The Department of Sociology is one of Stockholm University’s biggest social science departments and is continuously ranked among the top 50 sociology departments in the world. The Swedish Institute for Social Research, SOFI, is an internationally leading multi-disciplinary research institute with about 100 employees, its main research areas being social policy, welfare, inequality and the labour market.
The PhD position is located at the institute’s Social Policy unit.
The PhD position is part of the research programme “Sustainable synergies”. The aim of the programme is to study how the welfare system can be developed to support a sustainable working life for everyone, based on both internationally comparative research and in-depth analyses of Sweden. In focus are the working-life transitions individuals make during their life-course, and the programme will examine how the interplay between different social policies can support successful transitions for different groups in the labour market.
The PhD candidate’s research will be part of a work package on one particular working-life transition: career interruptions due to further education and training. Together with senior colleagues, the PhD candidate will here use quantitative research methods to work on e.g. the interrelationships between different forms of training, between training and other social policies, and how these relationships may affect participants’ subsequent working life. These issues can be examined using data from many countries or from a single country, and using individual- as well as country-level data.
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 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: i) the quality of the candidates’ education, ii) earlier publications and other scientific qualifications, and iii) the originality, feasibility and potential sociological contribution of the PhD research plan. The assessment will be based on courses and grades, degree projects/theses, references, relevant experience, the research plan for the PhD thesis, and interviews.
Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules 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 professor Tomas Korpi, telephone: +46 8 16 31 49, email@example.com.
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, firstname.lastname@example.org, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (SEKO), and PhD student representative, email@example.com.
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.
- A research plan for the PhD thesis of no more than 2000 words describing:
– why you are interested in the research described in the advertisement
– how you wish to complete the research
– what makes you suitable for the position in question
Note that the plan is considered a draft rather than a definitive plan for dissertation work.
- 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: 01/10/2023