at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and GermanClosing date: 1 June 2017.

Since 2015 the German area has been part of the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German, which is a middle-sized department within the Faculty of Humanities; the department has 70 staff members and ca. 1,000 students per academic year. Undergraduate and graduate education within the German area focuses on language acquisition and pedagogy, German linguistics, and German-language literatures and cultures. Special fields of research are language and identity, contrastive text- and discourse analysis, cultural and multimodality theories seen from a linguistic perspective, political and internet-based communication, translation, intermediality, collective identities and cultural memory as well as cultural and literary transfer, cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, and world literature.

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. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.

Project description
The Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German invites applications for a four-year fully funded PhD position in German linguistics or literature. The successful candidate’s research project will be positioned within the German area.

Eligibility
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 german stipulates that applicants have completed second cycle courses of 30 higher education credits encompassing a final thesis of 15 higher education credits. Language proficiency (reading, writing and oral skills) in Swedish and English are required. The selection of the candidate will be based on previous education and transcripts, the quality of the independently written thesis, references, study-related experiences, the interview, as well as the candidate’s motivation in applying for the position.

The eligibility requirements may also be achieved by an applicant who has acquired equivalent proficiencies either within Sweden or abroad. Eligibility must be met at the latest by the application date.

Selection
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: www.su.se/rules.

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.

Contact
For more information, please contact Professor Elisabeth Hermann, telephone: +46 8 16 35 06, elisabeth.hermann@tyska.su.se, or Charlotta Seiler Brylla, telephone: +46 8 16 35 20, charlotta.brylla@tyska.su.se.

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

Application
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
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Degree certificates 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/theses (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: 01/06/2017