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PhD Student Position in Education – Uppsala University, Sweden, 2022


Department of Education (EDU) invites applications for a PhD Student to develop knowledge of the processes, both formal and informal, through which people are formed and change in different social, cultural and institutional contexts, such as preschool, school, family, leisure time, working life and higher education, Uppsala University, Sweden – 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Education (EDU)

Uppsala University, Sweden


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Qualification Details

In order to be eligible for PhD studies in Education at Uppsala university the following requirements need to be met: a) completion of an advanced level degree b) fulfillment of the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits awarded at the advanced level, and c) have completed courses of at least 90 credits in Education, or the equivalent in some other form in Sweden or abroad. Proficiency in Swedish is not a requirement for employment, but the applicant is expected to learn Swedish, and must have an excellent command of spoken and written English.

Responsibilities/Job Description

As a PhD student you will mainly be working within one of the following research groups in Education: STEP, CLIP or PS.

Studies in Educational Policy and Educational Philosophy (STEP) performs studies on professions and governance, management and evaluation of educational processes and learning in educational institutions and working life. The selection, organization and legitimization of knowledge, values and identities are analyzed. Specific attention is given to the interplay between different levels and between education policy and practice, in relation to globalization, migration, digitalization and the so-called knowledge-based society.

Studies in Childhood, Learning and Identities as Interactional Practices (CLIP) studies social interaction, learning, and identity processes with a specific interest in the study of children’s and young people’s everyday life, social relations and learning in preschool and school, digital practices, multilingualism, mobility and spatiality. The research also encompasses the perspectives of professionals, learning in professional education and workplace interaction.

Pedagogics and Special Needs (PS) is focusing on central questions related to inclusion and support measures, especially within the framework of school and preschool but also in other arenas. The research encompasses theoretical analyses and conceptual investigations, broad empirical surveys, as well as analysis of and interventions in specific learning environments. In focus are questions related to professions, the relationship policy-practice, pedagogical-philosophical questions and the shaping of pedagogical practices.

More information about the research groups in Education can be found at the department website: https://edu.uu.se/research/education/.

The full-time employment will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). PhD students are expected to study full-time and actively participate in the department’s activities. Departmental duties (typically teaching and administration) at a level of at most 20% can be included in the position, in which case the employment period will be extended beyond the four years.

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How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: UFV-PA 2022/493

Application Procedure

completed and signed application form https://mp.uu.se/documents/432512/983501/ansokan_forskarniva_eng_210308.pdf/19fc6cf6-9a77-75d0-0f1d-9ef607b501cb one copy of relevant degree theses (bachelor's thesis and master's thesis or equivalent), a short CV with any publications, degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements, as well as other documents or merits that the applicant wants to highlight. The application shall also include a short description (2 to 3 pages) of the applicant's planned research focus with a research plan (including research question(s), the discipline-related context, earlier research, the nature of the data needed for the study and its methodology, as well as reflections on the relevance of the thesis project) and why the applicant is interested in pursuing doctoral studies.

All documents submitted with the application should be in Swedish or English. All attached documentation in other languages than Swedish and English, should be officially translated into English.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of Education (EDU) provides research and study programmes at doctoral, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as contract education, in the research subjects Curriculum Studies, Education, and Sociology of Education. At EDU there are several Master programmes. EDU has around 300 employees, of which 200 are teachers/researchers, 70 are doctoral students and 30 are administrators. More information about the department is available at http://www.edu.uu.se/.

The science of Education aims to develop knowledge of the processes, both formal and informal, through which people are formed and change in different social, cultural and institutional contexts, such as preschool, school, family, leisure time, working life and higher education. Education is concerned with different aspects of upbringing, socialization, education, learning, teaching as well as the prerequisites for and implementation of other social processes. Questions investigated include, for example, how and why different forms of values, knowledge and skills are produced, sustained and change within and across generations, groups and individuals.

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Note or Other details

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7Salary according to local agreement for PhD students. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1 September 2022. Placement: Uppsala.

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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact: Director of PhD studies: Gunilla Lindqvist, [email protected], phone 018-471 3813. Professor Ann-Carita Evaldsson, [email protected], phone 070-4250111.

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