The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies invites applications for the doctoral training program in History of Science and Ideas.
The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies conducts teaching and research in Archaeology, Environmental Archaeology, Philosophy, History, History and Education, History of Science and Ideas, Religious Studies and Theology, and Science, Technology and Environment.
Courses and degrees in History of Science and Ideas are offered at basic, advanced and PhD levels. Over the years, the discipline has developed excellent research on several thematic topics, such as history of everyday life; history of science and technology; environmental history; history of medicine and health; history of religious thought; and gender history. This research also targets the Faculty of Arts’ efforts to strengthen digital humanities and research on global social and environmental challenges. Research in History of Science and Ideas connected to digital humanities includes historical studies of digital phenomena, use and development of digitised sources, and use of digital methods for historical analysis. Research in History of Science and Ideas connected to global social and environmental challenges imply research that takes such a challenge as a point of departure and that aims at producing knowledge of importance for understanding and dealing with it. History of Science and Ideas in Umeå is a dynamic discipline that strives to foster cooperation beyond established knowledge and disciplinary boundaries. Our research seminar in History and History of Science and Ideas is a significant meeting place for us. Another important venue, especially for digital studies and culture, is the faculty’s humanities laboratory HUMlab. More information about the research environment is available on the individual researcher’s website.
To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, the applicant must meet both general and specific eligibility requirements. General requirements: a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field, having completed course requirements worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or in some other way – either in Sweden or abroad – having acquired equivalent knowledge.
In order to meet the specific eligibility requirements for admission to studies in history of science and ideas at third-cycle level, the applicant must have completed at least 30 credits at second-cycle level, with an independent project worth at least 15 credits. Students who have acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way, either within Sweden or abroad, may be admitted for third-cycle studies after assessment.
See General Syllabus.
Applicants are ranked with reference to their capacity to benefit from and complete the program. The assessment is based primarily on prior study results, with particular consideration given to essays, and the quality of the research plan and its relevance for the subject area. The assessment is also based on references and interviews, and possibly additional evaluations of the main candidates.
Terms of employment
PhD students will mainly devote themselves to their own education at third-cycle level. Employment as a PhD student will be for the time deemed necessary for the completion of research studies at a normal rate of study, which corresponds to a full-time position for four years. An initial contract of 12 months is extended with up to two years at a time provided that the individual study plan is followed. A PhD student may to a limited extent also work with teaching and administration up to a maximum of 20 percent of full-time. The period of employment may thus be extended up to a maximum of five years. The entry level salary is 26 500 SEK and rises in three steps to 31 000 SEK.
PhD students are affiliated with the Faculty of Arts Doctoral College, coordinated with the PhD training program at the relevant department. The PhD studies begin at the start of the autumn semester, 3 September 2018. The place of work is Umeå University. The PhD students are expected to actively contribute to the research environment.
According to The Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 12 §2, a decision of appointment for a PhD student position may not be appealed.
An application should contain:
Your application must be registered in Umeå University’s e-recruitment system no later than 9 March 2018.
We look forward to receiving your application!
Christer Nordlund, Professor
+46 90-786 97 33, Christer.Nordlund@umu.se
Peter Lindström, Director of Doctoral Studies
+46 90-786 62 31, Peter.Lindstrom@umu.se
Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department
+46 90-786 99 90, Jonas.Nilsson@umu.se
090-786 53 65
090-786 52 96
090-786 54 31