One Doctoral Candidate Position In Education

Göteborg University
March 20, 2023
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The University of Gothenburg tackles society's challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg, carries out stimulating research and runs courses at basic and advanced levels within education and special education areas. The Department is organized in five administrative divisions: Education and Society , Educational Measurement and Assessment , Educational Leadership , Special Education , and Language Didactic and Testing.

For further information about the Department of Education and Special Education: https: // www.

The Department of Education and Special Education is now announcing one doctoral candidate position in Education (Swe: Pedagogik). The doctoral student will be admitted to the doctoral program at the Department of Education and Special Education and placed in the Education and Society division. The division has a research interest in education from a social theoretical perspective. This includes questions related to the impact of societal and structural conditions, and governance of education, teaching, and upbringing, as well as the relationships between education and professional work. Examples of different research projects in this tradition can be found within two of the department's research environments, Politics in Education (POP) and Critical Theories (CRIT).

For more information about Politics in Education (POP): https: // www.

For more information about Critical Theories (CRIT): https: // www.

For more information about the doctoral program in Education at the University of Gothenburg, please check: https: // www. education/doctoral-studies

You can also find general information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg on the university's doctoral student pages:

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Job assignments

The successful applicant will get a four-year employment as doctoral candidate and engage in doctoral studies at the Department of Education and Special Education. In collaboration with the supervisors, the doctoral candidate will formulate and accomplish a doctoral thesis (155 higher education credit points) as well as take courses at doctoral level (85 higher education credit points) in accordance with both a general and an individual study plan. During the doctoral period, the dissertation will be presented and discussed in seminars with invited discussants on at least three occasions. The doctoral student will be a member of a research environment at the Department and divisions. The department encourages and supports the dissemination of the dissertation at national and international conferences.

Doctoral education comprises four years of full-time study that leads to a doctoral degree. As part of the employment, you may do departmental duties for to up to 20 % of full-time employment, which can be distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at undergraduate and advanced levels. They may also be research assistant or administrative work. The doctoral employment can thus be extended depending on the amount of time a doctoral candidate involves in the departmental duties.


To be eligible for admittance to doctoral studies in the research field of special education, conditions for both basic eligibility and special eligibility should be met. In addition, the applicant should be able to show that he/she has the necessary ability to complete the education.

The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are:

  • having completed a degree at Master level, or
  • the fulfilment of course requirements with a total of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at Master level, or the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad.
  • The specific entry requirements for this subject, according to the general syllabus, are:

  • At least 90 higher education credits in Education, of which at least 30 credits have to be completed in the main field of study including an independent project of 15 credits.

  • Anyone who in any other way within or outside the country has acquired equivalent knowledge is also eligible.

  • Assessment criteria

    A selection among applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will, according to the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, be made with regard to the admission group's assessment of the subject's relevance to the department and of the applicant's ability to assimilate the doctoral program.

    The selection is based on the following assessment criteria:

  • quality in qualifying degree project (or equivalent document)
  • the quality of the submitted research plan
  • The assessment basis also includes the department's ability to offer supervision in the area in which the applicant intends to complete his or her research education. In accordance with the doctoral student rules at the University of Gothenburg, only doctoral students who can be offered supervision can be admitted to postgraduate education. Great importance is also attached to the fact that the applicant, through his / her dissertation, can actively be part of one of the research environments at the department.

    Admission takes place in competition based on an overall assessment of the applicants' submitted documents. The assessment of the applicant's ability to assimilate the doctoral program will be indicative. Central to this assessment are the results of previous essays and degree projects as well as a clearly formulated research plan in which the applicant presents his or her planned dissertation area. The research plan for the dissertation is assessed on the basis of its scientific relevance and whether it addresses motivated and researchable questions and states adequate forms for implementation. If more than one author is available for qualifying work, the applicant's individual contributions must be clarified.

    The applications are prepared by an admission group whose task is to rank the applications. Interviews with a selection of applicants can be conducted. Decisions on admission are made by the head of department.

    The department will primarily consider those of the applicants who, after an overall assessment, are considered to have the best conditions to take advantage of the doctoral program, including the department's ability to offer supervision.

    Opportunity to have previous education or professional activities credited for postgraduate education may not, in selection, give the applicant priority over other applicants (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 41).

    Guidelines for research plan

    The research plan must be an overview of the dissertation project that the applicant intends to work on during his / her research at the doctoral level (maximum 5 A4 pages excl. Reference list) and should contain the following headings. Background and purpose, Previous research, Theoretical starting points, Method, and References.


    Once admitted to doctoral studies, you will be employed as a doctoral candidate at the University of Gothenburg. The first appointment as a doctoral candidate may be for a maximum of one year, and the employment can then be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may be employed for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time employment for four years.

    The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100.

    Form of employment: Temporary employment, corresponding to 4 years of full- time studies

    Scope: 100%

    Placement: Division of Special Education, Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg

    Access: 1st of September 2023 or by agreement.

    Record number: PAR 2023/252

    The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.

    Selection process

    Applications are prepared by an admissions group, decisions on admissions are made by the head of department. More information about admission to the doctoral programs at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:https: // www.

    Contact information

    Stefan Johansson, Director of the doctoral studies, +46 (0) 31-786 2134, [email protected]

    Marianne Strömberg, Head of the Education and Society Unit: [email protected]

    Kajsa Yang Hansen, Head of the Department for doctoral studies: kajsa.yang- [email protected]

    If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Emma Hallberg, [email protected]


    Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:

    https: // www.


    You can apply this announced doctoral candidate position via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.

    Register your application electronically under "Apply online". The application should contain the following:

  • Personal letter with a short description of relevant background, max one A4 page
  • Curriculum Vitae / Curriculum Vitae
  • Study documentation that proves the basic and special qualifications (Excerpt from LADOK or other study documentation register)
  • Essay / degree project comprising at least 15 credits at advanced level and a further maximum of one research-related text (e.g., article, report, etc.)
  • Research plan, maximum five A4 pages (see guidelines below and under the heading assessment basis)
  • References (optional)
  • Other qualifications the applicant wishes to invoke
  • The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and that it is received by the university no later than the last day for application. Application documents must, as far as possible, be digitized.

    Scientific publications, publications and the like that are not available in electronic form must be marked with a reference number and sent to:

    Emma Hallberg

    Göteborgs universitet

    Inst. för pedagogik och specialpedagogik

    Box 300

    405 30 Göteborg

    Applications must be recieved by: 2023-03-20

    The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

    Salaries are set individually at the University.

    In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden's regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

    In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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