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

The Department of Law belongs to the Faculty of Law and is one of Stockholm University’s largest departments with 190 employees and 3,000 students. More than 100 teachers are engaged full-time to teach and carry out research that can form the basis for the teaching. The Faculty employs 40 professors in different areas, such as Jurisprudence, Law and IT, Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law, Financial Law, International Law, Environmental Law, Public Law, Procedural Law and Criminal Law. You will be part of a dynamic and international research environment as a doctoral candidate at the Department of Law.

This announcement concerns applications for positions as doctoral candidates as well as for doctoral studies. An individual applying for a position as a doctoral candidate is also considered an applicant for doctoral studies. Applicants whose applications fulfil the qualification and selection requirements, but who are not offered employment at the department as doctoral students, can still be admitted to the doctoral program if they find other acceptable financing. 

Research areas
The Department of Law is now announcing four positions as doctoral candidates in Legal Science, two of which are to be in either Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, International Private Law, Labour Law or Procedural Law. If you are applying to be a doctoral candidate in one of these specific fields, you are automatically deemed to be also applying for the undefined positions.  

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entrance requirements to doctoral studies, the applicant must have completed a university degree with completed courses equivalent to at least 240 university credits, of which 60 credits must be at an advanced level, or otherwise have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

The specific entrance requirements are a completed juris kandidat/juristexamen (masters of laws) degree or the equivalent. Eligibility can also be granted to applicants who, through professional experience or other training are deemed to have acquired competence equivalent to that necessary to conduct studies at the post-graduate level, both in terms of academic skills as well as legal knowledge relevant to the research area. Should the Research Committee find that the applicant does not meet the specific entry requirements, it can decide upon admission that the applicant is to complete a certain curriculum or meet another condition that the Committee finds fulfils the necessary requirements. A successful applicant is to have a very high level of Swedish and good knowledge of English, or in the alternative, a very high level of English. The Research Committee may grant exemptions from these provisions if special reasons are found to exist.

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

The selection among the eligible candidates is based on their deemed capacity to carry out studies at a doctoral level. This is assessed on the basis of the following criteria as stipulated by the Faculty of Law:

  • The applicants' general knowledge;
  • The doctoral project proposal – the originality of the project – the theoretical framework and the question at issue in relation to previous research – the suitability of the method and its relevance in relation to the research question at issue – the production of new knowledge and its relevance; and
  • The viability of the project plan.

The applicant’s general competence is assessed through proven academic performance, essays and other writings demonstrating the ability to make a clear presentation and critical analysis, as well as professional experiences and other similar activities relevant to the education.

The criteria taken into account in the assessment of competence include: the applicant´s documented subject knowledge and its relevance to the research; the ability to express oneself orally and in writing; the capacity for analytical thinking; creativity, self-initiative and independence as well as work capacity. As a basis for this assessment, the following is reviewed: previous studies and grades, as well as the quality of the individual work, references, relevant experience, interviews, the applicant’s written motivation as to the research proposal as well as a statement from the prospective supervisor.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: Specific instructions for the Department of Law: Candidate Program.

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 about the Doctoral Program, please contact the Director of Studies, Associate Professor Pernilla Leviner,

Further information about the employment can be obtained from Head of Administration, Ida Söderberg Tah,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, 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
  • A proposed Research Area, for example "Legal Science towards..."

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 describing the intended project – including research question, theoretical framework, method and material, how the project is intended to be conducted and a literature review that indicates the scientific added value of the intended project
  • Copies of 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 6 files)
  • Written examples by the applicant (no more than 6 files)
  • A statement from a prospective supervisor (a professor or an associate professor) regarding ability to complete the studies (no more than 3 files).

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

You are welcome to apply!

Vi är ett av Europas ledande universitet i en av världens mest dynamiska huvudstäder. En relation med Stockholms universitet är meriterande oavsett om du är student, forskare eller intressent. Hos oss ger utbildning och forskning resultat.

Closing date: 01/03/2018