at the Department of Sociology with placement at the Swedish Institute for Social research. Closing date: 1 March 2021.

The Department of sociology, founded 1954, offers a lively and collaborative research environment with a strong international research profile. The department is especially competitive in the areas of demography, ethnic relations and migration, gender, family sociology, political sociology, social policy regimes, social networks and social stratification. Masters and doctoral programs offered at the department are taught in English and attract applicants from all over Europe. At present members of the department, include doctoral students, post-docs and faculty from at least 15 different countries.

The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)  is also included in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Institute has about 90 employees and conducts research in social policy, welfare, inequality and labor markets.

The Department of Sociology, in collaboration with the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University hereby invites applications for a doctoral position in sociology with placement at SOFI.

Project description
The position is connected to the comparative social policy research carried out at SOFI and will be part of the research project Political and distributive consequences of the de-carbonized welfare state, funded by the Swedish Research Council (Dnr. 2020-02510 ). The PhD thesis is expected to align with the project’s main aim of mapping and explaining the interplay between decarbonization and welfare polices in a comparative and longitudinal perspective. For more information about the project see Profile – Kenneth Nelson. The dissertation project will include quantitative analyses of large data materials.

Qualification requirements
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.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications. The faculty board may under certain circumstances exempt applicants from the basic admission requirements.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in both Swedish and English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project/thesis, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position and project/research proposal.

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

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.

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 Kenneth Nelson,, telephone: +46 8 16 74 28.

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

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 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
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 1000 words, excl. references) describing: – your intended field of study and how you plan to execute your research
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

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

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 01/03/2021