Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Culture and Society is devoted to education and research within the humanities, arts and social sciences. Our work is often pursued in inter- and multidisciplinary environments where language, culture and society are in focus. As a department we aspire to strengthen the position of the humanities and social sciences in society, and we view collaboration between education, research and the world around us as a prerequisite for success. The department is based in both Linköping and Norrköping.

Hereby advertises two positions as

PhD student in language and culture, one specialising in the analysis of language/interaction and one specialising in the analysis of literature/media,
formally based at the Department of Culture and Society

As a PhD student you will primarily devote your time to your research and research training. PhD students are limited to working no more than 20 percent of full time with teaching/education and administration.

The doctoral position is located in the research environment Language and Culture, a meeting place for linguistic and literary research, which is unified by an interest in the interplay between language and culture in everyday, literary, media, artistic and professional contexts. (read more at: The PhD student’s primary duty is to carry out research either specialising in the analysis of language/interaction or specialising in the analysis of literature/media. Within the language/interactional specialisation, forms of expression, products and processes are studied, which can comprise anything from talk and multimodal interaction to the use of different text genres and digital media. Within the literature/media specialisation, literary practices, processes and forms of expression are studied from perspectives that that may comprise medial and material ones, linguistic and cultural ones, as well as contemporary and historical perspectives.

Only those who are – or have been – admitted to graduate studies can qualify for PhD studentships.

The appointees will have met the basic and specific eligibility requirements to be admitted to the doctoral programme. Basic eligibility entails a degree at advanced level, completed courses amounting to at least 240 ECTs, at least 60 of which are at advanced level, or equivalent qualifications acquired in or outside Sweden. Specific eligibility entails 120 ECTs, or the equivalent, in a subject of central importance to the research environment Language and Culture. Furthermore, the applicant should also have a good command of English, and preferably also of other languages.

Applicants will be assessed primarily on the basis of their ability to successfully carry out doctoral studies, primarily as indicated by the submitted documentation. The following will be taken into consideration in selecting a successful candidate: study results that display creativity, personal maturity, the ability to make independent judgements and carry out critical analyses, as well as any specialised knowledge and experience that the applicant possesses, such as professional experience, which may be of relevance to successfully carrying out doctoral training. The most qualified applicants will be called to an interview.

Appointment time
The initial appointment will be for a maximum of one year, but the appointment may be extended by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may not be employed longer than eight years. The total time of appointment must not exceed the equivalent of four years’ full-time research training.

Starting date 
1 September 2020

The starting salary for PhD students is based on the department’s locally agreed salary scale.

Union representatives
For contact with union representatives see below.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking on the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received by 14 April 2020 at the latest. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Among other things the application must include a letter of intent (an account of why the applicant wishes to do a doctorate degree) no longer than 1 page together with a research plan (a planned PhD project) no longer than 3 pages and publications of merit for the appointment, including master dissertation(s), or the equivalent.

Equal opportunities
A majority of our PhD students within the Department of Culture and Society are women, which is why precedence will be given to men in cases where qualifications are deemed otherwise equivalent.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact person

Nigel Musk

Associate professor


Petra Winsa