The School of Education and Communication

Information about the CuEEd-LL graduate school

The graduate school’s overall aim is to strengthen Swedish teacher education by developing culturally empowering teaching that focuses on language and literature. Teachers at all stages and in all subjects need good skills in language and literature to develop communicative practices that include heterogeneous groups – in other words, all school pupils. 

The doctoral student projects at CuEEd-LL explore how both language and literature can support cultural understanding, literacy and values in today’s digitalised Swedish schools. Different stages of school and subject areas can be the focus of doctoral student projects, which must refer to how language and literature are used in meaning-making, communication and identity positioning. The graduate school is to support comparable, high-quality education and participation in a globalised and digitalised world. 

We encourage those with an interest in language and literature from various subject areas that are relevant to teacher education to apply. Your project should contribute with a literary orientation that takes language and media aspects into account.

The following are examples of areas that could be explored in connection with CuEEd-LL’s themes: 

  • The use of language and literature in teaching and in teacher education 
  • The role of culture in relation to language and literature in different teacher education programmes 
  • Opportunities and challenges in the use of language and literature in teaching and in teacher education 
  • Multilingualism, literacy and literature in cross-cultural contexts – historical and contemporary perspectives 
  • Reading and writing conditions for children at various ages and adults 
  • The impact of digital processes on communication, culture and diversity in various fields of education.  

At CuEEd-LL, doctoral students are part of a dynamic, multilingual and international research environment with established researchers from five continents. The study programme includes a number of residential schools with international guests and a study trip to South Africa.  

Participating universities collaborate in offering the following compulsory courses at CuEEd-LL: 

  1. Culturally Empowering Education for a Global 21st Century: Research and Practice (5 credits) 
  2. Decolonizing and Southern Theories: Implications for Swedish Education (7.5 credits)
  3. Rethinking Methodology in Language and Literature Educational Research (7.5 credits)
  4. Ethical Research Design for a Postdigital and Globalized Era (7.5 credits) 
  5. Guiding and Mentoring Practitioner Research (2.5 credits) .  

CuEEd-LL is led by School of Education and Communication’s (HLK) Communication, Culture, and Diversity (CDD) research environment. CCD’s activities will become a natural part of the term of your doctoral studies and give you the opportunity to take on responsible roles that promote your research career and support the development of your educational skills. CCD includes representatives from different fields of research in language, multilingualism, literature, diversity and media.

More about CuEEd-LL-

The doctoral studentship will belong to the Department of Language, Aesthetic Learning and Literature (SEL) at The School of Education and Communication (HLK), which conducts teaching in the subject areas Swedish, Swedish as a second language, English, aesthetic subjects and literature. The doctoral student teaches mainly in various teacher education programmes, freestanding courses, and contract education courses.



The main duty of a doctoral student is to engage in research studies. Based on an individual study plan, this includes writing a doctoral thesis within the above-mentioned graduate school in Swedish or English and completing the prescribed third-cycle courses.

You are expected to be physically present in the workplace, interact actively in and contribute to the doctoral education environment through, for example, participation in doctoral seminars, participation in joint activities, as well as teaching through active participation in, for example, course team meetings and the subject area’s faculty meeting.

You are also expected to contribute to the focus area formulated by the graduate school, and the research should have a practical approach.



To qualify for the position, you must have completed a degree at advanced level, completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or in some other way within or outside the country acquired equivalent knowledge. You have also completed 90 credits in pedagogy or equivalent with relevance to the graduate school's specialization. 

It is an advantage if you have a teaching degree and/or professional experience from primary or secondary school or adult education. Experience of research-related activities, such as data collection, analysis procedure and report and article writing are seen as meritorious.

You have a good ability to apply a reflective and analytical approach to the work.

In the assessment of applications, personal suitability for the position will weigh heavily. We are looking for applicants who have the ability work well as part of a team, are communicative and are keen to take initiatives.

To be admitted to third-cycle studies, applicants are required to have the levels of Swedish and English necessary to be able to benefit from the compulsory course components and to participate actively in seminars and the like. If you do not have this level of Swedish, you are expected to learn the language during your third-cycle studies. Your thesis may be written in Swedish or English.Where needed, the school offers introductory courses in Swedish. Skills in additional languages will be viewed as useful additional qualifications. If you have skills in one of the Nordic languages in addition to Swedish, this will also be viewed as positive.



The doctoral position is full-time starting, 2022-09-15 and comprises a total of four years of doctoral studies, however, the employment covers five years as teaching of a maximum of 20% is also included. 

The employment is governed by the collective agreement on fixed-term doctoral studentship position.



Welcome with your application no later than 2022-08-22.

The application can be written in Swedish or English. Attachments are preferred in PDF format and should include the following documents:

  • Personal cover letter Curriculum vitae of maximum two pages
  • Two referees with contact details and relationship to the referees
  • Certified copies of certificates and diplomas
  • Scholarly publications
  • An outline of the intended research project comprising a maximum of five pages which is to include the problem formulation, theoretical and methodological foundations, a preliminary timetable for carrying out the research work, and a clear connection to CuEEd-LL’s themes. This outline is assessed in terms of its originality, scientific relevance and feasibility.

Jönköping University works to promote gender equality and diversity and welcomes applicants with a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2022-09-15
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Jönköping
County Jönköpings län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2022/2916-211
  • Ylva Lindberg, +4636-101495
Union representative
  • Kristina Wennefors, Lärarförbundet, +4636-5502421
  • Thomas Axelsson, ST, +4636-101076
  • Mikael Gustafsson, Saco-S, +4636-101178
Published 23.Aug.2022
Last application date 24.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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