Doctoral Position in Child and Youth Studies
University of Gothenburg Faculty of Education

Doctoral student in Child and Youth Studies, one or more

Ref PAR 2021/275


The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 53 500 students and 6 500 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg has received significantly increased block funding for research. The funds will be used to stimulate our research environments and create opportunities for a new generation of researchers to step forward.

The Department of Education, Communication and Learning is part of the Faculty of Education at the University of Gothenburg. At the department, extensive and internationally recognized research is conducted in areas that concern life conditions of children and youth, the preschool and children’s learning, the consequences of digitalization for preschool, school and education as well as in the area of adult learning at the workplace and elsewhere. Education is provided in the first, second and third cycles (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level). The Department’s primary programmes are those in pre-school education and primary education with a specialization in afterschool programmes.

Child and Youth Studies is a third-cycle subject dealing with the living conditions, learning, development and socialisation of children and youth from a multidisciplinary perspective. Research areas concern the everyday life, and formal and informal learning environments of children and youth, and the research focuses on issues in the borderland between education, play, leisure and family life.

Job Assignments

Doctoral candidates engage in full time PhD training during four years. A PhD candidate is expected to work as a member of one of the research groups at the department. In collaboration with supervisors, the candidate will formulate and finalize a dissertation and take part in courses which are a mix of mandatory and elective courses in accordance with the rules of the general and individual study plans. During the PhD studies, the dissertation work will be presented and discussed in seminars with invited discussants on at least three occasions. As a doctoral student, you are also expected to participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and other research meetings, both nationally and internationally.

At the Department there is extensive research on topics that concern children and young people. This makes it possible for the PhD candidate to be part of local seminars and research activities as well as national and international collaborations of relevance to the research topic. In their application, candidates should specify how their research plan relates to ongoing research in the Department.

Only those who are admitted to postgraduate education may be appointed to the position. In addition to the obligation to pursue his/her own postgraduate education, the holder may be required to perform duties relating to education, research and administrative work in accordance with particular provisions in the regulation (Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a maximum of 20%). The employment will be prolonged accordingly.


The requirements for admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes are that the applicant meets the general and specific entry requirements and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme.

The requirements for admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes are that the applicant meets the general and specific entry requirements and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme.

General entry requirements
A person meets the general entry requirements if he or she has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle.

Eligible applicants include those who have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements
One of the following alternatives is required for specific entry requirements:

  1. Second-cycle teaching qualification, or alternatively teaching qualification and independent project (degree project) comprising at least 15 higher education credits awarded in the second-cycle.
  2. Course requirements of at least 90 higher education credits in a social, educational or behavioural science field of study, with relevance to child and youth studies, are required for the specific entry requirements, of which at least 30 higher education credits awarded in the second-cycle, including an independent project (degree project) comprising at least 15 higher education credits.

Eligible applicants include those who have acquired substantively equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.


Selection between applicants who meet the basic requirements and specific qualifications will be based on an assessment of an applicant’s ability to successfully complete the doctoral programme.

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • the quality of the degree project affording eligibility (or equivalent document).
  • the quality of the research plan submitted, where applicable related to this position and to research environments at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning.

Admission takes place in competition on the basis of a combined assessment of the applicant’s submitted documents. Assessment of the applicant’s ability to complete doctoral studies will guide the decision. Key for this assessment are the results of earlier thesis work or alternatively thesis work and scientific article writing, together with a clearly formulated research plan where the applicant articulates a possible plan for a dissertation project within Child and Youth Studies. The dissertation research plan will be evaluated based on its scientific relevance, how well it connects to the research in the department as well as on whether or not it raises motivated and researchable questions and presents reasonable methods for their examination. If a required text has been written by more than one author, the applicant’s individual contribution must be described.

Only applicants who can be offered supervision can be admitted to third-cycle studies. Considerable weight will be put on the capacity of the applicant to actively contribute to a research group at the department.

The fact that an applicant is considered able to transfer credits from prior courses and study programmes or for professional or vocational experience may not alone give the applicant priority over other applicants (Chapter 7, Section 41 of the Higher Education Ordinance).


The position is a temporary position of four years according to the Higher Education Ordinance with an extent of 100 %. The employment is located at the University of Gothenburg, at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning. First day of employment is September 1, 2021, or by agreement.

Regulations for employment as doctoral student are given in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5. Only applicants who are admitted to doctoral studies can be employed as doctoral student. A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

The University applies the current local agreement on the salaries of graduate students.

Appointment procedure

Applications are evaluated by an admissions panel. Interviews may be conducted. Admission decisions are made by the Head of Department and cannot be appealed. (The Rules and Regulations for Third-cycle Studies at the University of Gothenburg – Rules for Doctoral Students, ref nr V 2018/603).

For further information regarding the position

Roger Säljö, Deputy Head of Department
+46 (0)31-786 2457

Mona Lundin, Director of studies, postgraduate education
+46 (0)31-786 5977

About the application process:
Kristin Martinsson, Administrative manager
+46 (0)31-786 2344


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: 

Application process

You apply for admission to doctoral studies via the University of Gothenburg recruitment portal.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Personal letter with a short description of relevant background, max 1 A4 page.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Study documents that provide evidence that basic and specific requirements have been met (Extracts from LADOK or other official study documents)
  4. Thesis equivalent to at least 15 credits at the master’s level. For example, an undergraduate and a master’s thesis or a scientific article and a master’s thesis
  5. Research plan, max five A4 pages (for guidelines see the assessment section)
  6. References (optional)
  7. Other merits that the applicant would like to include.

As applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with this announcement and that it is received by the university on the final application day at the latest.

Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to:

Göteborgs universitet
Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande (IPKL)
Desirée Engvall
Box 300, 405 30 Göteborg

Closing date: 2021.04.19

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


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