Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology
Stockholm University Department of Sociology


Postdoctoral Fellow in the TEAMS-project Stockholm


at the Department of Sociology. Closing date: 9 March 2020.

The Department of Sociology is a top ranked department offering a collaborative and international research environment. The department was founded in 1954, and has about 100 employees conducting research in areas of migration, education, gender, political sociology, cultural sociology, social networks and social stratification. The faculty have expertise in both qualitative and quantiative methods.

Project description
The position will be associated with the project ’Teaching that Matters for Migrant Students: Understanding Levers of Integration in Scotland, Finland and Sweden’ (TEAMS), funded by NordForsk. The TEAMS project examines how teachers, schools and education systems facilitate migrant integration in schools to identify: educational practices and structural conditions that facilitate opportunities for migrants’ academic success, cross-cultural socialization and how they develop a sense of belonging in their school communities. TEAMS will also create opportunities for professional learning for educators, and for migrant students to relate their lived experiences of schooling through film-making and photography. The post holder will join a team of ten researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, Stockholm, Jyvaskyla and Turku on a 24 month project.

Main responsibilities
The successful candidate will work on an interdisciplinary study of relational teacher agency for migrant integration that combines educational and sociological approaches drawing on theories of agency, inclusive pedagogy and multicultural incorporation. The study employs mixed-method social network analysis and ethnography to conduct a comprehensive analysis of teachers’ situated, relational practices, and support systems that facilitate migrant integration. Specifically, the successful candidate will help develop data collection tools including surveys for teachers and students, on-line log and observation protocols; select and recruit participants and conduct three waves of data collection in two schools in Sweden; process and analyses data working with other researchers across the three countries; work closely with the teams to prepare and deliver all project activities, including knowledge workshops with school staff and students; participate in writing for publication and reports.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country in a relevant social science area.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar. Excellent applicants in the final stages of their doctoral degree will be considered but the degree must be awarded at the time of appointment.

Selection criteria include the quality of previous research and qualifications, the degree that previous research support the overall goals of the TEAMS-projects and proven skills in mixed-method social network analysis and an understanding of issues around migrant education, diversity and inclusion. Experience with participatory methodologies is desirable.

Proficiency in one of the Scandinavian languages is required. We require also that the applicant possesses excellent English language skills.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years. Start date July 1, 2020.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Swedish project coordintor, Associate Professor Anna Lund,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

Closing date: 09/03/2020


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