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

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The Department of Social and Psychological Studies advertises a doctoral studentship in Sociology with a specialisation in gender research.


Around 20 people work in the subject Sociology, which offers education in sociology and sociological social psychology at the first, second, and third cycle levels and is responsible for a social science degree programme called the Social Analysis Programme. Sociology, which has around 450 students, participates in several research projects and is also part of a number of national and international collaborations.

A large share of ongoing research in Sociology at Karlstad University concerns three main fields of study: everyday and personal life, critical age studies, and resistance studies. An intersectional approach is often used.

Gender research at Karlstad University is based primarily in the Centre for Gender Studies (CGF). CGF conducts research in the following fields of study: masculinity studies; transgender studies; applied gender research; and genus, health, and technology. All of these areas of research are characterised by a broad theoretical basis and a combination of basic research and applied research. The subject Gender Studies offers freestanding courses at the first and second cycle levels.

The subject Sociology, together with the subject Gender Studies and the Centre for Gender Studies, is part of a multi-subject department which also includes Social Work and Psychology.

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 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. The Faculty Board may grant an individual applicant an exception from general eligibility requirements if there are special reasons (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 7).

Specific eligibility for admission requires completed courses in Sociology of at least 120 ECTS credits, including at least 30 ECTS credits at second-cycle level, or largely equivalent knowledge acquired otherwise in Sweden or abroad.

Special emphasis is placed on the quality of previous independent written research-related and investigative work. Considerable emphasis is placed on the content and design of the research plan outlining the planned thesis project and how it relates to the specialisation in gender research, as well as the applicant’s intention to be present and active in the research environment. Some emphasis is placed on social skills, independence, and the ability to work both autonomously and in a group. Proficiency in both Swedish and English is required.


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:

  • Cover letter with a brief description of the applicant’s background and research interests,
  • List of qualifications (CV) with certified copies of grades, degree certificates, etc,
  • Copy of degree projects and other publications,
  • A research proposal (approximately 5 pages) and a summary in English (approximately 500 words)
  • Other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to, and
  • References and/or letters of recommendation, if possible.

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 2020/20.

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 REK2020/20
  • Stefan Karlsson, proprefekt, 054 -700 13 27
  • Ulf Mellström, professor, 054 700 20 13
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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