PhD student in Sociology within the Project Income Inequality in Couples


at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University. Closing date: 1 March 2016.


The Department of Sociology is a middle sized department at the Faculty of Social Sciences with about 100 employees and 1,000 students. The department teaches both Sociology and Demography. The main research areas are Demography, Ethnic relations and migration, Gender and equality, Social networks, and Social stratification.

Project description
The position is co-financed by the project “His and her earnings following parenthood and implications for social inequality: Cohort and cross-national comparisons”.
This project contributes a historical and cross-national perspective to understanding his and her work and earnings’ trajectories following parenthood in Sweden, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Women’s earnings have become an increasingly important component of family income across the advanced industrialized world, yet women continue to shoulder a disproportionate share of domestic responsibilities. The transition to parenthood is a particularly salient turning point, when mothers cut back at work to accommodate new time demands at home, and earnings differentials between partners widen. Important research questions are: Have men’s and women’s employment responses to childbirth become more symmetrical over time? Are gender disparities in work and earnings smaller in Sweden than in countries that pay less attention to gender equity at work and at home? What are the implications of gendered changes in employment among parents for social inequality? What happends to the earnings inequality in the case of couple dissolution? In the context of growing inequality, these questions highlight the link between how couples negotiate roles and family earnings inequality over time and across countries. The analyses in the project will use quantiative methods and we welcome applicants with experiences of working with large scale data.

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.

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.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The criteria used to assess these prospects are:
• quality of earlier writings by the candidate(s) and quality of other merits
• originality, feasibility and potential contribution of the planned research to the field of research and the project
• the ability to collaborate, as well as evidenced creativity, initiative, and independence.

Of merit is also documented knowledge of quantitative methods and experience of working with large data sets. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews (if needed), and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

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 more information, please contact Director of Doctoral Studies Associate, Professor Marie Evertsson, telephone: +46 8 16 31 91,

Further information about the project can be obtained from Project Investigator, Associate Professor Ann-Zofie Duvander, telephone: +46 8 16 32 12,

Further information about the position can be obtained from Thomas Nordgren, telephone: +46 8 16 11 98,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), telephone: +46 70 316 43 41, 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.

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  • Your contact details and personal data
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  • Contact details for 2–3 references

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  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

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