Phd Student In Subject Matter Education With Specialization - Mathematics.

Göteborg University
April 03, 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.

At The Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, there are approximately 160 employees. The department's overall profile is characterized by an interest in teaching and learning in and outside of school. The department's most extensive activity is teacher education, and we conduct education at education at master's and doctoral level.

The Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies constitutes one of the strongest didactic environments in the Nordic countries. We conduct research, teaching and collaboration on issues that concern teaching and learning. A common interest at the department is, through education and research on higher education, schools and classrooms, to develop knowledge that contributes to a more equal and sustainable society.

An important part of the department's work is teacher education, research, and developmental work that concerns schools and teacher education. School-related work is often conducted in collaboration with, for example, the National Agency for Education (Skolverket), municipalities and individual schools. The department is responsible for the primary school teacher education and supplementary teacher education. The department also offers two master's programmes, one in General and subject-matter education, and one international programme in Education for sustainable development (ESD).

Research at the department is organized into three main research environments:

Didactic classroom studies: where teaching, learning and the content of these processes are observed and studied.

Critical education research : which concerns education as a social and political institution and includes studies of knowledge processes, educational reforms and teaching professions. Interest is directed towards how the education system handles issues of education and democracy in connection with societal challenges.

Phenomenography, variation theory and learning study: focuses on opportunities for improvement in learning a specific subject content. The research investigates what the necessary conditions for learning are, in terms of content, and how they can be created in e.g. teaching.

The Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies offers one or several full-time PhD positions in subject matter education with specialization in mathematics.

This announcement is part of the department's work to strengthen the department's research environments and to develop the function within the department of subject matter education with specialization in mathematics. In the mathematics didactic department, research is conducted on: a structural approach to teaching basic arithmetic; teaching based on different communicative models; teacher students' learning from teaching basic arithmetic; and teaching statistics at university level. There are great opportunities to participate as a doctoral student in one of the department's ongoing research projects.

Information about what it means to be a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's website https: // www.


Subject matter education with specialization is a third-cycle subject focusing on the study of teaching and learning in relation to some specific content, generally associated with a particular school subject, university discipline or professional practice. Research in subject matter education involves the study of the preconditions for, and relationships between, teaching and learning. Examples of specializations are foreign language education, mathematics education, mother tongue (Swedish) education, science education, social studies education, technology education and sustainable development.

Job assignments

Those who are admitted to postgraduate education are granted a four-year doctoral position at the department. Information about PhD education is given here: https: // www. studies/doctoral-studies As well as engaging in doctoral studies, the PhD student is expected to become involved in one of the department's research areas. In addition to this, the applicant may be required to fulfil duties relating to education, research, and administrative work in accordance with special provisions of the regulations in the Higher Education Ordinance (max 20 %). The employment is then extended by the corresponding amount of time.


The requirements for admission are that the applicant meets the general and specific entry requirements and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to complete the doctoral studies.

A candidate meets the general entry requirements for doctoral studies if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second- cycle, or
  • has acquired substantively equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.
  • Specific entry requirements for subject matter education with specializations

    One of the following alternatives is required:

  • Teaching qualification, of which courses corresponding to at least 60 credits, within relevant area of knowledge within subject matter education, and an independent project (degree project) comprising at least 15 credits awarded in the second-cycle.
  • At least 90 higher education credits, of which at least 30 are higher education credits awarded in the second-cycle, within a relevant area of knowledge within subject matter education, including an independent project (degree project) comprising at least 15 higher education credits awarded in the second-cycle.
  • Eligible applicants also include those who have acquired substantively equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.


    Selection of applicants from among those who meet the basic and specific eligibility requirements is made based on the ability of the applicants to complete the doctoral studies. In the assessment, we pay special attention to documented qualifications regarding:

  • the quality of the qualifying thesis
  • the quality of the submitted research plan (see Application Procedure)
  • A great deal of importance is also attached to whether the applicant's thesis work can be supported by and contribute to one of the three research environments at the department.


    When accepted to study at research level, you will receive a doctoral position at the University of Gothenburg.

    The position is a temporary position of four years according to the Higher Education Ordinance with an extent of 100 %. The employment is located at the University of Gothenburg, at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning. First day of employment is by agreement.

    Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral positions. Those appointed to doctoral positions will primarily devote themselves to their studies. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time studies for four years. The position may include departmental duties, such as teaching or administration, corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time post over the course of study. If such tasks are carried out, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.

    The University applies the current local agreement on the salaries of graduate students.

    Appointment procedure

    Applications are processed by an admission group whose task is to rank the applications. Applicants who are short-listed may be called to interview. Decisions on admission are taken by the head of department. In accordance with the doctoral study regulations at the University of Gothenburg, only doctoral students who can be offered supervision are admitted to postgraduate education.

    For further information regarding the position

    Questions concerning the PhD studies may be directed to Assistant Head of Department, Doctoral Studies, Anna Lyngfelt ([email protected]) phone: +46 (0)31-786 22 48 or Eva Nyberg ([email protected]) phone: +46 (0)31-786 23 10. Questions concerning the position may be directed to Sarah Mollberg ([email protected])


    Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: https: // www. gothenburg/how-to-apply

    How to apply

    In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Register your application electronically under “Apply online”.

    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.

    The following documents have to be included in the application:

  • Personal letter with a short description of relevant background, one A4-page
  • A Curriculum Vitae;
  • Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents that demonstrate that the general and specific entry requirements are met.
  • Thesis at second-cycle level comprising at least 15 hp and maximum one other research-oriented text (bachelor's thesis, papers, reports). If not written in English or a Scandinavian language, they must be translated into one of these languages;
  • A research project outline, maximum five A4 pages, written in Swedish or English (see guidelines below and assessment criteria above).
  • References
  • Any other qualifications that the applicant may wish to refer to.
  • The research plan describes the proposed dissertation project (max. five A4 pages excluding reference list) and should contain the following headings: Background and purpose, Previous research, Theoretical foundation, Method and References.

    Scientific publications, writings and similar documents that are not in electronic form should be marked with reference number and sent to: Rebecca Hall Namanzi, Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies, University of Gothenburg, P O Box 300, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, SWEDEN.

    Envelope should be marked with the employment reference number: PAR 2023/274

    Applications must be received by: 2023-04-03

    Information for International Applicants

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    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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