PhD student in Information Society with focus on Learning in Hybrid Learning Environments

Ref. No. SU FV-0857-17


at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. Closing date: 15 April 2017.

The Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) is one of the oldest IT departments in Sweden and the largest department at Stockholm University with around 6,000 students. The discipline of computer and systems sciences bridges the gap between technology and the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences. The use and design of IT is put in context in relation to people, organizations, and society. DSV offers a stimulating research environment in an international setting.

Project description
A PhD research position is available, suitable for candidates with a background in computer science and a strong interest in learning and education, or a background in learning and education with a strong interest in digital tools for learning. The research is focused on how computer games and computer simulations can be integrated into teacher-supported activities within the learning environment. The blending of digital tools such as computer games and simulations into learning has increased over the past decade, but many questions remain on how to improve this. These include amongst others the effects of participatory observation by the teacher in computer games or simulations, assessment in computer games and simulation, meeting expectations on games and simulations developed for learning, balancing in-game goals and learning outcomes, meeting individual learner needs and attitudes, inclusion of stakeholders in the development of games and simulations for learning, and integration of digital tools for learning in the school environment and organization. The thesis work may include design and implementation of learning environments using computer games and/or simulations, applying user-centered design methods and evaluation of both the tools and educational effects within an educational setting.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education 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 applicant must have completed courses at second-cycle level in computer and systems sciences, humanities, behavioral sciences, pedagogy, health sciences, psychology, communication studies, or within other for this program relevant subject with a minimum of 60 higher education credits, including a thesis with a minimum of 15 higher education credits. In addition, the applicant is required to have English language skills equivalent of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level B2.

Both general and specific academic entry requirements must be met.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity:

  • Knowledge of computer games and/or simulations for education
  • Understanding of educational theories and models, or a willingness to learn these
  • Experience of methods of user-centered design and evaluation, or a willingness to learn these
  • Ability to formulate, motivate and address research questions, and cogency in previous work
  • Independence in analyzing and structuring previous work
  • Methodological and scientific maturity
  • Proven ability to adhere to prescribed timetables
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate well with colleagues and researchers
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary research environment.

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 Harko Verhagen,, or the Director of PhD studies, Sirkku Männikkö-Barbutiu,

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 at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant 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: 15/04/2017

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