Doctoral candidate in peace and conflict research with focus on the consequences of election related violence Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research Sweden

Doctoral candidate in peace and conflict research with focus on the consequences of election related violence

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 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 project led by Associate Professor Hanne Fjelde. The project, funded by a Wallenberg Academy fellowship, examines how electoral violence influences the probability of democratic transition and consolidation, as well as the risk of authoritarian reversals.


The holder of the position is to pursue a project that studies the consequences of electoral violence for democratic outcomes – broadly defined. This may include, but is not restricted to, the impact of electoral violence on individual attitudes and behaviour; consequences of electoral violence for women’s participation in electoral democracy; the role of civil society in mitigating harmful effects of electoral violence on democratic governance; or electoral violence in post-conflict societies.


The successful candidate is free to define and develop his or her own project within the broad parameters of the project. A project plan and further information is available upon request (from project leader Hanne Fjelde,


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 be filed on-line at the web address given below and 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) related to the topic specified above

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
Desirée Nilsson (director of studies, DPCR PhD Program) or Hanne Fjelde (PhD admission coordinator, DPCR), email


Please submit your application by 13 June 2018. UFV-PA 2018/1551.


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 2018/1551


Last application date: 2018-06-13

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