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

1 Doctoral Candidate in Peace and Conflict Research with Focus on Forecasting Climate-Related Complex Emergencies and Population Displacement

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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 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. 80 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:

  • One PhD position in peace and conflict research with focus on forecasting climate-related complex emergencies and population displacement.

Work description: The PhD candidate will be part of a project led by Håvard Hegre and Nina von Uexkull. The project is a sub-component of the MISTRA Geopolitics research program. A summary of the project and its deliverables is given here.

The holder of the position is to pursue a project that uses machine-learning methods to forecast complex emergencies and related migration flows. The project should include the development of 1) a measurement model for forced population displacement/out-migration, and 2) a forecasting model of displacement/out-migration based on the ViEWS infrastructure. Beyond that, the successful candidate is free to define and develop his or her own project within the parameters of the project as described here.

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. All teaching at the Department, as well as most seminars and meetings, are in English.

Qualifications: Employment as a PhD candidate requires acceptance into the DPCR’s PhD programme, which is decided through an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the programme. 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 and filed on-line. 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 postgraduate level. Full information is available here.  

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), mainly focusing on the parts of the project that the candidate will develop on his/her own

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)

Regulations concerning postgraduate 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: The position is fully funded. Local salary rules will apply.

Start date: 1 January 2021, 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 position: For general questions about the admission process, please contact Marie Allansson (PhD programme administrator, DPCR) (

For questions concerning the position on “forecasting climate-related complex emergencies and population displacement” or the MISTRA sub-project, please contact Nina von Uexkull ( or Håvard Hegre (

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

Please submit your application by 26 August 2020, UFV-PA 2020/2614.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

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: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Saco-rådet
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/2614

Last application date: 2020-08-26

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