Doctoral student in sociology (4+1 positions) Uppsala University, Department of Sociology Sweden

Doctoral student in sociology (4+1 positions)


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 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.


Uppsala University welcomes applications for four doctoral student positions in sociology based at the Department of Sociology.


One further doctoral position will be appointed with an emphasis in sociology devoted to the politics and social life in Russia and the post-Soviet space, placed at IRES Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University see: Basic knowledge of Russian/Eurasian society, proficiency in Russian and/or in another official language of the post-Soviet space are required for this position. 


The Department seeks to appoint candidates with excellent academic merits who can demonstrate their potential for research in any area of sociology.


The doctoral education programme includes obligatory and elective courses. For further information on the Ph.D. program see:


The Department of Sociology offers opportunities for developing research as part of the established research groups


The position of doctoral candidate is demanding in scholarly terms and the Department of Sociology wishes to appoint candidates who can thrive in and contribute to the Department’s research environment. Personal qualities that are desirable in a doctoral candidate include good communication and time management skills, flexibility and ability to work in harmony with co-workers. An excellent command of written and spoken English are requirements for all five PhD positions.


To be admitted to the Ph.D. program basic as well as specific qualifications are required. To meet the basic qualifications applicants must have a degree at an advanced level, or to demonstrate some equivalent and equal form of knowledge. The specific qualification requires an applicant to have at least 90 credits in sociology or equivalent in order to be considered eligible (or to demonstrate equivalent and equal knowledge). To be accepted, the applicant must be deemed to have the capacity to finish the doctoral program.


The application must include:

  1. Application form

  2. An attested copy of relevant degree(s)

  3. Research plan (see below)

  4. Copies of texts that illustrate the candidate’s scholarly abilities (theses, articles etc.)

  5. A covering letter that explains the candidate’s motivation for the application

  6. The names of two referees who we can approach regarding the candidate’s academic and personal abilities


Research plan:
A short research plan of about 2000 words should describe the sociological topic of the proposed doctoral thesis should be included in the application. The plan should briefly review previous research, formulate a research problem and aim, and present the potential theoretical perspectives and methodological approach to be adopted. The applicants will be ranked based on the quality of the research plan and the materials that they submit with their applications. The research plan is used not only to test applicants’ capacity to structure a research project (in relation to sociological theory and existing research as well as decide on appropriate methods to answer the research questions that the plan poses), but also to get an idea of the applicant’s research interest. For more information about the research plan, see the document:


Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.


The admission will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s capacity to successfully finish the program. The evaluation is based on the applicant’s academic record as documented in the submitted texts and the research plan.


Candidates should be available for interview, either in person or via Skype, on April 15th or April 16th 2019.


Economic conditions: 
Successful candidates will be awarded employment as doctoral candidates for a full period of four years, starting 2019-09-02 or as otherwise agreed. Salary will be paid according with the guidelines of Uppsala University.


Contact the following for further information:
Director of Graduate studies, Professor mailto:, phone +46 18 471 51 83, or the Head of Department, Professor mailto:, phone +46 18 471 14 84. For the position with an emphasis on politics and social life in Russia and the post-Soviet space research Director of IRES Claes Levinsson:,  or Associate Professor Ann-Mari Sätre, Research Director at IRES: 018-471 16 60


You are welcome to submit your application no later than 1 April of 2019, UFV-PA 2019/776.


Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.


Placement: Department of Sociology

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 County

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko University Club
Saco Council
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/776

Last application date: 2019-04-01

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