Karlstad University / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies

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Karlstad University advertises a doctoral studentship in Comparative Literature, and the thesis project should have relevance for literature education.

The doctoral studentship

The doctoral studentship involves four years of full-time study and leads up to a doctoral degree.

Doctoral students in Comparative Literature should have the ability to work independently and also be prepared to contribute to the work of the subject in different ways, for instance through completing teaching-related or administrative tasks. You are also expected to contribute actively to the research environments at KaU, both in Comparative Literature and in Subject Education.


General eligibility for admission requires a second-cycle qualification with completed courses 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 requires a Degree of Master with a major in Comparative Literature, or largely equivalent knowledge acquired otherwise. Proficiency in both Swedish and English is required. Knowledge of other languages is a useful qualification.

We would like applicants to have a teaching diploma.


The doctoral studentship involves admission into the third-cycle subject area Comparative Literature. Admission is based on individual assessment of the applicant’s qualifications and capacity to complete a programme at doctoral level successfully. Special emphasis is placed on previous study results and the quality of previous independent, written assignments. Assessment is also based on the research plan, which provides an account of the planned thesis projects, language proficiency, and the intention to be present and contribute actively to the research environment. Applicants should have good social skills and the ability to work independently as well as in a group.

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. Starting date as soon as possible, by agreement. Employment is subject to pending decision.

More information about doctoral studies at Karlstad University: https://www.kau.se/en/education/programmes-and-courses/other-education/research-programmes-karlstad-university


Submit the application no later than 8 March, 2020, via the University’s web-based recruitment tool (see below). The application should include:

  1. A brief cover letter which describes the applicant’s background, experiences of relevance for the position, and research interests,
  2. A list of qualifications (CV) with certified copies of grades, degree certificates and so on,
  3. A research proposal (4-5 pages),
  4. Copies of essays, degree projects, and other publications,
  5. Any other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to, and
  6. If possible, references and/or letters of recommendation.

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.

Last day of application: 8 March, 2020

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2020/21
  • Christina Olin-Scheller, professor, 054-700 1689
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 1714
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054 700 1404
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 1434
Published 06.Feb.2020
Last application date 08.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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