Two (2) PhD student positions in Curriculum Studies
Sort on published: 2018-01-10
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Curriculum studies (Swedish/German: Didaktik, French: Didactiques) as a field of research and area of knowledge deals with matters relating to the content of education and teaching. The subject of curriculum studies is deeply rooted in both scientific traditions and teaching practices. The research questions which constitute the core of curriculum studies arise at the meeting point between specific subject-matter and teaching and learning of that subject-matter. It is therefore of interest to study, for example, the content of the teaching and what justifies the selection of that content, who the teaching is aimed at and how their learning process works, how the subject-material is handled in the teaching and who has power over the selection process.
For this PhD position applicants are welcome to submit project plans that investigate Curriculum Studies issues (from pre-school to higher education) relating to research areas that are represented at the Department of Education. For information on these areas see http://edu.uu.se/forskning/didaktik/ .
The full-time employment will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). 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. PhD students are expected to study full-time and actively participate in the department’s activities.
Qualifications: A general eligibility of 240 ECTS credits is required, 60 of which are obtained at advanced level, corresponding to four years’ full-time university studies. 90 credits should have direct relevance for curriculum studies. An applicant may also be considered qualified if s/he has acquired the corresponding competence in other ways. Language skills in Swedish are not a requirement for employment, but the candidate is expected to learn Swedish. A good command of written and oral English language is required. For further information on the requirements for general and special eligibility for studies in the field of Curriculum Studies see contacts below.
Applications should include: the relevant theses (bachelor’s and master’s theses or equivalent), a short CV stating research interests, a draft thesis plan, any publications and other relevant papers and documents that the applicant wishes to invoke. The draft thesis plan of no more than 5 pages should take up issues relevant to the proposed research topics, the discipline-related context, earlier research, the nature of the empirical data needed for the study and its methodology, as well as reflections on the relevance of the thesis project.
All documents submitted with the application should be in Swedish or English. If scientific texts that the applicant wishes to invoke are not available in any of these two languages, they can be submitted in French, German and Spanish but without any guarantee that they will be considered in the evaluation of the applications. For university guidelines for third-cycle education see: http://regler.uu.se/digitalAssets/626/c_626056-l_1-k_ufv-2006-1973-regulations-regarding-studies-at-the-graduate-level-att-uu.pdf
See also the curriculum regulating third-cycle education in curriculum studies, including the required qualifications, at
http://www.utbildningsvetenskap.uu.se/digitalAssets/500/c_500224-l_3-k_allmstudpl.utbsoc13.pdf (in Swedish)
The post-graduate training is regulated by the Faculty of Educational Sciences in “Procedures for the Admission to Doctoral Studies”, “Continuation of Employment”, Prolongation of Employment” and “Procedures for the PhD Student’s Individual Study Plan”. For more information see
A doctoral student may be employed for maximum eight years, however the length (or duration) of the employment may not exceed the equivalent to full-time doctoral studies of four years.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: April 1, 2018.
Working hours: 100 %
Type of position: Temporary full-time position
For further information about the position, please contact
Directors of studies for post-graduate education: Kajsa Bråting, email@example.com, phone +46-18-471 2297 and Marie Karlsson, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone +46-18-471 1647. Research leader Professor Leif Östman, email@example.com.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than February 11, 2018, UFV-PA 2017/4971.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Education
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 2
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/4971
Last application date: 2018-02-11