PhD student in Psychology

Stockholm (SE)
02 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

PhD students in Psychology (3)
at the Department of Psychology.

Ref. No. SU FV-0595-17
Closing date: 1 April 2017. 

The Department of Psychology is a large and creative workplace with education in psychology at all levels, from the first to the third cycle. Over 1,000 students take part in our various courses and programmes, including the psychologist programme, the psychotherapist programme, specialist education, master’s programmes, a PhD programme and more. The Stockholm University Psychology Clinic is our own psychotherapy reception with different specializations. We also host successful research in a variety of fields, and our researchers belong to one of our six research divisions.

Project description
We are announcing two to three PhD student positions in psychology within specific subjects (i.e., project positions). The specified project positions will be associated with the following three projects:

  • Project position 1: Problem Gambling. For further information, contact Professor Per Carlbring,, at the Division of Clinical Psychology.
  • Project position 2: Echolocation training: Learning to use spatial information in sound reflections. For further information, contact Professor Mats Nilsson,, at the Division for Perception and Psychophysics.
  • Project position 3: The smell of prejudice: An electrophysiological investigation on the the link between prejudice and body odor disgust sensitivity. For further information, contact Dr Marco Tullio Liuzza,, at the Division for Perception and Psychophysics.

Please clearly state in the application which project position you apply for.

Applicants may submit only one application to any of the specific projects above. To be considered for appointment to a specified project position, an applicant must receive employment within the project. At least two specified project positions will be appointed in the above projects. Given that most projects receive eligible applicants, the quality of the applications will determine those projects that will become PhD positions.

Those applying to a specified project position may also submit a research proposal for the unspecified subject position (advertised separately). Applicants who submit two research proposals will only be considered simultaneously for the position within an unspecified subject if the two proposals are substantially different from one another with respect to theory, method and/or research area. Applicants should also specify how the two research proposals differ.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of psychology stipulates that applicants must have completed at least 90 first-cycle or second-cycle higher education credits in psychology, have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. Those studies should include a thesis corresponding to a minimum of 15 credits.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

A review committee will assess the candidate’s ability to successfully complete the PhD program. Criteria used in the review process are the candidate’s research plan, which should be included in the application, a previous paper/publication and other relevant educational and professional merits.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: Rules & Regulations.

Terms of employment
The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For further information about the project positions, please contact the respective project leader (see above).

For further information about the application, please contact the administrator for the PhD program Monika Karlsson, telephone: +46 8 16 38 64,

For general information about the Department of Psychology or the PhD program, please contact the Director of studies for the PhD program Fredrik Jönsson, telephone: +46 8 16 38 76,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,​​.

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. 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.

Please see the webpage of the Department of Psychology for additional information and guidelines for the application. (Link to Swedish language version.)

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 01/04/2017

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