PhD Student in Sinology
Uppsala University Department of Linguistics and Philology

 PhD student in Sinology

Sort on published: 2019-04-17


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 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.


Research and teaching at the Department of linguistics and philology covers approx. twenty different languages and linguistic subjects as well as computational linguistics. These include Ancient Greek and Latin, Turkic Studies, Hindi, Swahili, Chinese, and many of the important languages and cultures in the Middle East. Computational linguistics and general linguistics are also part of the department.


Doctoral studies extend over a 4-year period during which the PhD-student will receive a salary as an employee of the department. Doctoral students are expected to engage in full-time study and research, and contribute to and participate in the department’s activities. Teaching and/or administrative tasks may be involved up to a maximum of 20%, which is carried out against an appropriate prolongation of the contract.


Project description:


For this position, we are seeking a candidate with a solid background in Sinological studies, who is very well motivated and interested in Sinological research. Special importance will be attached to the quality of the proposed project, and the feasibility of completing it within the stipulated time, as well as the candidate’s suitability and qualifications for the task. Particular importance will be attached to the candidate’s competence in Chinese (written and spoken) in order to pursue the research project independently, handle relevant research materials as well as aspects of research ethics, particularly concerning ensuring access to research materials within practical and ethical limitations.


The dissertation project should fall within the areas of expertise available at the department, and the final form of the dissertation project will be decided in collaboration with the supervisor. Interviews can also be included in the selection process. Teaching on PhD. courses as well as supervision of PhD. dissertations is carried out in Swedish or English.




: To qualify for a doctoral position a candidate should hold a master’s degree in Chinese/Sinology or equivalent. During the selection process the quality and scope of the MA thesis will play an important role. A basic requirement is a high level of written and spoken English.


The application should contain:


A letter of intent describing your research interests and motivation for PhD studies (maximum one page)

A CV containing (i) a description of your education, (ii) a list of academic results, (iii) a list of any academic publications, and (iv) professional experience relevant to academic research (maximum three pages)

An authorized copy of your Master’s Degree (or equivalent) including course grades

A copy of your Master’s thesis (and an English summary in maximum ten pages if it is not in English)

A research proposal which (i) states a research question, (ii) describes the methodology and work plan, and (iii) contextualises the expected results in relation to the state of the art (maximum five pages including references). The final form of the dissertation project will be decided in collaboration with the supervisor.

Other documents which the applicant would like to submit.

The application may be written in English or Swedish.


Additional qualifications:


Knowledge of German and French is viewed as an additional qualification, but depending on research topic knowledge of other languages may also be necessary.


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


Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.


Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.


Starting date: 01-09-2019 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:


Professor Joakim Enwall, phone +46 (0)18 471 1084,


Professor Lena Rydholm, phone +46 (0)18 471 2092,


Senior lecturer Xinzheng Wan,


Director of graduate studies Professor Christer Henriksén, phone + 46 (0)18 471 6845,


Senior faculty administrator Lars Hagborg, phone +46 (0)18 471 1907,


Please submit your application by 3 June 2019, UFV-PA 2019/1335.


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


Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.


Placement: Department of Linguistics and Philology


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: Seko Universitetsklubben



Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/1335


Last application date: 2019-06-03

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