3–5 pages excluding references).
  • Other information
    On the Department’s homepage, , there is more information about the PhD education programme at the Department of Modern Languages.

    Here you will also find information about admission requirements and guidelines for admission to doctoral study programmes.

    Regulations for doctoral students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, sections 1–7; Chapter 7, sections 34–36, and in the University’s Rules and Regulations at .

    Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

    Placement: Department of Modern Languages Uppsala Sweden

    Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
    Starting date: 01-10-2019 or as otherwise agreed.

    Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

    Scope of employment: 100 %

    For general information about the position, please contact:
    Senior faculty administrator Lars Hagborg, +46-18-471 1907,

    For further information about the position please contact:
    Torbjörn Söder, +46-18-471 1320,

    Please submit your application by 1st of August 2019, UFV-PA 2019/2160.

    Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at . You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at .

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