Doctoral candidate in peace and conflict research with focus on natural disasters and climate change Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research Sweden

Doctoral candidate in peace and conflict research with focus on natural disasters and climate change

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with 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 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.


The Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS) is a national center for research on natural hazards and risks that brings together social, engineering and earth scientists from different departments at Uppsala University, Swedish Defence University, and Karlstad University ( The research conducted at CNDS aims to improve the ability to prevent and deal with risks in society by raising awareness of the dynamics and consequences of natural hazards.


The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. The department hosts a dynamic research milieu and is internationally oriented. Currently approx. 70 persons are employed at the Department and some 300-400 students from around the world are enrolled every academic year. For more information, visit our website at


Work description: The PhD candidate will be part of a collaboration between the CNDS and the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR). The PhD position will be placed at the DPCR. The selected candidate will be affiliated also with the CNDS, and thus be expected to participate in and contribute to both research milieus.


The holder of the position is to pursue a project which combines research on 1) natural disasters, and /or climate change, and 2) the prevention, onset, management or resolution of conflict. The successful candidate is free to define and develop his or her own project within these parameters.


PhD candidates primarily focus on their own doctoral education. A maximum of 20% of the position may involve other administrative and educational responsibilities at the Department.


Qualifications: Employment as a PhD candidate requires acceptance into the DPCR’s PhD program, which is decided through an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the program. Information concerning applications, acceptance guidelines, and other related matters may be obtained at the Department’s homepage,


The application shall include:

1) a completed application form for doctoral studies 

2) a short personal letter (1-2 pages) 

3) CV 

4) certified transcripts of academic records 

5) a project plan (3-5 pages)

6) letters of reference/recommendation (max 2 letters) or a list of references (max 2) which can be contacted

7) writing samples (1-3 samples)


The application must be in English. The application form for doctoral studies is available at the address below, along with detailed instructions for completing the application.


Through reference to the general syllabus for graduate studies, the applicant should first ensure that s/he meets the requirements for general or special eligibility for studies in the field of peace and conflict research at the post-graduate level. Full information is available here.


Regulations concerning post-graduate students are to be found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, §§1-7, and in the University’s rules and guidelines. The latter may be found 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.


Salary: The position is fully funded. Local salary rules will apply.


Starting date: 1 November 2018, or as otherwise agreed.


Working hours: 100%


For further information about the position please contact
Giuliano Di Baldassarre (director CNDS), email Desirée Nilsson (director of studies, DPCR PhD Program)
Hanne Fjelde (PhD admission coordinator, DPCR), email


Please submit your application by 13 June 2018.UFV-PA 2018/1550.


We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.


Placement: Department of Peace and Conflict Research


Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months


Pay: Fixed pay


Number of positions: 1


Working hours: 100 %


Town: Uppsala


County: Uppsala län


Country: Sweden


Union representative: Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/1550


Last application date: 2018-06-13

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