Södertörn University in south Stockholm is a dynamic institute of higher
education with a unique profile and high academic standard. A large proportion
of the university staff holds doctorates and there is a strong link between
undergraduate education and research. Södertörn University has around 11 000
students and 840 employees.
Södertörn University is an equal opportunities employer.
As a doctoral student in Social Work , you will join a research
environment that offers multidisciplinary perspectives and an advanced
curriculum. Doctoral students are affiliated with a Social Science research
area called Politics, Economy and the Organisation of Society (PESO),
encompassing the disciplines of Business Studies, Journalism, Political
Science, Social Work, and Sociology. In addition, they are affiliated with the
Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS), which is part of the
Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES ) at Södertörn
Social Work at Södertörn University is distinguished by its lively research
and teaching environment. Our research fields include: families, children, and
youths; ageing; disability; addiction; health; urban studies; segregation;
civil society and social movements; the welfare state and globalisation;
professions and organisations. Teaching and research staff in Social Work have
a high level of involvement with national and international research networks.
For more information on Social Work at Södertörn University, read here.
Your doctoral research must have a geographical link to the Baltic Sea region
and/or the post-communist part of Europe. Theses with a comparative approach
must include at least one country in the above-mentioned regions, but may
include other countries. A thesis may not solely relate to Sweden and Swedish
These doctoral positions in Social Work include admission to third-cycle
education, i.e. doctoral studies, and employment on a doctoral studentship.
The intended outcome is a doctoral thesis. As a doctoral student, you will
take doctoral courses, participate in research seminars, and participate in
national and international research activities. Your main task, however, is to
conduct research and write a doctoral thesis. Supervisors will be assigned to
guide you. The programme covers 240 credits, which is the equivalent of four
years of full-time study. During this period, the position is fully funded.
The salary is subject to an annual increase in accordance with university
regulations. The position may entail other departmental duties within
education, research and/or administration, but these may be equivalent to no
more than 20% of full-time.
Entry requirements and selection
General entry requirements:
a second-cycle/Master's level qualification,
fulfilment of the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits awarded at second-cycle/Master's level, or
the acquisition of substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
The Faculty Board may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements
for an individual applicant if there are special grounds. (Ordinance
Specific entry requirements:
A qualified applicant has the equivalent of 90 credits in Social Work and
has successfully completed second-cycle studies in Social Work, or who has
attained the same qualifications outside of Sweden or has previously been
awarded an equivalent degree. In exceptional circumstances, the Faculty Board
may exempt an applicant from fulfilling the specific entry requirements.
During the evaluation of an applicant's eligibility, special emphasis is
placed on previously completed written academic work (in particular the
Master's dissertation, research papers, and research publications) that is
The submitted research plan is also important for the assessment process. The
research plan should contain a preliminary subject for the applicant's
doctoral thesis, which briefly outlines its purpose, aims, theoretical
perspectives, methods, and timeline for the study. The research plan should
further explicate the Social Work aspects of the study, and the sub-field(s)
at the Department of Social Work to which it will primarily be connected. The
research plan should also clarify which countries in the Baltic Sea region
and/or the post-communist part of Europe the thesis will focus on.
The basis for selection among the eligible applicants to third-cycle studies
in Social Work is stated in the General Syllabus for third-cycle programmes in
social work. When assessing the applicant's submitted academic texts, research
plan, and other documentation, special emphasis is placed on:
independence and originality in the formulation and analysis of research
theoretical and methodological awareness;
systematic organisation and stringency;
scientific maturity and critical attitude;
demonstrated ability to work within set time frames;
the proposed research project's relevance to Social Work, and to the
Baltic Sea region and/or post-communist countries in Europe.
Admission and employment
An application for a place on a third-cycle programme is also an
application for employment on a doctoral studentship. Employment is for a
maximum of four years of full-time study. The position may be extended by a
maximum of one year due to the inclusion of departmental duties, i.e.
education, research and/or administration (equivalent to no more than 20% of
full-time). The provisions relating to employment on a doctoral studentship
are stated in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1-7.
Doctoral students will be employed by the School of Social Sciences at
Södertörn University. The first date of employment is 1 September 2022.
Links to further information
Social Work at Södertörn University
General Syllabus for Third-Cycle Programmes in Social Work
General information about doctoral studies at Södertörn University
Social Science Research Area (PESO)
Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)
Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS)
Centre for the Study of Political Organisation (CPO)
Reinvent – the Centre for City Dynamics
Research School in Social Work (RSSW)
Governing documents for doctoral education including admission regulations and
regulations for third-cycle education at Södertörn University.
Dominika Vergara Polanska, Chair of the assessment group, Social Work,
Liudmila Voronova, Director of Studies PESO, email firstname.lastname@example.org and
tel. +46 8 608 52 16
Ali Hajighasemi, Head of the School of Social Sciences, e-mail
email@example.com and tel. +46 (0)8 608 4887
Lovisa Henricsson, HR officer, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tel +46
(0)8 608 4455.
Information and instructions for the application procedure are available on
our website, www. sh.se. When applying, use Södertörn University 's
web-based recruitment system ReachMee , or follow the link "ANSÖK"(APPLY) provided at the end of this announcement.
Your application must include:
An application letter
Degree certificate and certificates that demonstrate eligibility to apply
for the position
Bachelor's essay and Master's dissertation in the field in accordance with
the entry requirements
A research plan of no more than 2000 words (excluding references),
including a description of how the planned research is related to the
Baltic Sea region or post-communist countries of Europe
Contact details for two references who can testify to your academic
A maximum of three publications may also be attached
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
The application deadline is 14 February 2022.
Welcome with your application!
On our website, sh.se/vacantpositions, there is an application template that
the applicant needs to follow. Publications referred to must be attached to
An application that is not complete or arrives at Södertörn University after
the closing date may be rejected.
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