Vacancies | Doctoral students in Sports Science specialising in the humanities and social sciences within the Learning in Multicultural Contexts PhD school, to Malmö University | Apply before January 18, 2021

PhD school on the theme Learning in Multicultural Contexts

The PhD school for Learning in Multicultural Contexts gathers doctoral students who are interested in globalisation, multiculturalism and education. Within the framework of five different research education subjects, studies are made of how learning and the organisation of education take place in a society characterised by migration, digitalisation and political mobility. These processes have contributed to a number of new multicultural and transnational contexts shaping childhood and adulthood and leading to transformation within school, society and everyday human life.

The sport sciences research education subject specializing in social sciences and the humanities is looking for two doctoral students to form part of the research school for learning in multicultural contexts.

Sport sciences specializing in social sciences and the humanities

The focus on research education in Sport Sciences specializing on social sciences and the humanities lies on the forms of sport and on their past, present and future importance to society.

The education comprises a range of areas from competitive, recreational and experience sports to sport as a school subject including outdoor education 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 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 and within the school subject (PE).

The sport science research environment includes some 15 researchers as well as an almost equal number of research students. The research is primarily within the humanities and the social sciences, and in regard to the research conduct at the department, sport is considered to be a multi-dimensional, societal and cultural phenomenon and includes physical activity, physical education (PE), exercise and sport performance. This also include research on elite sport.

Content and duties

Those who are employed as doctoral students are expected to primarily devote themselves to their own research education (located at Malmö University). The intended degree is a PhD, which corresponds to a 4-year full-time research education. 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:

      • Having completed a second-cycle level degree
      • Having fulfilled course requirements comprising a minimum of 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 second-cycle credits, or
      • 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 adequately 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.

Consideration is taken to the command of language required by the education.


      • Contact person for the Department of Sport Sciences, Prefect Torun Mattsson,, +46 70-9655307
      • Contact person for the subject of Sport Science specializing in Social Sciences and the Humanities: Director of Studies, Professor Kutte Jönsson,, +46 40-6658644
      • Contact person for the Learning in Multicultural Contexts research school: Associate Professor Anne Harju,, +46 40-6658382

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 the ‘Apply’ button below. Applications are accepted in the following languages: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and English. 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 18 January, 2021.

The application must include:

      •  A letter of application describing your background and interest in the research education (max 2 pages)
      •  A certified curriculum vitae
      •  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)
      •  A list of independent second-cycle work
      •  Any other publications you wish to include (a maximum of 3 research reports or academic articles or the equivalent)
      • Certified certificates and testimonials (e.g. diplomas, work experience)
      • References


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 2021.

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