Doctoral studentships in sport sciences, specializing in the humanities and social sciences, at Malmö University, within the Learning in Multicultural Contexts graduate school. Application deadline January 17, 2020

Ref REK 2019/286

The Ph.D. program within sport sciences, specializing in social sciences and the humanities, is looking for two doctoral students to form part of the graduate school for learning in multicultural contexts. We particularly welcome applications concerning either (1) environmental and sustainability issues or (2) talent identification, selection and professionalisation of sports for children and youth.

    • The growing sport sector produces many positive societal benefits, but also generates undesirable environmental impacts. Functional specialization, urbanization, increased mobility and new technologies drive many of the changes at present, while concurrently offerong opportunities for more sustainable practices not yet realized. In this call we welcome applications concerning relationships between environmental issues, planning practices, knowledge, learning and behavioural changes.
    • The phenomenon of talent identification, selection and professionalisation of sports for youth and adolescence is increasing globally. A multitude of projects occur and are financed using government, region and private resources. These projects occur in different contexts, e.g. schools, academies, national federations and local clubs. Therefore, we welcome applications that can contribute to a more complex understanding of the consequences of these phenomena from a societal and, preferably, an international perspective.

Sport sciences specializing in social sciences and the humanities

The focus of the sport sciences Ph.D. program lies on the forms of sport and on their past, present and future importance for society. The program comprises a range of areas from competitive, recreational and experience sports to sport as a school subject as well as outdoor activities and physical recreation. The contribution of sport to society is studied on the basis of problem complexes like sport regulation and normativity, state, market and civil society in relation to sport, sport’s own selection mechanisms, as well as the way societal structures and social categories, such as gender, ethnicity, sexuality, generation and social class, affect and are affected by sport.

The sport science research environment at the Deptartment of Sport Sciences in Malmö includes some 15 researchers as well as an almost equal number of Ph.D. students. The research is multidisciplinary and has strong societal relevance. The starting point is that societal aspects – like equal opportunity, socioeconomics and cultural diversity – always affect sport, while, simultaneously, the importance of sport is sufficiently strong to exert an influence on society.

Content and duties

Those who are employed as doctoral students are expected to devote themselves primarily to their own Ph.D. studies (located at Malmö University). The intended degree is a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, which corresponds to four years of full-time studies. Departmental duties may amount to a maximum of 20%.


The processes of admission to research education and employment as a doctoral student run in parallel. The basic eligibility for admission includes the following:

    1. having completed a second-cycle level degree,
    2. having fulfilled course requirements comprising a minimum of 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 second-cycle credits, or
    3. having in other ways, inside or outside Sweden, substantially acquired the equivalent knowledge. (Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 7, section 39)

Specific eligibility

Specific eligibility applies to those having obtained the command of language required by the education as well as having presented an approved independent study within sport sciences, comprising at least 15 second-cycle credits, or having been assessed by Malmö University as possessing the equivalent knowledge.

Bases for assessment

The basis for selection among eligible applicants is their ability to benefit from the education and to reach its goal. In the assessment of eligible applicants’ ability to benefit from the education, consideration is taken to the applicant’s independence and planning of previous work; the applicant’s previously demonstrated ability to complete work adequately; the applicant’s ability to formulate research and problem areas, both in previous work and in the research plan for working with the intended dissertation; the degree of methodological and scientific maturity both in previously performed work and in the research plan, as well as the ability to communicate, both in writing and orally. At the admission, consideration is taken to the command of language required by the education.


Contact person for the Department of Sport Sciences is Torun Mattsson, Head of Department,, 070-965 5307

Contact person for the subject of Sport Science specializing in Social Sciences and the Humanities: Director of Studies Docent Kutte Jönsson,, 040-665 8644

Contact person for the Learning in Multicultural Contexts graduate school: Professor Malin Ideland,, 040-665 82 41

In the recruitment process, Malmö University has taken a stand on the issue of recruitment channels and marketing. Hence, any offer of advertising or recruitment help in connection with this advertisement will be declined.


You apply for the position via Malmö University recruitment system by clicking on ‘Apply’ below. As an applicant, it is your responsibility that the application fulfils the requirements stated in the advertisement and that it will be submitted to the university no later than 17 January, 2020.

The application must include:

    1. A letter of application describing your background and interest in the research education (max 2 pages)
    2. A certified curriculum vitae
    3. A brief research plan presenting the focus of the research and a dissertation proposal as well as a description of how this relates to the specific advertising (max 4 pages)
    4. A list of independent second-cycle work
    5. Any other publications you wish to include (a maximum of 3 research reports or academic articles or the equivalent)
    6. Certified certificates and testimonials (e.g. diplomas, work experience)
    7. References

Further information

This is a temporary full-time position in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Ch. 5, section 7.

Malmö University is an academic workplace characterised by an open and inclusive approach, with an equality and equal opportunity policy constituting an added value for our organisation.


Date of access: September 1 2020.

Union representatives

SACO Therese Vincenti Malmgren,
Lärarförbundet Monika Kristiansson,
ST Naser Eftekharian,

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