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Doctoral Student in Conservation: Heritage in Economic Growth and Social Renewal

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    University of Gothenburg
    Cultural studiesOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/04/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Sweden › Göteborg
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Göteborgs universitet möter samhällets utmaningar med mångsidig kunskap. 38 000 studenter och 6 000 medarbetare gör universitetet till en stor och inspirerande arbetsplats. Stark forskning och attraktiva utbildningar lockar forskare och studenter från hela världen. Med ny kunskap och nya perspektiv bidrar Göteborgs universitet till en bättre framtid.

As a Doctoral Student, you will be based at the Department of Conservation and be part of the International Training Network HERILAND. HERILAND is a European network that trains 15 young researchers in the dynamic field of spatial heritage. It is a consortium of 7 key academic and non-academic organizations, with 21 partners in civil society and business, from the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Poland, Israel and Italy.

The HERILAND project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813883. A third cycle education at our department will lead to a degree of doctor of philosophy in Conservation.

The project aims to empower a new generation of academics, policy makers, practitioners, professionals and entrepreneurs. In the 15 PhD positions, we address five key challenges to the heritage management of the 21st century:

  1. The Spatial Turn (the present Doctoral Student is part of this challenge)
  2. Democratisation;
  3. Digital Transformations;
  4. Shifting Demographics and Contested Identities;
  5. Changing Environments.

As one of these 15 young researchers, you will be provided with advanced training, combining theoretical and instrumental knowledge in a series of research seminars, living labs and secondments with our public and private partners. By doing this, you will profit from and contribute to a new pan-European, trans-national, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research and training standard.

More information about HERILAND can be found here: www.heriland.eu

The Department of Conservation offers professional degree programs and research on issues of cultural heritage, landscapes, cultural environments, buildings, gardens, cultural historical objects, and interiors. We offer degree programs for building preservationists, conservators, and leaders in the fields of sloyd and traditional handicrafts, building construction, garden, and landscaping crafts. Conservation demands expertise in a broad range of knowledge that includes fields in the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences. Collaboration is an important component of what we do—collaboration among the different branches of the department, between degree programs and research, and with the surrounding society nationally and internationally.

For more information, see www.conservation.gu.se.

Job assignments

As a Doctoral student you will work in the work package The Spatial Turn (see www.heriland.eu: project design) in the project “Heritage in Economic Growth and Social Renewal” focused on the economic and social potential of place branding. The empirical part shall include case studies of ongoing local and regional place marketing/branding and heritage management processes.

As a Doctoral Student you are expected to do the following:

  1. contribute to the body of knowledge on place marketing/branding and heritage management, based on a comparative survey and analyses at European and international level;
  2. place your findings in the context of heritage dynamics and structural landscape transformation;
  3. actively contribute to the activities of the training network you are part of, including network-wide workshops, Survey and Living Labs, the HERILAND Handbook for Heritage Planning, a traveling exhibition and a final conference;
  4. deliver oral and poster presentations at academic conferences;
  5. write two peer reviewed papers co-authored with your supervisors;
  6. do internships and collaborate with the other Doctoral Students;
  7. follow the course curriculum at the Department of Conservation and publish a doctoral thesis

As a Doctoral Student you will gain from being part of the research group Curating the City at the Department of Conservation and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (www.criticalheritagestudies.gu.se).


To be admitted to doctoral studies it is required that you have:

  1. been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  2. have satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  3. have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Eligible are those who hold a second cycle university degree in Conservation or a field that the university consider to be related to the discipline of Conservation. It is required that the applicant master English in speech and writing at an acceptable level for the planned education. The language of instruction is mainly English.

In order to be approved for Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN financing the applicant, at the time for the application, should not have resided in Sweden more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. More over the applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Researchers can be nationals of any country. 

During their research, the candidates must accept to be seconded in partner organisations as scheduled in their research description.


Selection among applicants who meet the requirements for basic and special eligibility is based on the applicant's ability to benefit from research studies. In the assessment, the following documented criteria will be applied to select among applicants:

  1. qualifications of advanced education and special requirements;
  2. the relevance and motivation of the candidate for the planned project;
  3. the relevance of previous studies for the planned postgraduate studies;
  4. the applicant's ability to work in a research group.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, HF 5 kap 7§ Doktorandanställning 
Extent: 100 % 
Location: Department of Conservation, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 2019-10-01 

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in SFS 1998:80. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

For further information regarding the position

Anneli Palmsköld, Head of department 
+46 31-786 47 14, anneli.palmskold@conservation.gu.se

Ola Wetterberg, Professor 
+46 31 786 47 16, ola.wetterberg@conservation.gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. Applicants should send a CV (max 2 pages), a cover letter (max 2500 words) specifying the research theme selected and outlining why they are suitable for the position and the names of two referees. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Closing date: 2019-04-01

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Required Research Experiences

    Cultural studiesOther

Offer Requirements

    Cultural studies: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good
Work location(s)
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University of Gothenburg
Guldhedsgatan 5A

EURAXESS offer ID: 379120
Posting organisation offer ID: 1035--1-9298


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