PhD Scholarship in Educational Sciences One or More at University of Gothenburg

University of Gothenburg, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position. The funding allows successful candidate to work for four years. Potential candidates should apply before April 15, 2020.

Doctoral student in Educational Sciences, one or more

The Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg has received significantly increased block funding for research. The funds will be used to stimulate our research environments and create opportunities for a new generation of researchers to step forward.

The Department of Education, Communication and Learning is part of the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg. At the department, extensive and internationally recognized research is conducted in areas that concern life conditions of children and youth, the preschool and children's learning, the consequences of digitalization for preschool, school and education as well as in the area of adult learning at the workplace and elsewhere. Education is provided in the first, second and third cycles (Bachelor's, Master's and PhD level). The Department's primary programmes are those in pre-school education and primary education with a specialization in afterschool programmes.

Education is a third-cycle subject focusing on processes, both formal and informal, through which individuals are formed and changed within social, cultural and historical contexts. It includes various dimensions of upbringing, education, teaching, learning and other processes.

The dissertation work is directed towards studying how digitalization changes the conditions for learning and work in preschool, school and education more generally. More specifically, the dissertation work is expected to contribute to develop knowledge about the digital competences teachers need to support the development of digital competences of children in preschool. The work will be conducted using qualitative as well as quantitative research methods and involves the use of questionnaires, interviews as well as video documentation of learning activities in the preschool-class.

Doctoral candidates engage in full time PhD training during four years. A PhD candidate is expected to work as a member of one of the research groups at the department. In collaboration with supervisors, the candidate will formulate and finalize a dissertation and take part in courses which are a mix of mandatory and elective courses in accordance with the rules of the general and individual study plans. During the PhD studies, the dissertation work will be presented and discussed in seminars with invited discussants on at least three occasions.

In the Department there is extensive research on the consequences of digitalisation for teaching and learning in different contexts. The research is organised through national and international collaborations, and as a PhD student you are expected to contribute to these activities and to participate in workshops, seminars and other meetings with our research partners.

In addition to the obligation to pursue his/her own postgraduate education, the holder may be required to perform duties relating to education, research and administrative work in accordance with particular provisions in the regulation (Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a maximum of 20%).

The employment will be prolonged accordingly.

The requirements for admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes are that the applicant meets the general and specific entry requirements and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme.

General Entry Requirements

A person meets the specific entry requirements if he or she has 90 higher education credits in education, of which at least 30 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, including an independent project (degree project) comprising at least 15 higher education credits. Eligible applicants include those who have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements

A person meets the specific entry requirements if he or she has 90 higher education credits in education, of which at least 30 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, including an independent project (degree project) comprising at least 15 higher education credits. Eligible applicants include those who have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. Selection between applicants who meet the basic requirements and specific qualifications will be based on an assessment of an applicant's ability to successfully complete the doctoral programme.

Admission takes place in competition on the basis of a combined assessment of the applicant's submitted documents. Assessment of the applicant's ability to complete doctoral studies will guide the decision.Key for this assessment are the results of earlier thesis work or alternatively thesis work and scientific article writing, together with a clearly formulated research plan where the applicant articulates a possible plan for a dissertation project within Educational Sciences. The dissertation research plan will be evaluated based on its scientific relevance, how well it connects to the research in the department as well as on whether or not it raises motivated and researchable questions and presents reasonable methods for their examination. If a required text has been written by more than one author, the applicant's individual contribution must be described.

Only applicants who can be offered supervision can be admitted to third-cycle studies.

Considerable weight will be put on the capacity of the applicant to actively contribute to a research group at the department.

The fact that an applicant is considered able to transfer credits from prior courses and study programmes or for professional or vocational experience may not alone give the applicant priority over other applicants (Chapter 7, Section 41 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

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 as doctoral student are given in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5. Only applicants who are admitted to doctoral studies can be employed as doctoral student. A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

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

Applications are evaluated by an admissions panel. Interviews may be conducted. Admission decisions are made by the Head of Department and cannot be appealed. (The Rules and Regulations for Third-cycle Studies at the University of Gothenburg - Rules for Doctoral Students, ref nr V 2018/603).

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

union-representatives You apply for admission to doctoral studies via the University of Gothenburg recruitment portal by clicking on the 'Apply' button.

As applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with this announcement and that it is received by the university on the final application day at the latest.


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