PhD Fellowship in Economic History – Connected to UAC Research School 2017, Sweden

Uppsala University


June 09, 2017


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Uppsala University

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

Uppsala Antibiotic Center (UAC) was announced in 2015 to bring together, stimulate and support research addressing important questions regarding antibiotic resistance from all three disciplinary domains at UU: Medicine and Pharmacy, Science and Technology and Humanities and Social sciences. UAC is now advertising 14 PhD positions.Antibiotic resistance is a rapidly expanding global problem. The complexity of the current situation requires novel approaches in all scientific disciplines including new antibiotics, better understanding of resistance development, faster diagnostic methods, new economic models for drug development, global governance and better understanding of how to change behavior around the use of antibiotics and spread of pathogenic bacteria.The present position is located at the Department of Economic History. We seek a highly-motivated individual, with the ability to work independently and a strong interest in pursuing a PhD degree in Economic History. The Economic History department at Uppsala University is a strong research and teaching environment with over 50 researchers, including more than 20 PhD students.

Project description

The innovation paradox. Novel antibiotics; along with new diagnostics, worldwide access and stewardship use, is due to antimicrobial resistance needed more than ever. However, during the same time as the numbers and variety of resistant pathogens have increased dramatically, academic and institute research program on this topic seems to have dwindled, in the wake of dramatic changes in the pharmaceutical business landscape. The aim of this PhD project is to investigate the content and consequences of contextual changes affecting university/institute antibacterial research 1980-2010; in terms of a) research collaborations with pharmaceutical business counterparts, b) external university/institute funding and support, and c) internal university/institute funding and support. The position implies an interest in the relation between scientific research advances and the use of science in business and society, as well as in historicizing these processes from STS and network perspectives.

Duties: The doctoral program is designed as four years of full-time studies. In terms of the Swedish university credit system, the program comprises 240 credits (30 credits = 1 semester of full-time study). There are two main components of the program: course work (75 credits) and work in connection with the PhD dissertation (165 credits). PhD students are also expected to participate in departmental activities such as seminars, workshops, etc, as well as in the activities of the Uppsala Antibiotic Center Research School. Applicants must have a willingness and ability to learn Swedish rapidly as parts of the program are held in Swedish, as well as many seminars and meetings.

The length of the study period for full time employment, for which full funding is offered, is a maximum of four years. Funding comprises a salaried PhD candidate position possibly in combination with study grants.

Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines

Qualifications: To be eligible for admission to the doctoral program in Economic History, the general requirement for the applicants is to have completed a Master’s degree (or an advanced degree equivalent to at least 240 Swedish university credits including at 60 credits or more from advanced level) from a recognized university or third level institution. Specific requirement for admission is the completion of an equivalent to 90 Swedish university credits in Economic History, or other academic qualifications equivalent to this or of high relevance for research in Economic History.

How to apply?

 Applications can be written in English or in Swedish, should be posted via the link specified at the bottom of the page and consist of:1) Applicationform 2)Curriculum Vitae; 3) A description (2-3 pages) of your research interests, skills and outlook. Explain also why you are interested in the research project and what is you motivation to apply for the PhD program. 4) Certified transcript(s) of your academic record/degree(s) to date; 5) Copies of your thesis works (from bachelor and master degrees or equivalent academic papers); 6) Two academic reference letters (with contact details); 7) Other documents the applicant may wish to attach (including for instance additional written academic work or references)

Assessment procedure

 A recruitment committee will make a selection of applicants through a review of submitted documents and contacts with referees. Our decision will mainly be based on the quality of the submitted thesis works. A group of applicants will be called to interview in late June 2017. Applicants will be informed of the results of the selection process shortly thereafter.

For further details concerning the research project please contact: Alexandra Waluszewski, (; concerning the employment and the doctoral program: Orsi Husz, director of postgraduate studies, ( and concerning UAC: Cecilia Nilsson (

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

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May 23, 2017
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