PhD Position in Psychology
Uppsala University

PhD Position in Psychology

Are you interested in working with applied cognitive psychology, with the support of competent and friendly colleagues in an international environment? Are you looking for an employer that invests in sustainable employment and offers safe, favorable working conditions? We welcome you to apply for a PhD position at the Department of psychology, Uppsala University.

Project descriptionThe PhD position is a part of a multidisciplinary research project on the economy of cybersecurity, financed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. The purpose of the project is to contribute to a perspective on cybersecurity based on complementary insights from economical and psychological research.

The PhD student will work with research on the psychology of cybersecurity, primarily by empirically studying cyber-risk judgments. Risk and uncertainty are important factors in cybersecurity; one will never be able to create entirely secure systems because new threats arise at the same rate that new security solutions are developed. By examining the psychological factors that affect cyber-risk judgments we can find ways to facilitate behaviors that minimize risk as much as possible while also maintaining a reasonable balance between risk and benefit.

The research work will primarily include design, administration, and analysis of cognitive psychological studies, for example surveys and field experiments, plus presentation of the results in scientific journals and at conferences. The PhD student will also take part in the multidisciplinary work in the project, including regular meetings with the other project members. In addition to the research work, the PhD-program includes courses of 60 course credits. Teaching and other department duties can also be part of the work, up to a maximum of 20% of the total work hours.

Applicants should have thorough knowledge in psychology and have the necessary skills in psychological methods, scientific design, psychometry, and statistics required for psychological research, plus spoken and written English at a high level.

Entitled to be admitted to the PhD-program is anyone who meets the conditions for both the general and the specific entry requirements. Eligibility also requires that the applicant is considered to have the capabilities needed to complete the education. (cf. SFS 2006:1053, HF ch. 7 § 35).

The general entry requirements are met by those who have completed a degree at advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 h credits at advanced level. The general entry requirements are also met by those who have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in some other way within or outside of Sweden. The Faculty Board may, for an individual applicant, grant exemptions from the general requirements if there are special reasons. (cf. SFS 2006:1053, HF ch. 7 § 39).

The specific entry requirements are met by those who have completed psychology courses of 90 credits. The special entry requirements are also meet by those who have acquired essentially equivalent knowledge in some other way within or outside of Sweden.

Additional qualifications
Because the PhD position is part of a multidisciplinary project, skills in cybersecurity, economy, or related subjects is a strong asset. Experience in experimental methods and statistical analysis is also an asset, particularly in an applied context.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

More information about PhD studies in psychology:

Application procedure:
The application must be written in Swedish or English and contain as follow:

Application for admission
• Certified diploma confirming that you have basic and special qualifications
• Register extract of completed relevant courses
• Contact details for clinical and academic references
• Other meritorious information, for example publications

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment 
The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment is full time. Starting date 2024-10-01 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Joakim Sundh,

Please submit your application by 12 August 2024, UFV-PA 2024/2414


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The position may be subject to security vetting. If security vetting is conducted, the applicant must pass the vetting process to be eligible for employment.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Psychology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2024/2414

Last application date: 2024-08-12

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