Postdoctoral Position in Law

University of Gothenburg

Sweden

Postdoctoral Position in Law

Reference number PAR 2024/493

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract researchers and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Law is part of the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. The Department of Law conducts exciting interdisciplinary research and education in the subject of law. The Department has expanded greatly over the last few years and it is steadily growing with new researchers and lecturers joining the staff. Today, there are more than 90 employees, approximately 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students and around 20 doctoral students. More information about the department is at
https://www.gu.se/en/school-business-economics-law/law

Job assignments

The position as a doctoral student in Private Law with focus on Capital Market Law means that you will be enrolled in the department's doctoral programme and you will conduct research on Capital Market Law, Company Law and Bankruptcy and Insolvency law with focus on the regulation of the Swedish corporate bond market.

The overall research question concerns the obligations of an issuer of corporate bonds to treat bond holders equally.

This is a full-time salaried position. The period of employment is initially one year of full-time studies, with the possibility of extension for another three years. The total length of the doctoral position is 48 months of full-time studies. Teaching may be included up to 20 per cent of full-time. In such cases, the employment will be extended correspondingly.

Eligibility

The doctoral position is open to persons who are not admitted to a doctoral programme. In order to be admitted to the doctoral programme, the candidate must meet the requirements for both general and specific eligibility. Furthermore, the applicant must be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the doctoral programme.

An applicant meets the general eligibility requirements for doctoral studies (third-cycle studies) if he or she:
- has been awarded a degree at advanced level (second-cycle qualification),
- has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher ECTS credits of which at least 60 ECTS credits were awarded at advanced level (second cycle), or
- has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

An applicant meets the specific eligibility requirements if he or she has been awarded a Swedish juristexamen or corresponding degrees, i.e., an LLB degree (min. 3 years full time studies, 180 ECTS credits) and an LLM degree, or otherwise has acquired the same level of knowledge and skills.

When assessing whether the qualifications are sufficient, particular consideration shall be given to the requirements to successfully carry out the doctoral studies within the specific field of legal research.

Applicants must possess good skills in Swedish and English.

Applicants must have completed the requisite degrees (LLB and LLM) or must have passed all courses required for such degrees on the 14 June 2024, at the latest.

Assessment

In accordance with the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, Section 5, selection among the qualified applicants will be primarily based on the assessment of the applicant’s ability to complete the doctoral programme. During the selection process, an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications, the qualities of the planned project and the Department's ability to provide necessary support is carried out. The following aspects will be considered when the project outline is assessed: the applicant's knowledge of previous and current research within the field, the scholarly basis of the research questions, the adequacy of indicated methods and the feasibility of the project within the framework of four years of full-time doctoral studies.

Teaching skills are also part of the assessment criteria. Applicants should have a genuine interest in teaching, particularly law and business students.

If two or more applicants have equal qualifications, gender equality and other diversity considerations will be taken into account.

Application procedure

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online 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 closing date. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The application must be submitted electronically in the online recruitment system no later than 14 June 2024.

The application must include:
1. A CV of no more than one page
2. A project outline of no more than seven pages, excluding References
3. Application for admission to doctoral studies on the designated form, available at the website
4. Certified copies of the LL.B. and LL.M. degrees including Diploma supplement providing information about the programme's length, content, passed courses and grades
5. Proof of sufficient knowledge of English and Swedish
6. A writing sample, e.g., a master or bachelor thesis or another text authored by the applicant.

All degrees, diploma supplements and certificates must be certified and translated by an authorised translator into Swedish or English.

Project outline

The project outline shall set out the research question, theory, methodology, and sources of relevance for the project.
The project outline should contain the following headings:
1. Aim, background, and literature review
2. Research problem/research question
3. Methodology
4. Originality and relevance of the project
5. Implementation of the proposed project
6. Reference list (please use the Oxford or the Harvard system format for in-text citations and the reference list)

Contact persons:

Erik Lidman, associate professor, project manager

Christine Forssell, director of studies

Erik Andersson, doctoral students' representative

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.


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