PhD Position in Science Education

Stockholm University Department of Mathematics and Science Education


PhD student in science education in the doctoral school RelMaS Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-2533-21


at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Closing date: 30 September 2021.

The Department of Mathematics and Science Education (MND) has the largest combined department in mathematics and science education in Sweden, with approximately 120 employees and several active research groups spanning all levels of the educational system. The department educational programs are primarily directed to the pre-service education of mathematics and science teachers for school and highschool.

Master and Magister programs for further professional qualification of in-service teachers are also offered. The research at the department covers all the levels of the educational system and several researchers work with participatory research-design.

Research in mathematics education unfolds in topics such as children’s mathematical reasoning and thinking, higher mathematics conceptual development, assessment of mathematics learning, multilingualism and cultural diversity in school mathematics learning, school mathematics and social inclusion and exclusion, and mathematics’ teachers learning and professional development.

Science education research covers curriculum and classroom interaction studies in biology, physics and chemistry. The research concerns, for example, identity perspectives, education for sustainable development, semiotic resources, laboratory work, sex education, public education at museum, and science learning in multilingual school settings.

Read more about the department at For further information, visit the pages of mathematics mathematics education and science education.

Project description

The doctoral research will be developed in the frame of the national doctoral school RelMaS, which is a program funded by the Swedish Research Council, and offered in partnership between Stockholm, Malmö and Uppsala universities. The doctoral school admitted its first cohort of students in 2021, and we are now recruiting a second cohort of students. It is directed to increase the research capacity in teacher education in the areas of mathematics and science education.

The doctoral program aims at developing practice-oriented research aiming to analyze and develop didactic models for making relevant mathematics and science education.

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. RelMaS has available a total of 9 doctoral positions, 4 of which will be placed at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education.

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. Projects can be formulated as science education or interdisciplinary cutting across science and mathematics.

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Qualification requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of science education focused on school level science education stipulates that applicants must:

  • Have a qualification as teacher in one of the science subjects.
  • Have approved courses equivalent to 30 credits at second-cycle level in the area of science education, including thesis work for at least 15 credits.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of science education focused on higher education stipulates that applicants must:

  • Have approved courses equivalent to 180 credits at second-cycle level in a science discipline, including thesis work for at least 15 credits.
  • Have approved courses equivalent to 30 credits at second-cycle level in the area of science education, including thesis work for at least 15 credits.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, the candidates’ 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 thematics area of the doctoral school RelMaS.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Terms of employment

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20% of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

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


For more information, please contact the project leader for RelMaS2, Anna Danielsson (Professor of Science Education), telephone: +46 8 1207 65 72,, Paola Valero (Professor of Mathematics Education and project leader for RelMaS1), telephone: +46 8 1207 68 21 or +46 72 148 93 34,, or director of post-graduate studies in mathematics and science education Eva Norén (Associate Professor in Mathematics Education), telephone: +46 8 1207 66 29,

Union representatives

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


Apply for the PhD student 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 (max 1000 words) where you describe why you are interested in pursuing doctoral studies in RelMaS. If you apply to several different PhD positions at MND and/or to PhD positions within RelMaS at different universities we ask you to prioritize between the different positions in your application. 
  • A research plan (max 200 words) where you describe a doctoral project within the frame of RelMaS.
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience 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).
  • Eventually letters of recommendation and other merits that the applicant wants to highlight (no more than 6 files)

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

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: 30/09/2021


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