Doctoral student in psychology

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-01173/2023

Örebro University and School of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences are looking for a doctoral student for the doctoral programme in psychology, concluding with a doctoral degree. The start date of the programme is the beginning of September 2023.

Project description

We are looking for a PhD student with an interest in one of the following three research topics:

  1. Psychological treatments to improve sleep in teenagers and adults. A PhD student accepted with this project orientation will be supervised by Associate Professor Annika Norell-Clarke.
  2. The development of internalizing problems in adolescence, with a focus on the contexts of peers and parent-child relationships. A PhD student accepted with this project orientation will be supervised by Professor Lauree Tilton-Weaver.
  3. Parents’ use of social media linked to their parenting, with focus on comparisons with other parents and how parents feel validated in their parental role on social media. A PhD student accepted with this project orientation will be supervised by Associate Professor Terese Glatz.

The programme and the doctoral studentship

The doctoral programme consists of courses and an independent research project that you will present in a doctoral thesis. The programme concludes with a doctoral degree and comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study.

Our ambition is for your doctoral studies to be stimulating and purposeful throughout the programme until you have obtained your doctoral degree. A thorough introduction will therefore get you off to a good start and provide a solid foundation on which you can build your studies. As a doctoral student at Örebro University, you will be offered a specially tailored seminar series, covering matters ranging from doctoral programme rules and careers to support during the study period and networking.

The place on the programme is linked to a full-time doctoral studentship for the duration of the study programme, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. More information on doctoral studentships, part-time studies and part-time doctoral studentships can be found in the Regulations Handbook. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 29 100 SEK a month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to doctoral studies, applicants are required to meet both general entry requirements and specific entry requirements. In addition, applicants must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to annex 2 to the general syllabus for psychology.

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for research studies if they:

  1. have been awarded a qualification at the Master’s level, or
  2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years) of which at least 60 credits (one year) were awarded at the Master’s level, or
  3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Applicants meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in psychology if they, in their higher education, have approved grades on courses of at least 90 higher education credits, including independent work at C-level/bachelor thesis, in psychology (if the candidate has a master’s thesis in psychology, a bachelor thesis in psychology is not needed). Special qualifications also apply to those who have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge within or outside the country.

The selection of eligible applicants is based on their ability to absorb postgraduate education and is carried out in accordance with the university’s selection criteria (see annex 2 to the general syllabus for psychology). The position is appointed to the applicant with the highest ranking.

Own research experience in one of psychology’s subfields is advantageous, especially if the research was conducted in areas relevant to one of the three research topics (see Project description). In addition, the applicant should be well-versed in research methods. Ability to express oneself both orally and in writing is required, as is a strong command of the English language.


For more information about the programme and the doctoral studentship, contact Associate Professor Ida Flink, head of unit ( and/or Professor Hugo Hesser, Chair of Psychology ( For specific questions regarding research projects, please contact the supervisors: Annika Norell-Clarke (, Lauree Tilton-Weaver (, and Terese Glatz (

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.

Application to the programme and for the doctoral studentship

The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • The form Application for/decision on admission to research studies
  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages): Describe your previous research experience and explain why you are interested in this position. Also, state the research topic you want to pursue as a doctoral candidate (see Project description the specific topics).
  • CV
  • Certificate on completed higher education courses and study programmes, and if applicable a degree certificate
  • Degree project/independent project (master’s thesis and if relevant bachelor thesis)
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • A research statement (3 to 5 pages, including references): State the specific research topic you are interested in (see Project description; choose one of the three topics); describe what research ideas you have for this position; explain why these research ideas are important; formulate your research statement by referring to the existing theories and the previous empirical literature. NOTE. The statement is used for selection only. The exact content of the thesis is discussed with the supervisors at the beginning of the employment.

As a main rule, application documents and attachments are to be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, or English. Certificates and documents in other languages verifying your qualifications and experience must be translated by an authorised translator to Swedish or English. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency),

When you apply for admission, you automatically also apply for a doctoral studentship.
More information for applicants will be found at out career site:

The application deadline is 2023-04-14. We look forward to receiving your application!

As we have already made our choices in terms of external collaboration partners and marketing efforts for this recruitment process, we decline any contact with recruitment agencies and advertisers.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.

Read the job description at the university homepage


Post expires on Friday April 14th, 2023