PhD-position in Work Science University of Gothenburg, Department of Sociology and Work Science Sweden

PhD-position in Work Science


Diary id:
PAR 2018/1600
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
Department of Sociology and Work Science
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The Department of Sociology and Work Science has over 100 employees, teachers, researchers, PhD-students and administrative staff. The department carries out research, education and collaboration in a number of areas. There is research on labour markets, working life, social movements, environmental policy, migration and sociology of emotions. Courses are offered in a range of fields such as sociology, work science, criminology and human resource management. The Department also has extensive commitment to several of the University's educational programs, particularly in teacher education. Collaboration and development projects are conducted both in research and education with partners in the private and public sector.


Job assignments

The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within work science and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis. Another aim for the doctoral student is to develop an ability to apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-degree research or other professional work.



To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.


An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they has obtained 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 if they has obtained 1) a degree at the advanced level in work science or a degree at the advanced level including an independent project at advanced level specialized in work science, 2) or a degree at the advanced level in social sciences, medicine or technology including an independent project specialized in work science, 3) applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet specific entry requirements.



Applicants will be assessed based on their ability to benefit from the doctoral study program at the Department.


To this end, applicants must submit the following documents:

-Papers, degree projects and other relevant works (maximum four works), which will be assessed on in terms of ability to formulate scientific problem and purpose, previous research and choice of theoretical perspective, methodology and implementation, theory integration, interpretation and conclusions as well as academic and linguistic presentation.

-A project draft, maximum 2000 words, stating the applicant's research interest and planned focus area of their doctoral thesis. The project draft will be assessed on scientific relevance, ability to formulate scientific problems, demonstrated familiarity with previous and current research as well as feasibility within the framework of the PhD-education. The project draft also forms the basis for assessment of the Department's competences to tutor within the indicated research area.



The employment is a fixed-term employment, limited to 4 years, and is carried out on a full-time basis unless there are acceptable reasons to the contrary (minimum 50%). The position may include departmental duties corresponding up to 20% of a full-time post over the course of study. If such tasks are required, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly. Regulations on the employment as a doctoral student are given in ordinance SFS 1993:100.


Appointment procedure

As part of the appointment procedure top-ranked candidates will be interviewed.


For further information regarding the position

For information on the education program/employment, please contact Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand, coordinator of third-cycle program,, +46 31 786 4766

For information on the application procedure/admittance process, please contact human resource officer Anna Karin Wiberg,, +46 31 786 4761



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How to apply

The application shall consist of, above mentioned, papers, degree projects and other relevant works (maximum four works), a project draft and verified copies of academic transcripts and evidence of other relevant qualifications. The application may include a brief cover letter where the applicants state their motivations for applying to the position.

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, 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 selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

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