PhD Positions in the History of Science and Ideas

Uppsala University Department of History of Science and Ideas


2–3 PhD positions in the History of Science and Ideas

Published: 2022-03-22

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Department of History of Science and Ideas is a vibrant and excellent research environment, with outstanding research groups in political history, history of medicine and history of science, as well as strong profiles in global intellectual history, media history and the history of education. Around 50 teachers, researchers and fellows work at the department, including 12 PhD students. See our website for more information. 

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Successful candidates will pursue their doctoral studies full-time in Uppsala and are expected to participate actively in departmental activities such as seminars, workshops, etc. The position is a 4-year full-time employment (starting salary is currently 28 300 SEK/month). The position might also entail teaching and other assignments up to 20 % of the full-time position (extending the position proportionally).


To be eligible the applicant must have a Master’s Degree in the humanities or social sciences relevant to research in the broad field of history of science and ideas (see our website for examples). We encourage applicants from all countries to apply. Swedish reading and listening comprehension is expected within two years.

Admission to a PhD programme at Uppsala University is highly competitive.

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


Your application can be written in English or Swedish and should include: 1) a brief CV outlining your academic progress to date, 2) a copy of your MA thesis, or, if this is not complete, a summary and table of contents as well as at least one sample section, 3) a statement (of no more than 1500 words) outlining your proposed research. This outline should describe your research question and how it is related to the current state of research. The outline should also have a short discussion of possible sources for answering your question and methodological considerations regarding the potential of these sources, 4) an authorized copy of your Master’s degree and course grades, 5) name and e-mail addresses of at least two referees.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 01-09-2022 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Head of Department, Frans Lundgren, tel.+46-18-4711580, e- mail:, or Director of PhD studies, Thomas Karlsohn, tel. +46-18-4711581, e-mail:

Please submit your application by 31 May 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1049.

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Placement: Department of History of Science and Ideas

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

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 2

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1049

Last application date: 2022-05-31

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