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2 PhD student positions in sociology in the ERC-project JUSTEMOTIONS

Sort on published: 2018-03-05

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with 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 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.

The Department of Sociology seeks to appoint two candidates with excellent academic merits for a four year program. The terms and conditions of employment for doctoral researchers at Uppsala University are internationally highly competitive. The positions will be associated with the project JUSTEMOTIONS; The Construction of Objectivity: An international perspective on the emotive-cognitive process of judicial decision-making, awarded to Associate Professor Stina Bergman Blix by the European Research Council.

The doctoral researcher will be part of an international and interdisciplinary research project. A significant amount of time will be spent collecting data in one of either:

  • Italy, affiliated to the Research Institute on Judicial System of the Italian National Research Council (IRSIG-CNR) in Bologna, where Francesco Contini, Senior researcher, will be appointed as mentor.


  • Scotland, affiliated to the University of Strathclyde, where Professor Cyrus Tata will be appointed as mentor.

For more information about the project see:

The research work includes fieldwork in courts and prosecution offices in either Italy or Scotland

  • shadowing prosecutors and judges
  • court observations of criminal hearings
  • conducting interviews with legal professionals
  • day-to-day management of the project
    • communicating with a range of professionals at different levels
    • transcription and coding of interviews, fieldnotes and documentary sources (using the Software NVivo)
    • communication with project colleagues in Italy, Scotland, USA, and Sweden
    • creation and maintenance of shared qualitative data base of primary and secondary material and published sources
    • development of a shared coding scheme
  • drafting and submitting single and co-authored manuscripts to peer-reviewed international journals
  • communicating findings through court presentations in Italy or Scotland as well as internationally at seminars and conferences

The doctoral student will engage in research work and doctoral literature courses. Other duties at the department, i.e. administration and teaching, may be included in the employment up to a maximum level of 20%. Salary is subject to established local guidelines. 

The length of the study period for full time employment is a maximum of four years. Terms for graduate studies can be found in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap 1-7 §§.

Required qualifications
To be admitted to the Ph.D. program basic as well as specific qualifications are required. To meet the basic qualifications applicants must have a degree at an advanced level, or to demonstrate equivalent qualifications. To meet the specific requirements the applicant must have:

  • 90 credits in sociology (or equivalent relevant qualifications for instance joint honours law/sociology)
  • documented knowledge in the relevant field of research (sociology of emotions and/or socio-legal studies, criminal justice)
  • experience of qualitatve methods (interviews and observations)
  • evidence of excellent written and oral:
    • English, or
    • English and Italian (near native ability)
  • ability to work independently

Desirable qualifications

  • experience of working in law courts
  • experience of studying in more than one European setting
  • a record of publishing
  • experience of project management

For further information on the Ph.D. program see:

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project/thesis, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

The application must include:

  • Application form
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses, language skills
  • A letter (max. 1000 words, excl. references) describing your research interests, skills and motivation to apply for the position:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • An attested copy of relevant degree(s)
  • Copies of texts that illustrate one’s abilities (theses, articles etc.)
  • Two reference letters with contact details

The application (letter and CV) should be written in English. 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.

Economic conditions: Successful candidates will be awarded employment as doctoral candidates for a full period of four years, starting 2018-09-01. Salary will be paid according with the guidelines of Uppsala University. Link to current levels.

Contact the following for further information:
Project leader, Associate Professor Stina Bergman Blix,, phone +46 18 471 50 89.
Director of Graduate studies, Professor Hannah Bradby,, phone +46 18 471 51 83, or
The Head of Department, Professor Ilkka Mäkinen,, phone +46 18 471 14 84.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than April 3, 2018. 

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