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Doctoral position in English, Sweden


Uppsala University invites applications for a doctoral position in English, specialising either in English Linguistics, English Literature, or American Literature, as funding allows. Applications should reach the department no later than 4 November 2016. The position is available from 1 February 2017.

The Department of English is an established research community with scholars working in the fields of English Linguistics, English Literature, and American Literature and Culture.

English language research at the department focuses on the empirical study of past and present variation and development in the language. Among key areas in recent and current research are patterns of structure, meaning and usage in the English language, and variation in such patterns influenced by genre differences or by social factors. Investigations are carried out within frameworks such as variationist studies, (historical) sociolinguistics, (historical) pragmatics, manuscript studies, language learning and statistics. Doctoral students have contributed to the compilation of electronic text resources at the department and joined national and international networks by attending conferences and summer schools and spending periods of time as visiting scholars at universities abroad.

Research in English Literature includes all literatures written in English outside of North America from 1500 to the present. Central concerns and foci across this spectrum include: the making and unmaking of Englishness in English literature; the politics of gender and of race in British writing; the global flows and distribution of English Literature (in the times of the British empire and in the post-colonial and trans-national present); and literary ethics and aesthetics. Recent and current research includes work on Joseph Conrad and William Shakespeare, the literary history of sub-Saharan African writing, the literary history of terrorism, the cultural history of the modern period in Britain (1700-), and the history of science.

Research in American Literature and Culture explores a range of topics from canonical American literature to ethnic studies and visual culture. Focusing on the distinctive voices and styles in American literature from the first encounters between European and Native (North) American populations in the sixteenth century to the present day, we look at how the American literary canon has been shaped and re-defined under the influence of factors such as immigration or popular culture. Current research areas include transnational exchanges, contemporary security cultures, representations of revolutions, visual culture, and intermediality.

For information about the subject, admission requirements, application forms, etc., please see the English department homepage.

To be eligible to apply for a doctoral position in English at Uppsala University, a candidate must hold a master’s degree in English. The Department homepage,, provides further information about the doctoral level-programme in English. Under the headings “Courses/programmes” and “PhD Programme in English”, information is available on the qualifications that are required to apply for the doctoral programme.

Regulations for third-cycle students are found in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1–7; Chapter 6, Sections 25–36; Chapter 7, Sections 34–41, and in the University’s Rules and Regulations at

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.

Local guidelines are in place for pay levels.

For information please contact:
Stuart Robertson, Director of Graduate Studies,, tel. +46 (0)18-471 1006 or Lars Hagborg, Senior Faculty Administrator at the Office for Humanities and Social Sciences,, tel. +46 (0)18-471 1907.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 4 November 2016

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