Deadline : 11 June, 2019

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 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. The department hosts a dynamic research milieu and is internationally oriented. Currently approx. 80 persons are employed at the Department and some 300-400 students from around the world are enrolled every academic year. 

They are now seeking to fill:

  • One general PhD position in peace and conflict research.
    The applicant shall submit a project plan with a proposed PhD theme related to peace and conflict research.
  • Two PhD positions in peace and conflict research with focus on international interventions and violence against civilians.
    The two PhD candidates will be part of two interrelated projects led by Associate Professor Lisa Hultman. One project (Ending Atrocities), funded by a Wallenberg Academy fellowship, examines how international interventions influence the security of civilians. The other project (The Politics of Protection), funded by a Swedish Research Council consolidator grant, explores the determinants and forms of international responses to atrocities. The PhD students are to pursue research on the causes or consequences of international intervention in relation to violence against civilians – broadly defined. This may include, but is not restricted to, the trade-offs between different forms of intervention; the complementarity of humanitarian and military efforts; coercive vs. non-coercive responses to atrocities; and the importance of norms in shaping international responses to atrocities. The successful candidates are free to define and develop their project ideas within the broad parameters of the larger projects.Project plans and further information is available upon request (from project leader Lisa Hultman,

Work description:
PhD candidates primarily focus on their own doctoral education. A maximum of 20% of the position may involve other administrative and educational responsibilities at the Department.

Employment as a PhD candidate requires acceptance into the DPCR’s PhD program, which is decided through an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the program.

The application shall be in English, filled out online and shall include:

1) completed application form for doctoral studies

2) short personal letter (1-2 pages)

3) CV

4) certified transcripts of academic records

5) a project plan (3-5 pages) related to the topic specified above

6) letters of reference/recommendation (max 2 letters) or a list of references (max 2) which can be contacted

7) writing samples (1-3 samples)

8) an indication in the web-formula of whether you apply for 1) the general position, 2) a specialized position in international intervention and violence against civilians, or 3) both the general and the specialized positions.

The application form for doctoral studies is available at the address below, along with detailed instructions for completing the application.

Through reference to the general syllabus for graduate studies, the applicant should first ensure that s/he meets the requirements for general or special eligibility for studies in the field of peace and conflict research at the post-graduate level.


Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 1 October 2019, or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

Concerning the positions on ‘International interventions and violence against civilians’, please contact Lisa Hultman, email:

Please submit your application by 11 June 2019.

For more information and to apply, click here. 

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