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

The Department of Sociology offers a lively and collaborative research environment with a strong international research profile. The department is especially competitive in the areas of demography, ethnic relations and migration, gender, family sociology, social policy regimes, political sociology, social networks and social stratification. Masters and doctoral programs offered at the department are taught in English and attract applicants from all over Europe. At present members of the department include doctoral students, post-docs and faculty from at least 15 different countries.

The department also include the Stockholm University Demography Unit SUDA, established in 1983, an international group of scholars and doctoral students, working on many facets of population dynamics. SUDA offers the only comprehensive demographic training in Sweden, and the unit is well connected with research schools throughout the world. As an acknowledgement of SUDA’s success, demography has officially been appointed a leading research area at Stockholm University.

The Department of Sociology at Stockholm University announces a doctoral studentship in Sociological Demography.

Subject area
Sociological demography.

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 selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training and is also based on the assessment of the ability to successfully complete the doctoral studies in Sociological Demography. Special attention is devoted to:

• the quality of the candidate’s earlier writing and other merits
• originality, feasibility, and potential contribution to the sociological demography of the planned research
• possibilities for the department to offer adequate supervision of the planned research
• documented competence for demographic research.
Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview.

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 further information, please contact the Director of Doctoral Studies, Associate Professor Sunnee Billingsley,

For more information, please contact Prof. Gunnar Andersson,

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 (no more than 1000 words) describing:
    – your intended field of study and how you plan to execute your research
  • 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