Doctoral students in Science Education and Mathematics Education within the Learning in Multicultural Contexts PhD school


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Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority.

Faculty of Education and Society

The Faculty of Education and Society is characterised by fresh ideas in the formulation of educational programmes and in its collaboration with schools, local authorities, organisations and business.

The faculty, which has about 7,500 students and 320 employees, consists of six departments: Children, Youth and Society (BUS), Sport Sciences (IDV), Society, Culture and Identity (SKI), Culture, Languages and Media (KSM), Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS) and School Development and Leadership (SOL).

The faculty has degree-awarding powers in all programmes, with bachelor and master degrees in Pre-School and Education as the goal, and in sports and educational programmes at third cycle level. There are also programmes for study and career guidance counsellors and special educational needs teachers

The Department of Natural science, Mathematics and Society (NMS)

The employments are located at the Department of Natural science, Mathematics and Society (NMS). The department has approximately 50 employees and conduct education, research and developmental work.

The research at NMS focus education and learning in natural science, sustainability and mathematics in preschool, school, adult education and teacher education.  

Science Education and Mathematics Education (NMDI)

The research within NMDI generates knowledge about learning, teaching, subject content, democracy issues and identity development in relation to school subjects and to preschool activities in science and mathematics. At Malmö University, the subject is linked to the research environment SISEME - Studies in Science, Environmental and Mathematics Education, which primarily takes didactical, societal, and linguistic perspectives on learning and education in the mentioned subjects.

Within the PhD-subject NMDI, we are hiring two doctoral students in mathematics education. We welcome applications that focus on challenges and opportunities for school subjects and preschool activities in mathematics including applications that relate the subject mathematics to interdisciplinary approaches.

Below some areas that the research environment is particularly interested within the frame of NMDI in are listed. The doctoral positions are also open to other specializations connected to mathematics education.

  • Migration, processes of globalization, multilingualism, language and culturally heterogenous learning spaces
  • Sustainability, climate change, environmental challenges, action competence within and through the subject of mathematics
  • Inclusion, norms, identity development, social justice
  • Literacy, professional development, policy studies
  • Digitization, digital information systems, technology use

Content and duties

Those who are employed as doctoral students are expected to primarily devote themselves to their own research education (located at Malmö University).

The intended degree is a PhD, which corresponds to a 4-year full-time research education. Within the framework of the doctoral employment, up to 20% of institutional service may occur, and the employment is then extended accordingly.


The processes of admission to research education and employment as a doctoral student run in parallel. The basic eligibility for admission includes the following:  

  • having completed a second-cycle level degree,
  • having fulfilled course requirements comprising a minimum of 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 second-cycle credits, or  
  • having in other ways, inside or outside Sweden, substantially acquired the equivalent knowledge.  (HF 7 kap 39 §)

Specific eligibility

Specific eligibility applies to those having obtained the command of language required by the education as well as having presented an approved independent study within Science Education and/or Mathematics Education or other relevant subject, comprising at least 15 second-cycle credits, or having been assessed by Malmö University as possessing the equivalent knowledge.  

Bases for assessment

The basis for selection among eligible applicants is their ability to benefit from the education and to reach its goal.  In the assessment of eligible applicants’ ability to benefit from the education, consideration is taken to

  • the applicant’s independence and planning of previous work
  • the applicant’s previously demonstrated ability to adequately complete work adequately
  • the applicant’s ability to formulate research and problem areas, both in previous work and in the research plan for working with the intended dissertation
  • the degree of methodological and scientific maturity both in previously performed work and in the research plan, as well as the ability to communicate, both in writing and orally.

At the admission, consideration is taken to the command of language required by the education.  


Contact person for the Department of Natural science, Mathematics and Society: Head of department Ingvar Holm, +46 40 665 7983,

Contact person for the PhD-subject of Science Education and Mathematics Education: Professor Clas Olander, +46 40 665 8655,

Contact person for research at the Department of Natural science, Mathematics and Society: Professor Lisa Björklund Boistrup, +46 40 665 7192,

In the recruitment process, Malmö University has taken a stand on the issue of recruitment channels and marketing. Hence, any offer of advertising or recruitment help in connection with this advertisement will be declined.  


You apply for the position via Malmö University recruitment system by clicking the "Ansök" (‘Apply’) button.

Applications are accepted in the following languages: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and English. All attached documents should be in/translated to Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English.

As an applicant, it is your responsibility that the application fulfils the requirements stated in the advertisement and that it is received by the university no later than 2023-01-16.

The application must include:

  • A letter of application describing your background and interest in the research education (max 2 pages)
  • A certified curriculum vitae
  • A brief research plan presenting the focus of the research and a dissertation proposal as well as a description of how this relates to the specific advertising (max 4 pages)
  • Independent second-cycle work
  • Any other publications you wish to include (a maximum of 3 research reports or academic articles or the equivalent)
  • Certified certificates and testimonials (e.g. diplomas, work experience)
  • References


This is a temporary full-time position in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 5, section 7. Malmö University is an academic workplace characterized by an open and inclusive approach, with an equality and equal opportunity policy constituting an added value for our organization.


Date of access: 2023-09-01.

Union representatives

SACO Nils Andersson,
Lärarförbundet Peter Persson,
ST Naser Eftekharian,

 We look forward to your application! 

You apply no later than 16/01/2023 by clicking the apply button.