This announcement is for two PhD-positions within the framework graduate school – Finding paths in a time of major future challenges (FinnFram) – focused on career learning, career guidance and transitions between school, tertiary education, and employment.
The Department of Education is one of the largest departments at Stockholm University within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Education is an academic discipline in which formal and non-formal education, development, and learning are studied in relation to cultural and societal contexts. The Department conducts research in different areas, which are presented on the Research Groups at the Department of Education page.
The graduate school accepts a total of 9 doctoral students at Umeå, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö University. Applicants are encouraged to send their application to several of these higher education institutions (announcement times may vary). FinnFram is a cohesive multidisciplinary graduate school on an international basis, where doctoral students with backgrounds in different disciplines can be intergrated, and where doctoral students will be given the best conditions to contribute to the Swedish and international research front. The planned start for the graduate school is the spring semester 2022.
The graduate school’s focus on career learning, career guidance and transitions indicates a thematic focus on research that in various ways contributes to an increased understanding of urgent educational and working life issues in our time. The graduate school focuses on three themes of fundamental importance for meeting challenges in policy, school and working life:
- Individuals’ direction and choices during a considerable social and working life transformation- especially with regard to groups whom are at risk of not being helped by existing structures, as well as young people in diverse local contexts.
- Well developed, research-based institutional support for individuals’ career learning and career development in education and counseling.
- Analysis and evaluation of national and local policies and measures to prevent and deal with problems related to transitions, during and upon completing secondary education.
Within the framework of this general focus, there is thus a wide range of current topics for those who are interested in education policy, young people’s and young adults ‘ educational choices and working life establishment or study and career counsellors’ professional practices. Further information about the graduate school’s focus and activities can be found on the graduate school’s website: www.umu.se/forskning/utbildning-pa-forskarniva/forskarskolor/finnfram/.
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 Education stipulates that applicants must have:
- completed courses equivalent to at least 90 Swedish higher education credits and a thesis of at least 15 credits, in one of the following subject areas: education, international and comparative education, didactics, subject specific didactics, child and youth studies, special education, pedagogical work; or a teaching degree equivalent to at least 180 Swedish higher education credits, including a thesis of at least 15 credits; or a Bachelor of Arts in Study and Career Guidance, including a thesis of at least 15 credits; or completed courses equivalent to at least 90 Swedish higher education credits in a relevant subject within the Social Sciences or Humanities, including a thesis of at least 15 credits. The thesis should, in every case, address a relevant problem related to educational issues, theories, and methods.
- English language proficiency, which will be tested during the admissions
The General and Special Admissions Criteria must be fulfilled by the closing date of the admissions round.
The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training during 48 months (equivalent to four years full-time). Special attention will be given to results from previous studies, documented in the form of one independent research project on the Master’s level. The thesis must be written originally in either English or Swedish (or an official translation into one of these language). The applicant may also submit one published peer reviewed article.
The applicant should present their research plan in relation to the aim of the graduate school outlined above. In the research plan, the applicant should develop a well-supported research question and argue in favour of possible choices concerning theory and methods for the study. Along with previous academic paper/s, this research plan provides the basis for assessing the applicant’s capacity to benefit from the training.
The quality of the submitted research plan will be a major factor in the selection and ranking of applications done by the faculty members at the Department of Education. The assessment will be performed anonymously, i.e. the faculty members do not have access to the identity of the applicant. The selection criteria are based upon the:
- Stringency of the research question and analysis of earlier work and of the research plan
- Familiarity with the research area of the intended research plan
- Methodological and theoretical understanding and the degree to which reflexivity is reached in the texts
- The qualities of planned research in relation to what it contributes to the discipline
- The intended study’s prospective ethical implications and possibility of an ethical review
- Ability to express themselves both written and verbally in an academic setting
- The planned study’s feasibility within the allotted time.
References will be checked and short-listed candidates will be interviewed – the interviews will be held in Swedish and followed up by a short written assignment to be conducted in English.
Admission regulations at Stockholm University are available at www.su.se/rules and regulations.
The guidelines for application at the Department of Education are available at: www.edu.su.se/english/research/phd-programme-in-education.
Terms of employment
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. Please note that doctoral studies are only offered on campus (not through distance learning).
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.
For more information, please contact our director of PhD studies, Matilda Wiklund, telephone: +46 8 1207 62 33, email@example.com, or the PhD-administration, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, email@example.com, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (SEKO), and PhD student representative, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for the 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 proficiency in Academic English
- Contact details for 2–3 references
and, in addition, please include the following documents
- A cover letter in which you present yourself and why you are interested in the graduate school
- CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses and optional peer-reviewed article
- Research proposal (no more than 5 pages excluding references) describing:
- the research question you will examine/investigate and which scientific method/s will be used
- how your planned study relates to one or more research groups at the department www.edu.su.se/english/research/research-groups
- the relevance of the project in relation to the research field, and the planned theoretical perspective/s
- briefly point out the research objectives in relation to a systematic research summary
- Certified degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
- Degree project/thesis (no more than 1 file) written, originally, in either English or Swedish (or an official translation into either language). You may submit a peer-reviewed article (no more than 1 file).
The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.
We welcome your application!