Doctoral Position in Social Anthropology University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies Sweden

Doctoral Position in Social Anthropology


Diary id:
PAR 2017/1572
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
School of Global Studies
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At the School of Global Studies, research in Social Anthropology is conducted on a host of themes related to the cultural and social phenomena of today’s globalized world. Topics include climate change, migration, religion, gender, cultural heritage, economy, health and indigenous peoples. Traditionally, extended periods of fieldwork and participatory observation have been hallmarks of the discipline. Its research methods explore how the practices and experiences of people’s everyday lives interplay with overarching social processes.


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The purpose of undertaking doctoral studies is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting independent research within Social Anthropology. This position consists of one year of coursework and culminates in the production of a dissertation which makes a significant and original contribution to the research field. The knowledge and skills that are acquired should be applicable to postdoctoral research or other professional work. The doctoral position begins on August 2018 and covers four years (full-time equivalent, fixed term). The doctoral candidate may undertake departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time position. If they do so, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly. The appointment covers tuition costs plus salary as an employee of the University of Gothenburg.




Applicants must fulfil both general and specific entry requirements.


An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they have obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):


1. a degree at the second-cycle level,
2. at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
3. largely equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad.


An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they have obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40) at least 90 higher education credits in the field of  Social Anthropology or equivalent.


Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements.




In accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be selected based on an assessment of their ability to benefit from the study programme and on the Department’s resources for offering supervision. The applicant’s skills, experience, creativity and excellence in research are also assessed on the basis of:


1. A research proposal (max 2,000 words plus references) that describes the applicant's research interests and the planned focus of his/her doctoral thesis. The applicant’s ability to formulate a research problem in relation to earlier research, and his/her familiarity with and handling of methodological and theoretical issues will be assessed.               

2. A Master's thesis, academic papers and/or other relevant works. These will be used to assess the applicant’s ability to formulate and delimit research tasks and present and analyze research results.

3. A CV summarizing relevant work experience, language proficiency and other skills.

4. Grades achieved in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

5. Interviews will be held with shortlisted applicants.


Decisions on the shortlist will be made in April and final decisions in May.


The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at the third-cycle level. This decision cannot be appealed.


For further information regarding the position


Lisa Åkesson, Associate Professor, +46 (0) 31-786 5336,



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: 


How to apply


In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to set up an account through our online recruitment system. The application must include:


1) A research proposal of maximum 2,000 words (+ references). 

2) A Master’s thesis and/or any other relevant papers or publications. Submitted texts must be written in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.

3) A CV.

4) Copies of diplomas and/or academic transcripts verifying that the general and specific entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.


Reference letters can be submitted by the applicant, but are not mandatory.


Successful candidates will be assigned a supervisor when they begin the programme. This means that there is no need for applicants to contact potential supervisors before applying.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete.  No changes or additions are allowed after the final submission date.


For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact 

Closing date: 6 of February 2018

The University of Gothenburg upholds a strong policy of equal opportunities in order to guarantee equality and diversity among employees.


Salaries for doctoral students are regulated through a local agreement at the University.


Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the final decision about employment has been made. 

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