PhD Position in Curriculum Studies
Uppsala University Department of Education

One (1) PhD Student Position in Curriculum Studies Specialising in Mathematics

Published: 2020-06-10

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Education (EDU) conducts research, offers several third-cycle (doctoral) study programs and first and second level (bachelor, master) programs within the subjects of curriculum studies, education, and sociology of education. EDU also has extensive educational involvement in programs such as the Teaching program and the Human Resource program. In addition, there are several Master Programs available at EDU. EDU has more than 280 employees of which approximately 185 are teachers/researchers, 70 are doctoral students and 25 are administrators. More information about the department is available at the department website: EDU.

Curriculum studies (Swedish/German: Didaktik, French: Didactiques) as a field of research and area of knowledge deals with matters relating to the content of education and teaching. The subject of curriculum studies is deeply rooted in both scientific traditions and teaching practices. The research questions which constitute the core of curriculum studies arise at the meeting point between specific subject-matter and teaching and learning of that subject-matter. It is therefore of interest to study, for example, the content of the teaching and what justifies the selection of that content, who the teaching is aimed at and how their learning process works, how the subject-material is handled in the teaching and who has power over the selection process.

The graduate school RelMaS: The doctoral research will be taking place within the national graduate school RelMaS, funded by the Swedish Research Council and offered in partnership between Stockholm, Malmö and Uppsala universities. The graduate school seeks to increase the research capacity in teacher education, in the areas of mathematics and science education. The graduate school aims to develop practice-oriented research, which analyse and develop didactic models for making mathematics and science education relevant. RelMaS addresses the challenges of educating younger generations for navigating and transforming contemporary environmental and societal challenges, where mathematical and scientific knowledge intertwine in dealing with wicked problems now and in the future. This involves negotiating common views of the content, pedagogies and research foundations of school mathematics and science, to make them significant for active citizenship and to provide equitable access to the content to a diverse student population.

The general research field of RelMaS addresses two interconnected dimensions of contemporary mathematics and science education: 1) the relevance of mathematics and science content in teacher education and schools for increased action competence and citizenship, 2) the relevance of mathematics and science content and pedagogies to reach and engage a diverse student population. Methodologically, these thematic dimensions are to be approached through collaborative research between schools and universities to produce results connected to school practice. The PhD project can be formulated as mathematics education or interdisciplinary cutting across science and mathematics. Click here for further information about RelMaS.

The full-time employment will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). Departmental duties (typically teaching and administration) at a level of at most 20% can be included in the position, in which case the employment period will be extended beyond the four years. PhD students are expected to study full-time and actively participate in the department’s activities.

Qualifications: A general eligibility of 240 ECTS credits is required, 60 of which are obtained at advanced level, corresponding to four years’ full-time university studies. 90 credits should have direct relevance for curriculum studies. An applicant may also be considered qualified if s/he has acquired the corresponding competence in other ways. A good command of written and oral English language is required. For further information on the requirements for general and special eligibility for studies in the field of Curriculum Studies see contacts below.

Selection: The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the graduate school. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidate’s documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, the candidate's documented knowledge in scientific theory and method, as well as the capacity for analytical thinking, initiative and the ability to collaborate. The assessment of the research plan will consider the scientific quality and relevance for the thematic area of the doctoral school RelMaS.

Applications should include:

  • Completed and signed application form: Application Third-cycle Studies
  • Cover letter (max 1000 words) where you describe why you are interested in pursuing doctoral studies in RelMaS. The cover letter should include contact details for 2-3 references and, if you apply to several universities for a position within RelMaS, a prioritising of the positions.
  • A research plan (max 2000 words) where you describe a doctoral project within the frame of RelMaS.
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience, language skills and a list of degree projects/theses.
  • 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).
  • Letters of recommendation and other merits that the applicant wants to highlight may also be submitted (no more than 6 files)

All documents submitted with the application should be in Swedish or English. All attached documentation in other languages than Swedish and English, should be translated into English.

For university guidelines for third-cycle education see: Guidelines

See also the curriculum regulating third-cycle education in curriculum studies, including the required qualifications, at Didaktik.

The post-graduate training is regulated by the Faculty of Educational Sciences in “Procedures for the Admission to Doctoral Studies”, “Continuation of Employment”, Prolongation of Employment” and “Procedures for the PhD Student’s Individual Study Plan”. For more information see Utbildningsvetenskap.

A doctoral student may be employed for maximum eight years, however the length (or duration) of the employment may not exceed the equivalent to full-time doctoral studies of four years.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 1 January 2021, or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Kajsa Bråting (Director of studies for post-graduate education),, phone +46-18-471 2297 or Anna Danielsson (Professor of Curriculum Studies),, phone +46-18-471 1676.

Please submit your application in Swedish or English by 30 September 2020, UFV-PA 2020/2270. Use the link below to access the application form.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

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Submit your application through Uppsala University´s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Education

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/2270

Last application date: 2020-09-30

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