Three Doctoral Studentships in Political Science
Type of employment: Limit of tenure, 31 August 2017
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, Lund
First day of employment: 1 September 2013
Official Records Number: SPA 2012/591
The PhD programme amounts to 240 credits (equivalent to four years of full-time study) and concludes with the doctoral student’s public defense of his or her printed thesis. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. The regulations on employment of doctoral students are to be found in Chapter 5 Sections 1–7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the research and teaching environment of the department and perform departmental duties, primarily teaching, amounting to a maximum of 20 per cent of working hours. A general syllabus and other information is available at http://www.svet.lu.se/English_pages/Forskarstudieinfo/Default.lasso
The three advertised posts have different specialisations:
1. General. This post is funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences and has no specialisation. The successful candidate is free to choose a specialisation for the thesis project.
2. Foreign Policy Analysis. This post is part of the project Mediatisation of European foreign policy – a cross-time, cross-national comparison (project description at http://www.svet.lu.se/css_forskning.lasso?-token.page=forskningsprojektdetaljer&-token.topmenu=forskning&-token.course=79) which is funded by Riksbankens jubileumsfond and Lund University and involves researchers from Gothenburg and Lund Universities. The Lund part of the project is managed by Douglas Brommesson. The aim of the project is to examine the assumption that politics has been adapted to mediatisation through comparative and empirical analysis of the foreign policies of European states. More specifically, the project investigates whether there is a co-variation between degrees of mediatisation and the presence of political cultures of consensus or conflict, and the different manifestations of mediatisation. The successful candidate is expected to engage actively in the project team and conduct comparative analyses of foreign policy that contribute to the general aims of the project. The doctoral student will be free, however, to conduct independent research, to select research questions, to develop theoretical approaches and decide on research methods. As the project is based on teamwork, the successful candidate will be expected to work mainly at the department’s premises in Lund.
3. Environment and Sustainability. The post is part of the Lund University Center of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID: www.lucid.lu.se) and is funded by Linnaeus grants from Formas and the Swedish Research Council. The centre is managed by Professor Lennart Olsson and a steering group including Annica Kronsell from the Department of Political Science. The general aim of the research centre is to integrate social and ecological dimensions of sustainability through various research challenges, themes and specialisations. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research within the project’s third theme: sustainability strategies and implementation. It is desirable that the doctoral student focuses on state agencies and governance processes in the field of sustainability, but he or she will conduct independent research and will be free to select research issues, develop theoretical approaches and decide on research methods. It would be advantageous for the empirical part of the project to engage with one of the research challenges defined by the centre. As interdisciplinarity is the principal aim of the centre, the doctoral student is expected to be interested in cross-disciplinary research. The doctoral student will be based at the Department of Political Science in Lund but will be expected to participate in the LUCID environment and in research activities at the centre.
A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she 1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification 2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or 3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. Those who meet the general entry requirements for doctoral programmes before 1 July 2007 will also be considered to meet the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes after that, however, until no later than the end of June 2015, in accordance with the following paragraph. A person meets the general entry requirements if he or she possesses a first-cycle qualification comprising at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad. In addition to the general entry requirement for third-cycle courses and study programmes, the applicant must have at least 30 credits in Political Science at second-cycle level or have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad. The applicant must also have completed an independent project comprising at least 15 credits at second-cycle level.
Basis of Assessment
The regulations on employment of doctoral students are to be found in the Higher Education Ordinance. Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education institution may be appointed to doctoral studentships. The main criterion for appointment shall be the ability of the student to benefit from third-cycle courses and study programmes. Further assessment criteria are grades, primarily on thesis papers, secondarily on courses in or of relevance to political science, and thirdly grades in general. In addition, the different specialisations have specific assessment criteria.
1. General: The primary assessment criterion is the quality of the submitted academic papers. The project plan will only be used as basis for discussion with those selected for interviews in the final stage of the process.
2. Foreign Policy Analysis: The primary selection criterion is the quality of the submitted academic papers, but the project plan will serve as an additional assessment criterion. The applicant must be strongly committed to research studies and possess good teamwork and communication skills as the research will be conducted within a research team. Previous experience of comparative political science research, particularly specialising in foreign policy analysis, is a special qualification. Proficiency in English is a requirement.
3. Environment and sustainability: The primary selection criterion is the quality of the submitted academic papers, but the project plan will serve as an additional assessment criterion. The applicant must be strongly committed to research studies and possess good teamwork and communication skills as the research will be conducted within a research team. Knowledge and skills in the field of the environment and sustainability are special qualifications. The applicant is therefore to describe clearly such knowledge and skills and any experience from other disciplines or interdisciplinary contexts. Proficiency in English is a requirement.