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Type Job
Categoryies (tags) Uncategorized
Dates 2020/05/01 - 2020/05/27
Link https://www.gu.se/english/about the university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=5942
Address University of Gothenburg, Sweeden
Geolocation 57° 41' 53", 11° 58' 19"
Abstract due
Submission deadline 2020/05/27
Final version due
Notification date
Tweet The department of Applied IT at the University of Gothenburg is looking to hire one or more Ph.D. candidates in the area of Learning and Information Technologies. The positions are fully funded. Closing date is 27th of May and planned start date is 1st of September
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  • Doctoral student(s): Learning and Information Technologies
  • Diary id: PAR 2020/545
  • Employment level: Fixed term
  • Location: Applied Information Technology
  • Apply by: 2020-05-27
  • The division for Learning, communication and IT at the Department of Applied IT are looking to hire one or more PhD-students within the area of Learning and IT.

The department offers education and carries out research within the areas informatics, learning, communication and cognitive science in close collaboration with the industry and the public sector. Development of the individual’s knowledge and ability to analyze, understand and handle the aspects of digitalization of society, different aspects of IT, interaction between people and interaction between people and technology are in focus.

About 20 persons work at the division for Learning, communication and IT, half of which are employed PhD-students. We focus on issues concerning how IT changes the possibilities for learning and communication in schools, work and everyday life.The divison is ambitious in being a strong research environment within the area of learning, communication and IT. We are part of several strong national and international networks to which the student will be introduced. The division host the Gothenburg Knowledge LAB, a technology and methodology resource for research, development work and teaching within the area.

Job assignments

Admission to a third cycle education, is aiming at a PhD-exam in the subject area. The education runs for four years of fulltime studies equivalent to 240 HEC, comprising thesis work, and academic education i.e. course work and literature studies. The third cycle education consists of courses that are examined gradually, and individual research work resulting in a written PhD thesis that demonstrates the advance of scientific knowledge within the field of study. The PhD-student will perform the study under supervision by a principal supervisor and one or several co-supervisors aiming at the development of the PhD student’s methodology, experience, analytical skills, and theoretical depth and width. Results will be communicated in the form of scientific articles, conference presentations, etc. and a PhD thesis. To obtain a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, doctoral candidates must have written and verbally defended a doctoral thesis that has been passed at a public defence (disputation), and he or she must also have passed the courses and examinations that are included in the study plan.

Besides conducting PhD-studies the students are expected to contribute to the common activites of the division, and conduct departmental duties at 20% of fulltime.

The division´s research is multidisciplinary and researchers explore different research objects, theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. We conduct design and action oriented research as well as more analytical studies. This means that applicants are asked to describe their interest in relation to relevant current issues such as:

  • Learning and virtual or augmented reality (VR/AR)
  • Simulations for training and learning
  • Robots in education, and for learning
  • Plattforms in education, and for learning
  • IT and learning at work
  • Learning through games and plattforms
  • Design and development of new technologies for learning and education
  • Knowledge development in relation to the digitalization of society
  • Research that adresses IT in relation to learning, teaching and education in school or higher education
  • Applicants are expected to gain a view of the research at the division and formulate their research plans in relation to this. The publications from the division can be found here: https://ait.gu.se/lki/publikationer

The applicant will be offered an affiliation to the national graduate for digital technologies in teacher education – UPGRADE. A network connecting nine partners in Sweden: University of Gothenburg, Gävle University, Halmstad University, Jönköping University, University West, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linneaus University, Mid Sweden University and Umeå University. More information on: https://graderesearch.umu.se/en/


To be accepted to a third cycle education in Applied IT with specialization in Education and Informatics both general and specific eligibility is needed.

A person meets the general entry requirements for doctoral education if he or she:

  • has been awarded a qualification on advanced level,
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded on advanced level, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

To be accepted to Applied IT with specialization in Education the applicant must, besides general entry requirements also:

have passed courses comprising of at least 45 credits within a subject with relevance to applied IT with specialization in Education, of which at least 30 credits on the advanced level. and hold a teachers degree and a thesis of at least 15 credits on the advanced level or, has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

To be accepted to Informatics the applicant must, besides general entry requirements also:

  1. hold a degree on master or bachelor level in informatics, information systems, system science or similar subject
  2. or, acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.


The selection of the candidate is based on the following criteria: eligibility of the candidate, and the feasibility, quality and originality of the research plan. Independent work as part of education, as well as texts and publications that shows the capability of assimilating and successfully complete a doctoral education.

The selected applicant will be accepted to the subject Applied IT with specialization in Education or Informatics. As the research is multidisciplinary we accept candidates with backgrounds in education, pedagogy, cognitive science, social science, or similar, as well as from informatics, computer science, system science, or similar. However, applicants should be able to show some merits from both an educational as well as a more IT-oriented background.

The applicant will be assessed on documented excellent ability to communicate in spoken and written English.


Only applicants who can be offered supervision and otherwise acceptable conditions for study as well as proper financing may be admitted to doctoral studies. In addition to the doctoral education the doctoral student may be required to fulfil duties relating to education, research and administrative work (max 20%).

  • The person who gets admitted to doctoral studies and then employed as a doctoral student will be placed at the Department of Applied IT.
  • The employment as a doctoral student concerns full-time / 100 % and planned start date is 1st of September 2020, or according to agreement.

The university applies a local agreement on the salary of PhD students.

Appointment procedure

The preparation of the employment follows the procedures set out in Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance and in accordance with the formal employment procedure applicable at the University of Gothenburg. Selection, potential interviews and assessment will be conducted by a local recruitment group. Interviews may be conducted continously.

For further information

  • Regarding the position please contact Johan Lundin, Head of division: +46 707- 19 13 31
  • Regarding the appointment procedure, please contact Emil Fägerwall Ödman, Human Resources Officer, +46 31 786 29 04


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

Information for International Applicants

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How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

The application shall be written in English. The application shall include:

  • A short cover letter with a motivation that describes the applicant’s suitability for the position (max. one A4 page)
  • An attested list of qualifications (CV)
  • Examination certificates and a transcript of courses with grades
  • A copy of the master thesis (or equivalent), and other relevant publications
  • A research proposal that describes previous and planned research within the field (max. 2000 words, references excluded)
  • Employments certificates and other documents deemed important by the applicant
  • Contact information for at least two references that are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications.
  • Closing date: 27th of May 2020

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.