Doctoral Studentship Positions in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg

PhD

Deadline : February 2, 2020 .  

The Department of Political Science has an open climate that encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialisation include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalisation, environmental politics and European studies. The Department hosts research programmes such as the QoG Institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), Governance and Local Development (GLD) and the Swedish National Election Studies Programme. We offer degree programmes at undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral level, as well as freestanding courses. Education is provided in both Swedish and English. We have a total of 1 400 students and a staff of about 140. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg.

The Department of Political Science is currently looking for qualified and motivated individuals for up to four doctoral studentship positions (PhD students) in Political Science.

Benefits

Type of employment: 4 years
Extent: 100% (full-time)
Location: Department of Political Science, Gothenburg
First Day of Employment: 2020-09-01

  • Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships.
  • Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.
  • The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.
  • Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Eligibility

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 (PhD) studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):
    1. a degree at the second-cycle level (MA level, or equivalent),
    2. at least 240 higher education (university) credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
    3. largely equivalent knowledge acquired in other ways in Sweden or abroad.
  • In Sweden, 240 university credits equal four years of successfully completed full-time studies.
  • According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40, an applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle (PhD) studies if he/she has obtained at least 60 higher education credits (one year of full-time studies) in Political Science or has equivalent qualifications.
  • Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements.
  • Finally, although not a formal requirement, we encourage successful applicants to acquire sufficient competency in the Swedish language to be able to actively participate in seminars and other activities at the Department, within a two-year period.

Application

According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programmes and on the Department’s supervisory resources. We will base this assessment primarily on the following:

  1. Relevant work, which will be assessed in terms of ability to formulate, delimit and analyse research tasks and present research results.
  2. A draft of the intended research project stating the applicant’s research interest(s) and planned focus area of his/her doctoral thesis. In addition, the project draft must demonstrate familiarity with previous and current research as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems. Maximum 2500 words (approx. 6 pages).
  3. Academic transcripts.
  4. Previous merits.
  5. The selection process may include interviews
  6. Applicants may be asked to provide letters of recommendation

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