Karlstad University / Department of Educational Studies

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The Department of Educational Studies is advertising a doctoral studentship in Educational Work. Educational Work is a cross-disciplinary subject and a profession-oriented area of knowledge that focuses on the practice-based issues and phenomena that are central in education. The field includes the learning and socialisation of children/young people/pupils as well as the work and professional knowledge base of teachers. The subject has a clear focus on practice-based research that includes studying the organisation of schools and the teaching profession, as well as subject-specific contents in preschools and schools. More information about our researchers and our research in Educational Work is available on the departmental website: https://www.kau.se/en/educational-work

The doctoral studies of the advertised position will focus on the learning of younger children (aged 0–10) and align with ongoing research at the department.

The doctoral studentship

The doctoral studentship comprises four years of full-time study and leads to a PhD. Applicants who have already completed a licentiate degree in the area of study can be given credit for two years of full-time study, which means that the doctoral study programme will comprise two years of full-time study. If the doctoral studentship includes departmental duties such as teaching or administration at 20% of full-time, the term duration may be extended to five years.

The doctoral student is expected to be based at Karlstad University. In addition, the doctoral student is expected to contribute to the study environment of the doctoral programme as well as relevant research environments in Educational Work.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant is required to meet the general and University-specific entry requirements and must be considered to have the ability required to benefit from the studies (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35).

To meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have been awarded a master-level qualification; satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 were at master level; or acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

To meet the specific entry requirements for a doctoral student in Educational Work, the applicant must hold a Bachelor of Arts in Education or in some other way have acquired equivalent knowledge, in the country or abroad.

Admission and assessment criteria

Admission is based on individual assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, such as previous study results and the quality of any independent written projects from previous studies that are included in the application. An assessment will also be made of the applicant’s presumed ability to benefit from the doctoral programme. A research plan should therefore be included in the application. The research plan should be approximately five pages and outline the intended doctoral thesis project and its relation to the above-stated specialisation in the learning of younger children (aged 0–10).

The research plan will be evaluated both in terms of academic quality and in terms of relevance for the research domain in question.

A previous degree or professional experience from preschool, after-school care, or the first years of school is a valuable qualification. Prior experience from research in relevant areas is also a valuable qualification.

The doctoral studentship in Educational Work involves active participation in existing research and seminar environments. For this reason, the applicant needs to exhibit the ability to work both independently and in a group.

 In addition, applicants should be proficient in spoken and written Swedish and English.


Upon admission to doctoral studies, the person will be offered the appointment of doctoral student (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 5, Sect. 3). The position comprises four years of full-time studies, or five years at a study rate of 80% with 20% teaching or other departmental duties. The position is fixed-term — one year initially, followed by possible extensions by a maximum of two years at a time. Start date as negotiated.

The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University.

Further information

Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities, and life experiences.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. The application should include:

  • CV/list of qualifications (complete with attested copies of transcripts, certificates, etc.)
  • Copies of any degree project, Bachelor’s essay, or Master’s thesis the applicant would like considered
  • Where applicable, other academic texts such as articles or volumes/chapters that demonstrate the applicant’s ability to benefit from doctoral studies
  • A brief cover letter (1,000 words) describing the applicant’s background, interest in the position, and approach to doctoral studies
  • A text (2,000 words) where the applicant describes the doctoral thesis idea and its link to the research profile specified above
  • Two letters of recommendation and contact details for two references.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application. Do not just provide links.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically, such as books or publications, should be sent in triplicate to:

Karlstads universitet

State the ref. no: REK 2021/114.

Application deadline: 15 August 2021.

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
First day of employment By agreement
Salary The standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Karlstad
County Värmlands län
Country Sweden
Reference number REK2021/114
  • Henrietta Huzell, head of department , 054-700 13 42
  • Michael Tengberg, head of subject , 054-700 18 78
  • Annelie Andersén, director of studies, 054-700 24 89
Union representative
  • Thomas Bragefors, SACO, 054-700 17 14
  • Denita Gustavsson, OFR, 054-700 14 34
  • Tony Ingemarsson, Lärarförbundet, 054-700 14 04
Published 25.May.2021
Last application date 15.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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