PhD Position in Social Studies

Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD of Social Studies from 1st of February 2025 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years.

Social Studies
As a PhD student you will be associated with the research area Social Studies which is an interdisciplinary field of study based upon sociology, political science, anthropology, economics and sociology of law. Within this interdisciplinary field we aim to understand, analyze and explain today’s complex, social changes, that cannot be understood using more traditional approaches. We focus upon three main themes: Social change & justice; Welfare, institutions & inequality and Gender & diversity that to a certain extent crosscut the research groups in social Studies. Social studies include three research groups with the following research foci:

Social Dynamics and Change: In the wake of the past decade’s economic crisis, the impact of neo-liberal forms of government, and the flow of immigrants and refugees the classic questions of social change and social dynamics have re-emerged as key issues on the academic, political and institutional agendas in Europe, calling for a revitalisation of the problems of social justice, redistribution, recognition, inclusion and stigmatisation, and of critical engagement and forms of democratic action and participation. Please see:

Changing Societies: Welfare and Diversity: Using the Danish model as its basis, the group works with local, European and global perspectives of welfare. The Danish welfare model and policies in primarily the social and labour market area are analysed in the light of national change and history and in the light of a Nordic, a broader European and global impact. The group’s work is focused on four cross-cutting dimensions: diversity and equality, labour market and welfare, work and care and, finally, marketisation and partnerships. Please see:

Crossroads of Care and social reproduction: We focus upon social reproduction and care (its embodied, cognitive and emotional elements) empirically and theoretically. The group seeks to offer an interdisciplinary platform for discussing ongoing and new research about institutions and regulations of care, identities of care and care as work. Please see:

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD fellow at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business with approximately 40 PhD fellows from all over the world. The Doctoral School of Social Sciences & Business (ISE) provides PhD training and research within an interdisciplinary, international, and professional environment. It is part of a dynamic community of researchers who share a commitment to understanding society in diverse contexts of change and global engagement. Researchers come from all over the world and engage in topics that are geographically, theoretically, and methodologically diverse. The Doctoral School has one PhD program. The program offers work in progress seminars, thematic professional development seminars, PhD courses, feedback, and social activities for the enrolled PhD fellows. As a PhD fellow you will be part of a relevant research group at the department of your own choice.

Responsibilities and tasks
As a PhD fellow you are trained at an international level to undertake research. You are responsible for carrying out independent research under supervision and receive constructive feedback in the PhD program in order to finish your PhD thesis. During your employment you are required to take 30 ECTS of course work and gain experience of teaching activities. You are also required to have a research environmental change during your PhD enrollment. The environment change can take place at foreign or local universities or research institutions. For more information, please see chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Program at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions  and Ph.d.-protokolattet  i Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere I Staten.

You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within social science e.g. sociology, anthropology and political science. Qualifications within the following areas are required:

  • Proficiency in English and a Scandinavian language
  • Excellent or good grades in BA and MA degrees
  • The suggested project is relevant to a Danish context or suggests research in a Nordic context
  • The suggested project must relate to one or more of the three main themes within social studies i.e., social change and justice, welfare, institutions & inequality and/or gender& diversity, and one or more of the research groups

We also emphasize the following qualifications:

  • You are required to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;

  • Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education
  • Grades
  • Innovativeness and quality of the suggested research project.

In the assessment regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria:

  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Grades at Master’s programme or equivalent
  • Quality and relevance of the project description
    • Considerations regarding ethical aspects if relevant, shall be included in your project description
    • The quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices
    • The consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory
    • The realistic and feasible scope of the PhD project
  • Ability to complete the PhD project
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School
  • Your project description shall be no more than 5 pages 

For further information about the position, please contact Head of the Doctoral School, Professor Hanne Marlene Dahl on tel. (+45) 4674 2922. For technical or administrative questions, please contact Phd coordinator Halime B. Simsek at

Terms of employment
The employment is full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to Dean Morten Frederiksen. The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

Application procedure 
After the deadline for applications the Dean will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to 

Only applications in English are accepted. 

Applications must include: 

1. Cover letter 

2. CV 

3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent 

4. Your description of the PhD project (no more than 5 pages)

5. Your time schedule of the PhD project 

6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications. 


Please submit your application no later than 21st of August 2024.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

Application due date

Instititut for Samfundsvidenskab og Erhverv/ Department of Social Sciences and Business

Ph.d. stillinger
Hanne Marlene Dahl
Halime B. Simsek

Roskilde University

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Deadline: 2024-08-21
Location: Denmark, Roskilde
Categories: Political Science, Anthropology, business engineering, PhD, Social Science, sociology,


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