Phd Student In History

Göteborg University


January 31, 2022


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At the Department of Historical Studies, which belongs to the Faculty of Humanities, education and research are conducted in the three subjects of History, Archaeology and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. Education is offered at all levels, from the undergraduate to the PhD student level. The research takes place both within the individual subjects and in major interdisciplinary projects, where national and international collaboration is an important element. The department currently has nearly 100 employees in the form of researchers, lecturers, doctoral students and administrators.

Teaching and research within the discipline of History are concerned with social and political changes in past societies. The chronological and geographical range is wide. Within the department there is a close collaboration between History and its sister disciplines Archaeology and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History with regard to both research and teaching.

More information about the department and the subject of History can be found on our website https: // www.

The Department of Historical Studies is now searching for a qualified and motivated individual for a doctoral studentship position (PhD student) in History.

Job assignments

A doctoral student is expected to conduct research and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline. Expectations towards a doctoral student include the capacity to develop independent ideas and communicate research results in oral and written form.

The aim of a PhD-student position is for the doctoral candidate to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research autonomously within History and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a scholarly thesis. Another aim is for the doctoral student to develop an ability to later apply the acquired knowledge and skills within post-doctoral research or other qualified professional work.

The position is limited to four years in duration and is carried out on a full-time basis unless there are acceptable reasons to the contrary (minimum 50 %). The position may include departmental duties, such as teaching, corresponding to up to 20 % of a full-time post over the course of study. If such tasks are carried out, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements according to the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7.

The general entry requirements for third-cycle (PhD) studies are:

  • a degree at the second-cycle level (MA level, or equivalent), or
  • at least 240 higher education (university) credits (HEC), of which at least 60 HEC must be at the second-cycle level, or
  • largely equivalent knowledge acquired in other ways in Sweden or abroad.
  • The specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in History are at least 120 HEC in History, of which at least 30 HEC (including a degree project of at least 15 HEC) must have been completed in the second cycle, or equivalent qualifications. To be eligible, the applicant should also have sufficient competency in Swedish and/or English to be able to actively participate in mandatory courses, seminars and other activities at the Department.


    According to the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programmes and on the Department's supervisory resources. We will base this assessment primarily on the following:

  • Relevant previous work, which will be assessed in terms of ability to formulate, delimit and analyse research tasks and present research results.
  • A proposal of the intended research project outlining the applicant's research interest(s) and planned focus area of his/her doctoral thesis. The project proposal must demonstrate familiarity with previous and current research, sources and methods of relevance for the study, and an ability to formulate scientific problems.
  • Academic transcripts.
  • Previous merits.
  • The final selection process will include interviews.
  • The applicant is asked to provide the names and contact information for two persons who can serve as references.
  • Admission to the doctoral program may also be granted within a framework where the University of Gothenburg does not serve as employer (external position, so-called samverkansdoktorand). The assessment process for these applicants is the same as for other applicants. In these cases, an agreement will be made between the employer and the University of Gothenburg.

    The applications are reviewed by an advisory committee and final decisions on admission are made by the Head of Department. Decisions on admission are announced in early May and cannot be appealed.


    Type of employment: 4 years

    Extent: 100% (full-time)

    Location: Department of Historical Studies, Gothenburg

    First day of employment: 2022-09-01

    After admission to third-cycle studies you will be appointed to doctoral studentship. Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1993:100. The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be appointed to a doctoral studentship for a total of eight years. The total employment period may, however, not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle study for four years.

    Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

    Contact details for the position

    For further information regarding the position

    Questions about the doctoral program:

    Professor Lars Hermanson, Associate head of department for doctoral studies

    Phone: +46 31-786 45 12


    Questions about the subject of History:

    Associate professor Kenneth Nyberg, Head of the subject of History

    Phone: +46 31-786 45 09


    Questions about employment conditions:

    Lise-Lotte Walter, Administrative manager

    Phone: +46 31-786 65 73



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    How to apply

    To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the position advertisement, and that it is submitted before the closing date. Incomplete applications or changes/additions submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

    Please register your application electronically under ‘Apply online'. For the application to be considered complete it must include:

  • A cover letter of 1000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages). The letter should consist of four sections in the following order: a) a brief presentation of yourself, b) a short presentation of your merits, c) a summary of the intended research project and d) a short motivation statement of why the doctoral studies programme at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg is of interest to you.
  • CV including a list of publications (if applicable) and the names and contact information for two persons who can serve as references.
  • One thesis/essay or equivalent. Normally, but not always, this would be a master's thesis.
  • A description of the proposed research project indicating the applicant's research interests and planned focus area of his/her thesis and research. The proposal should a) demonstrate an ability to formulate scientific problems and to establish the relevance and originality of the project, b) show familiarity with previous and current research, c) describe appropriate sources and methods for the study and d) provide a brief time schedule for the project. The project description should not exceed 3,000 words (approx. 6–7 pages), including abstract, excluding references.
  • Verified copies of academic transcripts and evidence of other relevant qualifications, if applicable. Please note that you need to submit detailed academic transcripts that specify your finished courses, credits and degrees. It must be clear from the submitted transcripts whether courses and essays/theses have been completed on a first- (BA), second- (MA) or third-cycle (PhD) level.
  • Please note that submitted documents – transcripts, essays and project descriptions – will normally only be considered if they are in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English or if translations into any of those languages are also provided.

    All electronic documents must be submitted in PDF format.

    Closing date: 2022-01-31

    The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

    Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

    In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.