PhD Position in Science Education Research

Stockholm University Department of Mathematics and Science Education

PhD Position in Science Education Research

Ref. No. SU FV-0900-21

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at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Closing date: 23 April 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. The science education research group comprises of approximately 20 people; two full professors, a number of senior researchers and six PhD students.

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 www.mnd.su.se/english/.

Project description

For this PhD position applicants are welcome to submit project plans that investigate issues of inclusion/exclusion and participation in science, using, for example, gender, identity, intersectionality, and/or queer perspectives. The project can concern all educational levels from pre-school to higher education.

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

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

Selection

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 candidate’s documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, the candidate’s 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 PhD position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: www.su.se/rules 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.

Expected starting date: September 1st 2021.

More information about PhD studies at Stockholm University can be found here: https://www.su.se/english/education/top-reasons-to-choose-su/our-courses-and-programmes/phd-studies-at-stockholm-university-1.520476

Contact

For more information, please contact Professor Anna Danielsson, telephone: +46(0)8 120 765 72, anna.danielsson@mnd.su.se, or director for postgraduate education, Eva Norén, telephone: +46(0)8 1207 6629, eva.noren@mnd.su.se.

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, saco@saco.su.se, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, alejandra@st.su.se, seko@seko.su.se (SEKO), and PhD student representative, doktorandombud@sus.su.se.

Application

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 at MND.
  • A research plan (max 2000 words, excl. references) where you describe a doctoral project within the focus of the position.
  • 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).
  • 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: 23/04/2021

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