Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Social and Psychological Studies

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At Karlstad University, 26 subjects offer third-cycle studies, and Psychology is one of them. The subject Psychology belongs to the Department of Social and Psychological Studies together with Gender Studies, Social Work, and Sociology. Research in Psychology focuses on a number of different areas, from clinical specialisations to the psychology of everyday life.

The doctoral studentship is focused on three of these areas of research: (1) sleep in relation to psychological and physical (ill) health; (ii) new drug-related trends in society with a focus on motivation, health, and treatment from the perspectives of of care providers and patients; (iii) the relation between everyday decisions, experiences, and emotional well-being.

All three areas of research are equally interesting. We are looking for a doctoral student who is ambitious and interested in conducting research in one of the three chosen areas. Applicants are expected to submit a brief research plan which outlines the intended research project.

The doctoral studentship

The doctoral studentship involves four years of full-time study and leads up to a doctoral degree. Doctoral students work independently and are also expected to contribute to the work of the subject in different ways. The position may include 20% of other teaching-related, research-related, or administrative tasks at the department, in which case the studentship will be extended correspondingly. The doctoral student is expected to be based at Karlstad University and contribute actively to the research environment of the subject.

More information; https://www.kau.se/documents/32621

Eligibility and assessment

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants must meet the requirements of both general and specific eligibility and be assessed as generally capable of completing the study programme (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 7)

General eligibility for admission requires a second-cycle qualification of at least 240 ECTS credits, including at least 60 ECTS credits at second-cycle level, or largely equivalent knowledge acquired in Sweden or abroad.

Specific eligibility for admission to doctoral studies in Psychology requires completed courses in the main field of study Psychology of at least 120 ECTS credits with progressive specialisation, or a completed Degree of Master of Science in Psychology or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, or largely equivalent knowledge acquired otherwise in Sweden or abroad.

Admission is based on individual assessment of the applicant’s capacity to complete a programme at doctoral level successfully, for instance on the basis of previous independent degree projects, essays and other publications that indicate an ability to conduct research independently, and other qualifications. Research experience and a completed degree in Psychology are useful qualifications. A high level of proficiency in Swedish and English is required to be able to complete the programme successfully.

Special emphasis is placed on the research plan (no more than 1000 words) outlining the planned thesis project (proposed theoretical framework, aim and research questions, and method).


Admission is based on individual assessment of the applicant’s capacity to complete a programme at doctoral level successfully.

Terms of employment

The doctoral studentship is a fixed-term position which comprises four years of full-time study, or five years at 80% if the position includes 20% of teaching or other tasks at the department. The salary for this doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University.

The starting date is by agreement. The doctoral studentship is based in Karlstad.

Employment is subject to pending decision.


Application should include well documented qualifications. Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted no later than the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • List of qualifications (CV) with certified copies which confirm the information,
  • Academic grades/qualifications, degree certificates,
  • First cycle or Master level essays/degree projects, and any other material that the applicant wishes to refer to,
  • A research proposal (no more than 1000 words), outlining the planned thesis project including theoretical framework, aim and research questions, and method, and
  • Any other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to in order to confirm his or her capacity to complete a programme at doctoral level successfully.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links to them). Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to:

Karlstads universitet

Last day of application: 8 March, 2020

State the ref. no: REK 2020/19.

We look forward to your application!

Information about admission, the application form, a general syllabus, rules and regulations, and other types of information can be found at www.kau.se (https://www.kau.se/en/education/programmes-and-courses/other-education/research-programmes-karlstad-university).

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2020/19
  • Lars E Olsson, professor/ämnesföreträdare, 054-700 24 98, alt. Lars.E.Olsson@kau.se
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
Published 06.Feb.2020
Last application date 08.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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