PhD student position in Political Science with a specialisation in security studies

Institutionen för säkerhet, strategi och ledarskap

The Swedish Defence University and the Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science announce the appointment of a PhD student position in Political Science with a specialisation in security studies

The PhD project tied to this position will analyse policies for resilience and disaster risk reduction and their outcomes at national and local levels. The successful applicant will primarily be engaged in her/his own doctoral studies in Political Science with a focus on Natural Hazards and Disaster Science. Teaching and administration will be limited to a maximum of 20% of fulltime.

The PhD student will be employed at the Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL) at the Swedish Defence University (SEDU), and take active part in CNDS’ curriculum, activities and networks. Until the PhD programme at the Swedish Defence University starts, the PhD student will be registered at another university.


General requirements for admission to postgraduate study are:

A degree at the advanced level (Master), or equivalent education
Course requirements of 240 credits, of which 60 credits must be at the advanced level
Or, equivalent qualifications earned either in Sweden or abroad

Special eligibility

General requirements for admission to postgraduate study in political science with a specialisation in security studies are:

Course requirements of 30 credits at the advanced level in political science with a specialisation in security studies, or the equivalent,
A MA thesis in political science with a specialisation in security studies, or the equivalent, of at least 15 credits
Course requirements of another 90 credits relevant to the PhD position herein


Selection is based on an assessment of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the programme and produce a PhD dissertation of high quality. The assessment focuses on the scientific quality of previous work as well as the quality of the applicant’s research proposal and its relevance to SEDU’s and CNDS’s research.

Research area

The position will contribute to a research theme at CNDS, which is aimed at understanding the short-term and long-term consequences of resilience policies at the national and local policy levels. The larger research effort is designed to address the consequences of resilience as an established policy paradigm. Current research has focused on the emergence and spread of such policies as well as the scope of conditions for producing a more resilient individual, community or infrastructure. We are cognizant of the emergence and spread of resilience as an organizational principle for defining national policies in many countries, but presently have inadequate knowledge of which negative and positive consequences these policies will produce for the public and private sectors.



Applications should include:


A CV with contact details to two referees, verified by two people
A letter of application with a personal description of yourself (1 page maximum)
A brief description of your proposed dissertation project (maximum 3 pages, including references)
A copy of your master’s thesis and other publications you wish to submit (maximum 3 texts)
Certified/official copy of degree certificate(s)

Only complete applications with all required documentation will be considered.

Employment is classified as full-time (100%) and is temporary in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5.

The Swedish Defence University strives for equality and diversity in all occupations. We welcome applicants from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It is self-evident to us that within an inclusive working environment our employees should be able to combine their working life with active parenthood.

For information on this position, please contact:

Associate Professor Fredrik Bynander, Director of the Centre for Societal Security

Professor Linus Hagström, Director of Studies, PhD programme in Political Science, linus.hagstrom@fhs.se

Monica Häggkvist, HR specialist, monica.haggkvist@fhs.se

Union representatives are Ronnie Hjorth (SACO), Christian Friman (OFR/S) and Anders Oltorp (OFR/O), tfn 08-553 425 00.

Anställningsform Tillsvidareanställning
Anställningens omfattning Heltid
Antal lediga befattningar 1
Land Sverige
Referensnummer HF/HR 24/2018
Publicerat 2018-02-06
Sista ansökningsdag 2018-03-15