Phd-position in Sociology Within The Project The Challenges of Polarization on The Swedish Labour Market

University of Gothenburg, Sweden is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in teacher education. The funds for this fellowship are available for 4 years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before February 14, 2019.

PhD-position in Sociology within the project The Challenges of Polarization on the Swedish Labour Market

The Department of Sociology and Work Science has over 100 employees, teachers, researchers, PhD-students and administrative staff. The department carries out research, education and collaboration in a number of areas. There is research on labour markets, working life, social movements, environmental policy, migration and sociology of emotions. Courses are offered in a range of fields such as sociology, work science, criminology and human resource management. The Department also has extensive commitment to several of the University’s educational programs, particularly in teacher education. Collaboration and development projects are conducted both in research and education with partners in the private and public sector.

The position is announced within the framework of the research program The Challenges of Polarization on the Swedish Labour market. The program is funded by Forte, and studies the causes and consequences of polarization, i.e. when the number of employees in high and low paid occupations increases as compared to medium-paid occupational groups. The program is divided into 6 work packages, and the PhD positions is announced within Work package 5, focusing on trade union membership and trade union strategies to meet a polarized labour market.

The student admitted is to write a PhD-thesis within the framework of Work package 5. The "workers' collective" and polarisation: trade unions and workers' representation, in the research program The Challenges of Polarization on the Swedish Labour market. The work package aim to answer the following questions: 1. What changes in attitudes to and membership in unions can be found among workers, and how prevalent are polarisation effects in these changes? 2. What revitalisation strategies are unions developing in terms of recruitment and organisation to meet the challenges of polarisation? 3. What concessions are unions willing to make and what coalition-building strategies do they pursue in relation to employers, government institutions and civil society? In order to answer these questions the student will have to apply both qualitative as well as quantitative research methods.

The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within sociology or sociology with a specialization towards science and technology studies and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis. Another aim for the doctoral student is to develop an ability to apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-degree research or other professional work.

To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.

An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they has obtained 1) a degree at the second-cycle level, 2) at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level or 3) largely equivalent knowledge in other ways, in Sweden or abroad.

An applicant meets the specific entry requirements if they has obtained 1) a degree at the advanced level in sociology or a degree at the advanced level including an independent project at advanced level specialized in sociology, 2) or a degree at the advanced level including an independent project specialized in sociology within the area of science and technology studies, 3) applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet specific entry requirements.

Due to the nature of the research material, the applicant must have a good command of Swedish, both written and orally.

Applicants will be assessed based on their ability to benefit from the doctoral study program at the Department.

-Papers, degree projects and other relevant works (maximum four works), which will be assessed on in terms of ability to formulate scientific problem and purpose, previous research and choice of theoretical perspective, methodology and implementation, theory integration, interpretation and conclusions as well as academic and linguistic presentation.

-A project draft, maximum 2000 words, in which the applicant present their research interest in relation to the stated assignments, discusses previous research and theories of relevance for the area, and outlines how the research questions can be answered. The project draft will be assessed on scientific relevance, demonstrated familiarity with previous and current research as well as feasibility within the framework of the PhD-education.

The employment is a fixed-term employment, limited to 4 years, and is carried out on a full-time basis unless there are acceptable reasons to the contrary (minimum 50%). The position may include departmental duties corresponding up to 20% of a full-time post over the course of study. If such tasks are required, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly. Regulations on the employment as a doctoral student are given in ordinance SFS 1993:100.

As part of the appointment procedure top-ranked candidates will be interviewed.

For further information regarding the position

For information on the education program, please contact Cecilia Hansen Lfstrand, coordinator of third-cycle program,, +46 31 786 4766

For information on the assignments, please contact professor Bengt Larsson,, +46 31 786 4775

For information on the application procedure/admittance process, please contact human resource officer Anna Karin Wiberg,, +46 31 786 4761

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

The application shall consist of, above mentioned, papers, degree projects and other relevant works (maximum four works), a project draft and verified copies of academic transcripts and evidence of other relevant qualifications. The application may include a brief cover letter where the applicants state their motivations for applying to the position.

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. 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 selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.


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