PhD student in Musicology

Ref. No. SU FV-0688-17


at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. Closing date: 18 April 2017.

Musicology at Stockholm University is located in close connection to the other disciplines of the Department of Culture and Aesthetics: Art History, History of Ideas, Literature, and Theatre Studies. The Department of Culture and Aesthetics has approximately 140 employees and 1,000 students each academic year.

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterised by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subjects. During the Fall 2017, the Faulty’s Doctoral Scool offers the theme Human and Materiality, in which the Department of Culture and Aestehtics is involved.

Project description
We especially encourage applications connected to the following fields of musicological research, which are important at the department: music in relation to other media, music and narratology, musical aesthetics, critical musicology, music theory and music analysis (for a presentation of the current research in musicology at the department, see:

An employee as doctorand student shall be physically attendant at the department and be active at the seminar activities.

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicants must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits (ECTS credits), of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Musicology stipulates that applicants must have successfully completet an advanced level degree in Musicology: courses on advanced level covering at least 30 credits including an Essay covering at least 15 credits.

In ordet to meet the specific entry requirements, the applicants must have proficiency covering at least 550 credits on a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This concerns not students that have successfyúlly completet university education where English is a qualification requirement.

The entry requirements can also be met by students who have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. Eligibility must be met at the latest by the application date.

The overall assessment of the candidates focuses on their capacity to benefit from the training. The selection among the eligible candidates will therefore be based on the following specific criteria:

  1. Education. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.
  2. Scientific production. The assessment should also take into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet his or her previous scientific obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the scientific progress of the applicant is considered. Based on a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or other academic papers, the ability of the applicant to benefit from the education is considered according to critical ability, analytical ability, creativity and independence.
  3. Research proposal. The applicant should enclose a research proposal, which should specify the research problem and provide an outline of the research project. The research proposal is assessed according to relevance, originality, completion within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies) and the department’s ability to provide supervision.
  4. Ability to collaborate. This is determined on the basis of personal references, certificates or interviews.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

Terms of employment
The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Johanna Ethnersson Pontara, telephone: +46 8 16 19 52,

Further information about the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Joakim Tillman, telephone: +46 8 16 19 52,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the position through Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the “Apply” button. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter; a letter of application containing name and contact details
  • Curriculum vitae – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of employments, degree projects, and publications. It shall be included how long time that has been spend on the courses on basic and advanced level, respectively.
  • Research proposal in which the applicant briefly describes her or his proposed thesis topic (max 15,000 characters, including spaces). The research proposal should contain the following: the research assignment, the purpose, theory and method, the project plan, contribution to the international research front, the most important work in the research area concerned. 
  • Degree certificate and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects from the first and second cycles, i.e. bachelor’s and magister/master’s theses (or equivalent) and possibly published articles (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 18/04/2017

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