Doctoral Candidates in Peace and Conflict Research
Uppsala University Department of Peace and Conflict Research

2 Doctoral Candidates in Peace and Conflict Research

Published: 2021-04-23

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 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. 85 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

We are seeking to fill:

  • 1 general PhD position in peace and conflict research.
    The applicant shall submit a project plan with a proposed PhD theme related to peace and conflict research.

  • 1 PhD position in peace and conflict research with a focus on police misconduct oversight.
    The PhD candidate will be part of the ERC-financed project Variation in Institutional Oversight of Police Misconduct, led by Associate Professor Kristine Eck. This project examines how OECD democracies design oversight institutions which address police misconduct, and whether these institution impact on citizen attitudes and behavior. The PhD student is to pursue research on police misconduct oversight in OECD democracies. The successful candidate is free to define and develop their project idea within the parameters of the project, and shall submit a project plan on this topic. Proposals with experimental or quasi-experimental approaches are especially encouraged. The working language of the project is English and the PhD candidate will be expected to produce academic texts in English. Note that the project does not study the origins or variation in police misconduct, but rather institutional responses intended to mitigate misconduct. The project plan and further information is available upon request from project leader Kristine Eck,

Work description: 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: The application should preferably be in English, preferably filed on-line at the web address given below and shall include:

  • a completed application form for doctoral studies 
  • a short personal letter (1-2 pages)
  • CV
  • certified transcripts of academic records
  • a project plan (3-5 pages, excluding reference list) related to the topic specified above. If you are applying for both positions, it is possible, but not required, to submit two separate project plans. Please note, however, that the proposal for the specialized position needs to focus on that topic
  • letters of reference/recommendation (max 2 letters) or a list of references (max 2) who can be contacted
  • writing samples (1-3 samples)
  • an indication in the web-formula of whether you apply for 1) the general position, 2) the specialized position with a focus on police misconduct oversight, or 3) both the general and the specialized position.

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

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 1 January 2022, or as otherwise agreed.

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

Scope of employment: 100 %

Further information about the positions: For questions about the general position, please contact Desirée Nilsson (director of studies, DPCR PhD Program), or Hanne Fjelde (deputy director of studies, DPCR PhD Program), via the email address:

Concerning the position in peace and conflict research with a focus on police misconduct oversight, please contact: Kristine Eck, via the email address:

Please submit your application by 15 June 2021, UFV-PA 1550.

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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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

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

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 2

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Saco-rådet
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/1550

Last application date: 2021-06-15

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