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PhD of Sociology of European Integration

Roskilde University - Department of Social Science and Business

Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD of Sociology of European Integration from February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years. The candidate will be based in Roskilde University and will be expected to conduct field work in Europe and participate in a research stay abroad.

The PhD-scholarship is a part of an ongoing project about the relations between European Integration and the social science (2018-2022). The project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark’s Sapere Aude program.

Description of the PhD project

With this PhD project we are looking for a project that broadly addresses questions such as: How do social scientists produce social scientific knowledge in European research projects? And how is the relation between social science knowledge production and European political institutions negotiated?

The project we are looking for should address should address these question through case studies of a number of selected European social science projects, preferably using a theoretically informed qualitative appraoch. Thus, the project could address questions such as how social scientists negotiate and struggle over epistemological criteria and social organization, how the relationship between the social scientists and the European political institutions is negotiated, and with which consequences for the social and cognitive structure for European social science knowledge production.

The project is a part of larger overarching project analyzing contemporary changes in institution and cognitive structures of social science research in Europe and how these changes entangles with political integration in Europe. In the last three decades we have seen an increasing Europeanisation of the social sciences. More social scientists collaborate with European colleagues, publish in international outlets, and engage in foreign academic literature. Simultaneously, academic institutions have been built in Europe and funding from European sources becomes increasing important. All in all, it seems that the social sciences' historical close entanglement with the nation state is challenged or at least under change. The project is analyzing these changes in order to understand how the social scientific knowledge production is reconfigured at a European level.

For a further description of the project please see:

The PhD project is expected to be conducted in close dialogue with the other participants of the project.

The Doctoral School

You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the PhD program in Social Studies at The Doctoral School of Social Science and Business.

At the social studies PhD programme we study the dynamic processes that take place between people, institutions, and companies. The programme gives you the skills to identify and analyze social and societal issues and find solutions to the challenges facing modern societies.

A key aspect is to understand the social mechanisms and processes that characterize different societal models, globalization trends, and other social changes. You will receive theoretical and methodological tools for dealing with topics like citizenship and class, criticism, participation and power, welfare, work, gender and ethnicity, inequality, stigma, ethics, diversity, solidarity, and cohesion.

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As a PhD student you will be associated with the following research groups:

Responsibilities and tasks

The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (


You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within social science. Qualifications within the following areas are required:

  • Experience with qualitative methods.
  • Solid knowledge about social science methods and sociological theory.
  • English at an academic level.

We also emphasize the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge about European integration processes.
  • Sociology of knowledge and science.
  • One or more European languages besides English.

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:

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.
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory.
  • Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices.
  • Thematic fit within the overall research project.
  • Feasibility.
  • You project description should not be more than 5 pages.
  • Ability to complete the PhD project.
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School.
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic institution regarding your previous academic work.

Roskilde University

At RUC we cultivate a project and problem oriented approach to knowledge creation, because we believe that the most relevant results are obtained by solving real problems in collaboration with others. We employ an interdisciplinary approach because no major problems are ever resolved on the basis of any single academic discipline alone. We also cultivate transparency, because we passionately believe that participation and knowledge-sharing are prerequisites for freedom of thought, democracy, tolerance, and development.


For further information about the position, please contact associate professor Kristoffer Kropp ( For administrative questions please contact: PhD coordinator Annika Mogensen,, +45 46733499.

Terms of employment

The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to Head of Department Peter Kragelund.

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 Head of Department 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.
  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 December 2, 2018.

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.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Roskilde - Denmark
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 2nd December 2018
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