PhD Position in Sociology Uppsala University, the Department of Sociology

Uppsala University welcomes applications for a doctoral student position in sociology with a specialization in social gerontology, i.e. social scientific studies focusing on older people, aging and/ eldercare. The Department seeks to appoint one candidate with excellent academic merits who can demonstrate their potential for research in this specific area of sociology.
In addition to the dissertation work, the doctoral education program includes also both obligatory and elective courses. For further information on the PhD program see:
Worth noting is that the researchers at the department who conduct research on older people, aging and/or eldercare belong in the Welfare Research Group: Welfare – Department of Sociology – Uppsala University, Sweden (

To be admitted to the Ph.D. program basic as well as specific qualifications are required. To meet the basic qualifications applicants must have a degree at an advanced level, or to demonstrate some equivalent and equal form of knowledge. The specific qualification requires an applicant to have at least 90 credits in sociology or equivalent in order to be considered eligible (or to demonstrate equivalent and equal knowledge).

The position of doctoral candidate is demanding in scholarly terms and the Department of Sociology wishes to appoint candidates who can thrive in and contribute to the Department’s research environment. The terms and conditions of employment for doctoral researchers at Department of Sociology are internationally highly competitive in order to secure the appointment of candidates with excellent academic merits. To be accepted, the applicant must be deemed to have the capacity to finish the doctoral program.

An evaluation of the applicant’s capacity to successfully finish the program is of crucial importance for the admission. The evaluation is primarily based on the academic record as documented in the texts and the research plan submitted by the applicant, which in this case must focus on either older people, aging and/or eldercare. Personal qualities that are desirable in a doctoral candidate include good communication and time management skills, flexibility and ability to work in harmony with co-workers. An excellent command of written and spoken English are requirements for all the PhD positions. The availability of suitable supervision within the applicant’s research area will also be considered in the admission.

The application must include:
1. Application form
2. An attested copy of relevant degree(s);
3. Research plan (see below);
4. Copies of texts that illustrate the candidate’s scholarly abilities (theses, articles etc.);
5. A covering letter that explains the candidate’s motivation for the application;
6. The names of two referees who we can approach regarding the candidate’s academic and personal abilities.

Research plan: Wednesday
A short research plan of about 2000 words (excluding references) describing the social gerontological topic of the proposed doctoral thesis should be included in the application. The plan should briefly review previous research, formulate a research problem and aim, and present the potential theoretical perspectives and methodological approach to be adopted. The applicants will be ranked based on the quality of the research plan and the materials that they submit with their applications. The research plan is used not only to test applicants’ capacity to structure a research project (in relation to social gerontological theory and existing research on this topic, as well as decide on appropriate methods to answer the research questions that the plan poses), but also to get an idea of the applicant’s research interest.
For more information about the research plan, see the document:
Individual interviews with the highest ranked applicants may be used as well. Therefore, the candidates should be available for interview, either in person or via Skype, Wednesday June 1st 2022.

Employment Conditions
Successful candidates will be awarded employment as doctoral candidates for a full period of four years. The employment starts 2022-09-01 or as otherwise agreed, and is placed in Uppsala. The scope of the employment is 100% and salary will be paid according with the guidelines of Uppsala University.
The employed doctoral student must primarily devote his/her time to his/her own dissertation research. Other departmental duties may also be included in the position, such as, teaching or administrative tasks, but at no more than 20%. The duration of employment will be extended for a period corresponding to the time spent on departmental duties.

Contact the following for further information
Professor of Sociology and Chair in Social Gerontology Sandra Torres, Director of Doctoral Studies, Associate Professor Reza Azarian or the Head of the Department, Professor Hannah Bradby,

You are welcome to submit your application no later than Monday 2022-04-25.

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