at the Department of Economic History. Closing date: 10 June 2017.

The Department of Economic History at Stockholm University announces one vacant position in the doctoral programme in International Relations with an orientation towards security and environmental politics. The ideal candidate should have an interest in global security politics, and in particular the linkages with environmental challenges, peace and conflict politics, and the legitimacy and/or effectiveness of regional/global governance institutions. Regional/global institutions and policies addressing such issues should be the focus of this PhD position. We seek candidates with competence in international relations, positive political economy, comparative politics, environmental social science, or a related social science discipline. We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in quantitative methods and/or ”mixed-methods”, as the program employs a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods such as surveys, experiments, structured comparisons, process-tracing, and semi-structured interviews. Previous experience of quantitative methods is a merit but not a requirement. The candidate must have demonstrated excellent skills in academic written English. Additional merits include capacity to work in a cross-disciplinary team of researchers and to communicate research findings to wider audiences beyond academia.

The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years and positioned at the Department of Economic History. Planned entry date is August 28, 2017. The PhD position will be part of a program Sustainable Development in a Changing Geo-political Era: Challenges and Opportunities for Sweden, funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA) 2017–2020. The program aims to critically examine how the dynamics of geopolitics, human security, and global environmental change interrelate. The program concerns how our society needs to be reformed in order to address increasing resource scarcity while securing a positive development and political stability in the 21st Century – an epoch referred to as the Anthropocene. The program brings together six Swedish core partners: the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and the universities of Linköping, Stockholm, Lund and Uppsala. Stockholm University will host a graduate school on Environment and Geopolitics for doctoral and professional training within the programme. See the program web pages for more information.

The Department of Economic History is a dynamic and strong education and research department at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University. Its International Relations (IR) section aims to be nationally leading and internationally prominent within its field of research and education, focusing on the three IR sub-fields of International Security, International Institutions, and Global Political Economy. Global and Regional Governance (GRG) is a leading research area at the Faculty of Social Science.

About the doctoral programme
The aim of the doctoral programme is to give the student specialised knowledge within the field of International Relations, a thorough training in research methods, and a good understanding of the problems occurring in research and in the practical application of results. The programme familiarises the student with different structures of politics, economics and society, and gives a broad orientation of the research development within the subject, with the purpose of making the student a critical and independent researcher with the ability to plan and develop scientific projects and publications. There are two main blocks in the programme: course work (75 credits) and work in connection with the Ph.D. dissertation (165 credits). For further information about the structure of the programme, please see the department’s website.

Qualification requirements
General entry requirements (according to the HEO). In order to be eligible for doctoral studies students must have

  1. completed an academic degree at the Second Level
  2. completed courses equivalent to at least 240 Higher Education Credits (HECs), of which 60 HECs at the Second Level, or
  3. acquired equivalent knowledge in another way, in Sweden or elsewhere.

If there are certain reasons, the Faculty Board may make exceptions from the requirements of general entry requirements.

In order to meet the special entry requirements for Third Level programmes in Economic History, students must fulfil the following three conditions:

  1. Completed First Level education in International Relations, Political Science, Economic History, or equivalent education of at least 90 HECs, and completed Second Level education in Economic History, International Relations, History with economic-historical specialisation or equivalent education of at least 30 HECs, of which at least 15 HECs comprise essay work.
  2. Completed higher education specialised in theoretical subjects relevant to the Third Level programme comprising another 60 HECs, or equivalent education.
  3. Sufficient knowledge of English to allow studies of academic literature written in English. Knowledge of English should correspond to at least 550 credits in a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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 is based on the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the research education. Selection criteria and admission regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and are specified furtherin documentation provided at:å/international-relations.

More specific criteria for the selection process are:

  • independence in analysis and planning of earlier work
  • the ability to construct research problems and research questions and precision in earlier work, and in the research plan
  • documented ability to work within given time frames
  • methodological and scientific awareness
  • the ability to construct an original research design and scientific analysis of the material
  • good communication and cooperation skills.

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. The graduate training period includes four years. Doctoral students are expected to assume their education full-time, and to actively participate in the activities of the institution. Doctoral students will primarily engage in their own studies, but other tasks such as teaching or administration may be combined up to 20 % of full-time employment.

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 further information or details concerning the application procedure, please contact Mark Rhinard, Professor of International Relations and Director of Doctoral Studies in International Relations, telephone: +46 8 16 42 88,, or Thomas Jonter, Professor of International Relations and Prefect of the Department of Economic History, Project leader at Stockholm University is Lisa Dellmuth, Associate Professor of International Relations, The doctoral handbook, provided by the Swedish Council for Higher Education, can be found at:

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 references

 and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – which research task you want to pursue within the position
    – why and how you wish to address this research task
    – 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)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files)
  • Certificate in English corresponding to at least 550 credits on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This criterion does not apply for students who have completed their education at a Swedish university, where English proficiency is a general eligibility requirement.

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

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 10/06/2017