Tag-arkiv: Linnaeus University

Doctoral student in Science Didactics with focus on preschool education Kalmar

Reference number: 2020/158-2.2.1

Linnaeus University was established when Kalmar University and Växjö University merged. The Department of Biology and Environmental Science is part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The research activities within the Department of Biology and Environmental Science include the areas of aquatic ecology, cell and organism biology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, environmental science and environmental engineering as well as zoonotic ecology. For more information see: www.Lnu.se and www.lnu.se/en

Field of subject for the appointment: Natural Science Didactics

Placement city: Kalmar

Job description

The research project underlying the PhD studies is part of an ongoing longitudinal study that aims to explore preschool- primary school children’s emerging science with special focus on chemistry. The study involves preschools and primary schools in the Kalmar region and researchers at Linnaeus University and other universities. In this project, young children’s learning is viewed from cultural historical perspective, as dynamic and non-linear. We are concerned both with describing children’s emerging science that is children’s own version of science as well as the context of emergence. The research work shall primarily entail field studies, data analysis and the communication of results in written and oral presentations to academics, preschool teachers and the general public, in Sweden and abroad. Results will contribute to the development of the content of the subject of chemistry in preschool and primary education.

According to the Higher Education Ordinance, a person appointed to a doctoral studentship should primarily devote himself/herself to his/her own studies. An appointee may, however, work to a limited extent with education, research, artistic development, and administration. However, before a doctoral degree has been awarded, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20% of a full-time post.


A person fulfils the general entry requirements if he/she

  • has been awarded a degree on second-cycle level;
  • completed the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which 60 credits on second-cycle level, or
  • in other way, in Sweden or abroad, has acquired principally equivalent knowledge.

Specific requirements refer to

  • courses in natural science or natural science didactics, or equivalent, of at least 90 credits;
  • a minimum of 7.5 credits of independent project (thesis) work in the above field, or equivalent;
  • high degree of proficiency in written and spoken Swedish and English.

Assessment grounds

  • Experience and skills in qualitative research techniques of relevance to the research project;
  • the applicant’s creativity and capacities to work as part of a team, to work independently, to handle stress, and to work in a structured manner.


Dr Karina Adbo, karina.adbo@lnu.se, +46-(0)480 446298;
Head of Department: Per-Eric Betzholtz, per-eric.betzholtz@lnu.se, +46-(0)480-446249;
Human Resources Consultant: Stiina Salmgren, stiina.salmgren@lnu.se, +46-(0)480-446406.

Union representatives can be reached through the university switchboard: +46-(0)772-28 80 00.

The application (in English) should contain:

  • CV (including telephone, email, current address and date of birth);
  • application letter (maximum four pages) containing descriptions of motivation for applying, compliance with the assessment criteria, expectations for the PhD studies;
  • signed copies of documents containing grades for courses completed, signed copies of degrees awarded and other evidence supporting the candidate’s basic qualifications in relation to the other assessment criteria given above,
  • summary (maximum two pages) of the master thesis or previous degree examination projects;
  • names and contact information (including title, affiliation, telephone, email address) for two persons prepared to provide references to written letters of recommendation;
  • copies of any other relevant documents.

The last application day is 15 of May 2020.

Read the job description at the university homepage


Post expires on Friday May 15th, 2020