Doctoral student positions at the Faculty of Law, Sweden

The Faculty of Law at Uppsala University invites applications for at least two doctoral student positions. An employed doctoral student must primarily devote his or her time to his or her own doctoral research. Other duties at the faculty may be included, such as teaching students, working in teaching teams, and administration (no more than 20% of the position). A requirement for employment as a doctoral student is that the applicant must have been admitted to doctoral studies. The regulations governing the employment of doctoral students and admittance to doctoral studies are found in Chapter 5, Sections 1-7, and Chapter 7, Sections 34-41, of the Higher Education Ordinance, and in the general syllabus for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University.

In order to be admitted to doctoral studies, the applicant is required to meet the following qualifications.

To qualify as applicant with the Faculty of Law, the applicant must either

۱) in Sweden, have completed a Master of Laws degree or completed a law programme, or

۲) in Sweden or abroad, have acquired knowledge equivalent to the degrees mentioned in 1). In evaluating whether the knowledge is sufficient, consideration must be given to what is required to successfully benefit from the doctoral programme in the specific subject area.

Applicants must have an adequate knowledge of Swedish or English. Proficiency in English should be documented. As a benchmark, the applicant should have above 7 for IELTS and at least 80, 22 of which for reading comprehension and 24 for literacy, for TOEFL.

The overall purpose of the doctoral studies is to provide future newly qualified doctors of laws with good prospects for a successful career within or outside of higher education. This includes in-depth knowledge of the chosen subject in the field of research, a capacity for independent and critical thinking, proficiency in scientific methods and modes of working, an ability to identify interesting and researchable issues, teaching skills and the ability to express him- or herself well both orally and in writing, an ability to operate in an international context and an ability to understand and deal with ethical issues concerning research.

Admission is based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the doctoral studies, including the applicant’s ability to cooperate, e.g. with teaching colleagues. The Faculty’s needs to recruit doctoral candidates in all subject areas may also be taken into account.

Your application including the below required attachments is to be electronically submitted.

Project description in Swedish or English (required document)
The project description should include the research question(s) of the proposed research, the relationship between the research topic and the relevant area of research, research already undertaken in this field, a reflection upon material and method, a time plan, and the possible scientific value and contribution of the proposed project. The project description must comprise no more than 35,000 characters including spaces (approximately ten A4-pages).

Popular summary in Swedish or English (required document)
The project summary must include a brief popular summary in Swedish or English, no longer than 2,000 characters including spaces.

CV in Swedish or English (required document)

Grade transcripts (required document) and other certificates in Swedish or English

Written scientific work (electronic copy of books, articles, undergraduate essays, manuscripts, etc.)

A statement from a potential supervisor or, alternatively, a letter of recommendation or contact details for at least one reference person (e.g. university teacher or employer)
In order to be admitted, the applicant needs a statement from a professor or an associate professor at the Faculty of Law in Uppsala, stating that he or she is willing to supervise the proposed project. If a statement from a potential supervisor is not attached to the application, the Faculty of Law will, if possible, obtain such a statement for prioritised projects. When the application does not include a statement, a letter of recommendation or contact details for a reference person may be of particular importance.

Application forms for admission to doctoral studies, and employment as a doctoral student, are available on our webpage (required documents)

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Please note that those already admitted to doctoral studies must attach an updated individual syllabus to the application for employment as a doctoral student. To download the individual syllabus, please click here.

Decisions on admissions are made by the Research Committee at the Faculty of Law upon preparation by an evaluation committee specifically set up for this purpose. As part of the admission procedure, interviews may be held with a limited number of applicants. Only applicants who have a potential supervisor at the Faculty of Law by the time of the interview or shortly thereafter, may be offered a position as a doctoral student.

Local guidelines are established for setting the salary.

Decisions on employment are made by the Head of Department. A person may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but no longer than the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral research. For teaching within the employment, extension is admitted.

Starting date: 1 September 2016 or according to agreement.

Further information may be obtained from
Mikael Hansson, Director of Studies, e-mail:, phone: +46 18 471 68 56, Maria Cicilaki, Research Secretary, e-mail:, phone: +46 18 471 20 54.

You are Welcome to submit your application, including required documents, no later than 1 March 2016, UFV-PA 2015/3264.

Only complete applications will be taken into consideration.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 March 2016

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