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3 or more PhD candidate positions in Economic History, Sweden

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The Economic History department is a strong research and teaching environment with over 50 researchers, including more than 20 PhD students. Our PhD Program forms part of the Swedish Postgraduate School in Economic History. See or website for more information: www.ekhist.uu.se.

Duties/description of projects: The PhD program consists of four years of full-time studies. In terms of the Swedish university credit system, the program comprises 240 credits (30 credits = 1 semester of full-time study). There are two main components of the program: course work (75 credits) and work related to the PhD dissertation (165 credits). PhD students are also expected to participate in departmental activities such as seminars, workshops, etc, as well as in the activities of the National Postgraduate School. Applicants must have a willingness and ability to learn Swedish rapidly, as parts of the program are held in Swedish, as well as many seminars and meetings.

Applications are invited for at least 3 positions, all beginning on 1 September 2017:

  • One PhD candidate position without a specific research orientation
  • Two or more positions in research projects specified below.

Full funding is offered for a maximum of four years, either as a salaried PhD candidate or as a combination of an initial study grant (three years) followed by a salaried PhD candidate position for the final year (this applies regularly for PhD positions linked to specific research projects).

Besides these positions we are also announcing one further PhD position at our department in connection to Uppsala Antibiotic Center (UAC). Please observe that, if interested, you need to apply for this additional position separately, see announcement.

PhD candidate positions linked to specific research projects have a stipulated research direction, but the PhD candidate can define his/her own research topic within this direction. The following research projects offer doctoral positions:

Project 1. Between public and private. The emergence of state supervision and control of the Swedish banking sector. The strong economic development in Sweden around 1900 included a rapid expansion of the financial sector, especially of commercial banking. A well functioning banking sector was increasingly seen as important for the durable development of the real economy. The state’s role changed through legislative reforms as well as a new perception of its responsibility for oversight and control of the banking system. The project studies the rise and formalisation of Swedish banking supervision. Key questions include (1) the political process that led to the creation of the Bank Inspection Board; (2) the interaction between the public and the private in this process; and (3) the institutional development of Swedish banking supervision. Good skills in the Swedish language are required for this position. Project leaders/contacts: Tom Petersson (tom.petersson@uadm.uu.se) and Mikael Wendschlag (mikael.wendschlag@ekhist.uu.se).

Project 2. Environmental protection and capital needs: corporate finance in the Swedish pulp and paper industry during the 1970’s and 80’s. The introduction of the 1969 Swedish Environment Protection Act brought about a large-scale environmental adaptation of the Swedish pulp and paper industry. Over the course of the 1970’s and 80’s, effluents from Swedish pulp and paper mills were reduced by 70-80 %. Adaptation of this kind requires large-scale investments. The project aims to examine the importance of financing for the environmental adaptation of this industry. How did the need of and access to external financing vary between companies, depending on company size, ownership and other factors? Good knowledge in Swedish is required, and basic skills in statistics are desirable for this position. Project leader/contact: Lars Karlsson (lars.karlsson@ekhist.uu.se)

Additional PhD positions with external funding may become available in other projects.

Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/Rules_and_regulations_in_English/

Qualifications: To be eligible for admission to the doctoral program in Economic History, the general requirement for the applicant is a completed a master’s degree (or an advanced degree equivalent to at least 240 Swedish university credits including at 60 credits or more from advanced level) from a recognized university or third level institution. Specific requirement for admission is the completion of an equivalent to 90 Swedish university credits in Economic History, or other academic qualifications equivalent to this or of high relevance for research in Economic History.

How to apply: Applications can be written in Swedish or English, should be posted via the link specified at the bottom of the page and consist of: 1) a completed application form 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) A description (2-3 pages) of your research interests, skills, outlook and motivation to apply for the PhD program. Explain which project you are interested in and/or describe a research question that you would like to study; 4) Certified transcript(s) of your academic record/degree(s) to date; 5) Copies of your thesis work (from bachelor and master degrees or equivalent academic papers); 6) Two academic reference letters (with contact details); 7) Other documents you may wish to attach (including for instance additional written academic work or references)

Assessment procedure: A recruitment committee will select applicants through a review of submitted documents and contacts with referees. The decision will mainly be based on the quality of the submitted thesis works. A group of applicants will be called to an interview in late June 2017. Applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process shortly thereafter.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 9 June 2017

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Posted on 2017-05-01 04:15:44


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