One PhD Position in Didactics with a Focus on Cognitive Development and Learning [closing 01.06.2020]

Страна: Швеция;

Город: Uppsala

Добавлена: 01.06.2020

Работодатель: Uppsala University

Тип: PhD position;

Для кого: For researchers;

Дедлайн подачи: 01.06.2020


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.


Curriculum studies (Swedish/German: Didaktik, French: Didactiques) as a field of research and area of knowledge deals with matters relating to the content of education and teaching. The subject of curriculum studies is deeply rooted in both scientific traditions and teaching practices. The research questions which constitute the core of curriculum studies arise at the meeting point between specific subject-matter and teaching and learning of that subject-matter. It is therefore of interest to study, for example, the content of the teaching and what justifies the selection of that content, who the teaching is aimed at and how their learning process works, how the subject-material is handled in the teaching and who has power over the selection process. For more information about research in this area, see

Description of the position: This PhD position in Didactics is connected to a newly started research environment where insights and methods from developmental and cognitive psychology are used to investigate children’s cognitive development and learning. There is a particular focus on children in preschool and elementary school. We conduct both basic and applied research about, for example, how children acquire mathematical concepts, what cognitive abilities are essential of learning, and how positive and negative experiences influence children’s development and learning. In our research, we use a range of quantitative and experimental methods (e.g., EEG, eye-tracking, behavior experiments, and computational models).

The PhD-student will work on research questions related to ongoing projects within the environment. It is desirable to have experience of working with children. It is also desirable to have experience of, or a willingness to learn, quantitative research methods. 

The full-time employment will be on a temporary basis for a period of four years and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). Departmental duties (typically teaching and administration) at a level of at most 20% can be included in the position, in which case the employment period will be extended beyond the four years. PhD students are expected to study full-time and actively participate in the department’s activities.

Qualifications: A general eligibility of 240 ECTS credits is required, 60 of which are obtained at advanced level, corresponding to four years’ full-time university studies. 90 credits should have direct relevance for curriculum studies. An applicant may also be considered qualified if s/he has acquired the corresponding competence in other ways. A good command of written and oral English language is required. For further information on the requirements for general and special eligibility for studies in the field of Curriculum Studies see contacts below.

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