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Ph.D. student position in Astronomy Education Research at Stockholm Uni, Sweden 2022


Ph.D. student position in Astronomy Education Research is available master’s degree candidates in Education at the Department of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm University, Sweden 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Teaching and Learning

Stockholm University (SU), Sweden


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Qualification Details

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of science education focused on higher education stipulates that applicants must:

  • Have approved courses equivalent to 180 higher education credits at second-cycle level in a science discipline, including thesis work for at least 15 higher education credits.
  • Have approved courses equivalent to 30 higher education credits at second-cycle level in the area of science education, including thesis work for at least 15 higher education credits.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

Completed teacher training and/or courses in astronomy are seen as a distinct advantage.

Selection The selection of applicants who fulfil the entry requirements for third-cycle studies in science education is the applicant’s capacity to complete such studies. The selection is made by the department board based on the following:

1. General previous education. The assessment takes into consideration the depth and broadness of previous education.

2. Earlier scientific production. On the basis of first-cycle and second-cycle degree projects and other scientific production, the applicant’s capacity for completion is assessed according to critical ability, analytical ability, creativity, independence and scientific diligence. The assessment also takes into account the time aspect, i.e. the extent to which the applicant has demonstrated the ability to complete previous scientific assignments within given time frames. Assessment is also made of the applicant’s academic development from comparison between scientific productions.

3. Cooperative ability. The applicant’s cooperative ability is assessed based on references, certificates, interviews etc.

In the selection of applicants to the third-cycle programme the department board considers the regulations of the Faculty of Humanities.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Research into teaching and learning in astronomy is a relatively young field and the majority of work thus far has focused on school-level teaching and learning such as understanding of the solar system in terms of planetary motion, phases of moon, seasons, etc. However, this PhD position focuses on teaching and learning in undergraduate and postgraduate astronomy. The position in the Department of Teaching and Learning is paired with another PhD position in the Department of Astronomy. Both students read a number of courses together and will work around the theme of observation and visualization of galaxies.

It is envisaged that the successful candidate at the Department of Teaching and Learning will initially audit the range of representations generated and used in the observation and visualization of galaxies, with the goal of better understanding how these representations can facilitate or hinder student learning. This work could then be followed up with classroom observations, interviews or questionnaires as deemed appropriate.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: SU FV-1380-22

Application Procedure

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter (max 1000 words) where you describe why you are interested in pursuing doctoral studies and why you are interested in the post.
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses.
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files).
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).
  • Letters of recommendation and other merits that the applicant wants to highlight (no more than 6 files)

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of Teaching and Learning has 288 employees. The science education research section comprises of approximately 20 people; two full professors, a number of senior researchers and nine PhD students. Science education research covers curriculum and classroom interaction studies in biology, physics and chemistry. The research concerns, for example, identity perspectives, education for sustainable development, semiotic resources, laboratory work, sex education, public education at museum, and science learning in multilingual school settings.

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Note or Other details

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Expected starting date: 1 September 2022.

More information about PhD studies at Stockholm University can be found here:

Union representatives Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, [email protected], Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, [email protected][email protected] (SEKO), and PhD student representative, [email protected].

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Contact details

Contact For more information, please contact Professor John Airey telephone +46 761 19 31 88, [email protected] or director of postgraduate education, Eva Norén telephone +46 8 120 766 29, [email protected].

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