at the Department of Sociology. Closing date: 1 March 2018.

The Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, invites applications for a doctoral student position in sociology within the Swedish Institute for Social Research SOFI. The research at SOFI focuses on social policy, welfare, inequality, and the labour market. It is organised in three units: Labour Market Economics, Level-of-living, and Social Policy. More than half of the research activities are funded by external sources, primarily the national research councils. The PhD students at SOFI are enrolled in the PhD programmes at the Department of Economics or the Department of Sociology

Project description
The position is connected to the comparative social policy research carried out at SOFI and linked to the project GENPARENT; Revealing Sources of Gendered Parenthood: A multi-method comparative study of the transition to parenthood in same-sex and opposite-sex couples, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), via a Consolidator grant to Marie Evertsson. The project is done in collaboration with the Sociology department at Utrecht University, one of the oldest and largest in the Netherlands, and Dr. Eva Jaspers. The research focuses on the division of paid and unpaid work in same-sex and different-sex couples with children. The aim is to increase knowledge about mechanisms that contribute to or hinder gender equality in the home and in the labor market in the Nordic countries, the Netherlands and the United States. The student will work in a research team on the same topic.

The dissertation project includes conducting and analysing in-depth interviews with same-sex couples who expect and/or have children and couples who wait for/have adopted children in the Netherlands. We welcome Dutch-speaking applicants with a dissertation plan that includes an analysis of the division of work (paid and unpaid) in same-sex and different-sex couples with children, including a discussion of how this links to labor market outcomes and careers.

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.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The faculty board may under certain circumstances exempt applicants from the basic admission requirements.

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: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in Dutch and English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project/thesis, documented knowledge in Dutch, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

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

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

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 Marie Evertsson, telephone: +46 8 16 26 98,

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

Apply for the PhD student 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
  • Project proposal/Research proposal (max. 1000 words, excl. references) 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 3 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: 01/03/2018