PhD Position in Modern Languages

Uppsala University Department of Modern Languages


PhD Student at the Department of Modern Languages

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The Department of Modern Languages has some 60 employees, engaged primarily in research and teaching in numerous languages, in both linguistics and literary studies.

A vacant position is now announced at the Department for a PhD student specialising in linguistics or literary studies within one of the Department’s subjects in doctoral education: Finno-Ugric, Romance or Slavic Languages. Priority subjects and specialisations are:

Finno-Ugric Languages, especially Estonian and Finnish Romance Languages, especially French and/or Spanish literary studies Slavic Languages.

The Department’s research areas are listed here. The researchers are also profiled on this page. Note that although they specialise in certain areas, they are qualified to supervise PhD students in closely related areas as well.

Work duties and project description: Education at doctoral level takes four years and is funded by means of a PhD studentship. Doctoral students are required to devote their working time mainly to their PhD studies. and to participate actively in the Department’s seminars. In addition, some service (such as teaching) at the Department may be included. The final form of the project will be defined on consultation with the student’s supervisor.

Qualification requirements and eligibility: To qualify for admission to education at doctoral level and thereby a PhD studentship, the applicant must meet both basic and specific eligibility criteria. Basic eligibility requires a degree at advanced (Master, second-cycle) level and completion of course requirements amounting to at least 240 higher education (HE) credits, of which at least 60 are at advanced level, or acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way.

For specific eligibility, an applicant must fulfil the requirements for a one-year Master degree in one of the three subjects of Finno-Ugric Languages, Romance Languages and Slavic Languages or, alternatively, possess equivalent documented qualifications attained by some other means, in one of these subjects and one of the specialisations (literary studies or linguistics) in which research is conducted at the Department.

Knowledge of Swedish is a desirable qualification. Exemption from the need for knowledge of Swedish will, if necessary, be sought from the Faculty of Languages for the applicant who is deemed to have the best qualifications in other respects.

For further information, see the general study plans for education at doctoral level (in Swedish only) in the following subjects:

Finno-Ugric Languages:

Romance Languages:

Slavic Languages:

Selection: Selection is based on applicants’ ability to benefit from the education provided. In the assessment, particular emphasis is laid on the quality of the applicant’s thesis plan. Further criteria for assessment are the applicant’s previous study results; capacity for independent work and critical analysis, demonstrated by previous degree projects, for example; relevant experience; and interviews.

The application must be written in Swedish or English, and comprise the following:

Filled-in application form, available in Swedish only, which may be downloaded from

  1. CV or list of qualifications with register transcripts confirming the applicant’s general and specific eligibility for education at doctoral level.
  2. Attested true copies of degree and/or diploma certificates.
  3. Dissertations at basic (Bachelor, first-cycle) and advanced (Master, second-cycle) level, and/or degree projects.
  4. A thesis plan written in Swedish or English (approx. five pages long, excluding references), describing the project that the applicant intends to carry out.
  5. Brief summary (approx. 300 words) of the thesis plan, written in the language in which the applicant intends to write the thesis.

Other information:

More information about education at doctoral level in our subjects is available on the Department’s website.

For information about admission criteria and other matters, see the Faculty of Languages’ web page on PhD studies in languages and literature.

Provisions concerning doctoral students may be found in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1–7 and Chapter 7, Sections 34–36, and in the Policies and regulations at Uppsala University.

Salary: subject to local agreement (Local collective agreement on salaries for doctoral students, unofficial translation).

Starting date: 1 September 2021 or by agreement.

Type of employment: time-limited employment.

Scope of employment: 100%.

General and detailed information about research specialisations for PhD positions is provided by Maria Svensson, director of studies for PhD education, 46 18 471 1436,

We look forward to receiving your application not later than 1 February 2021, UFV-PA 2020/4573.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Modern Languages

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

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4573

Last application date: 2021-02-01

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