PhD student in Human Geography

Ref. No. SU FV-3550-18

at the Department of Human Geography. Closing date: 15 January 2019.

Stockholm University is a leading European university in one of the world’s most dynamic capitals and is characterised by openness, innovation and collaboration. Ranked among the world’s top 100 universities, Stockholm University is one of Europe’s leading centres for higher education and research in human science and science. Stockholm University was founded in 1878 with the ambition to revitalise higher education in Sweden. Since its inception, close contact with the wider world and active exchange of knowledge and experience have been integral to this vision. Currently, the university has 33,000 students, 1,600 doctoral students, and 5,500 members of staff.

The PhD-student will work within the EU Horizon 2020 funded project CICERONE (Creative Industries Cultural Economy Production Network) and will be based at the Department of Human Geography, which has around 50 staff who conduct research and teaching across a range of topics within human geography, geography and planning. This thematic PhD-project will study particular aspects of global production networks and creative and cultural industries in Europe with a focus on the music sector and the archive sector (including libraries and cultural heritage), and how the value creating chains in these networks are linked to place and policy on various levels of scale, from the local to the European level. The PhD-project could thus broadly be placed in the emerging field of the geographies of the cultural economy.

The PhD-student will work on his/her doctoral thesis and fulfill an important role in the project as a whole. The successful applicant will work closely with leading researchers based at Stockholm University as well as with members of the 9 nation CICERONE project. Candidates must be self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic about working with qualitative and collaborative research in the field of this position. For more information about the particular aspects of the PhD-study, please visit

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 language used at the programme is either English or Swedish. Accordingly, the specific entry requirements are excellent knowledge and skills in either the Swedish or the English language, and a minimum of 90 credits in Human Geography, or equivalent, including a degree project of at least 15 credits. More details can be found at

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

Selection among the applicants is made with regard to the candidate’s ability to complete the postgraduate programme. The most important reason for the selection is the conditions the applicant has for achieving the goals of the education. Special emphasis is placed on (ranking criteria):

  1. The scientific ability shown by the applicant in essay work from advanced and basic level, as well as in the preliminary research plan in relation to relevant work packages of the CICERONE-project.
  2. Independence in analysis and critical thinking in previous work
  3. Problem formulation and rigour in previous work and research plan
  4. Previously demonstrated ability to hold to given time frames
  5. Methodological and scientific maturity
  6. Communication and collaboration skills
  7. Applicant’s academic prerequisites in relevant areas of knowledge
  8. Applicant’s ability to contribute to and benefit from the research environment at the Department of Human Geography and from the research project CICERONE.

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 Dr. Thomas Borén, or Prof. Dominic Power,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, 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. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the 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 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 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

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

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 15/01/2019


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Post expires on Saturday December 15th, 2018