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PhD of studies in bi-/multicultural learning environments

Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD of studies in bi-/multicultural learning environments from 1st June 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years.

The title of the PhD project is: bi-/multicultural learning environments.

A PhD scholarship in lifelong learning research is available for a PhD student who will pursue a Danish and Chinese double PhD degree. The studies will be carried out at the PhD School at the Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University and University of the Chinese Academy of Science.

The PhD project should study learning in bi-/multicultural environments. The project should include theoretical research into the cultural and social dimensions of learning as well as empirical studies in the master programs of the Sino-Danish Center, particularly in the social sciences.

The PhD Project should investigate how cultural differences in institutional education between China and Denmark as well as differences in socialization between China and Denmark play out in the encounter between student groups from China and Europe in a joint learning environment. It should give theoretical contributions to the understanding of cultural dimensions of learning in general, and in this way contribute to the development of research collaboration between China and Denmark within the area of lifelong learning. It should illuminate the social psychology and group dynamics in a particular learning environment in which both Chinese and Danish/European students participate, and support the continuous development of the study organization.

The PhD study will be integrated in a Danish as well as a Chinese organization of education and learning research, and will have supervisors from both organisations. He or she will be part of a practical development scheme for the master programs of the Sino-Danish Center, and will be expected to participate in instruction and supervision of education development activities on the basis of his/her PhD research project.

The PhD project must support and strengthen Danish-Chinese educational and research collaboration within the framework of the SDC.

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student at Doctoral School of People and Technology.

The Doctoral School for People and Technology frames research that seek to address sustainability often by applying experimental approaches and situating the individuals active and learning involvement. The research comprises approaches of a human, societal, health and information technological character and often applying planning, interventions and design-oriented subject areas. The Doctoral School has 5 PhD programmes with each of their focus points: Information Technology; Learning, Working life and Social innovation; Research in Health and Society; Social Psychology of Everyday Life and Society, Space and Technology.

Read more here .

As a PhD student you will be associated with the research area, Learning, Working life and Social innovation.

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 (

  • During the period of employment at Roskilde University, the PhD student must spend a total of at least 12 months in China at a Chinese research environment actively involved in the educational activities of the Master’s programmes at SDC, Beijing.
  • During the period of employment at Roskilde University, the PhD student must spend a total of at least 12 months in Denmark at a Danish research environment.
  • The PhD student must state ”Sino-Danish Center for Education and Re-search (SDC)” as an affiliation on all academic publications, including the dissertation.
  • The PhD student must have a Chinese co-supervisor from either UCAS, a CAS-Institute or another approved SDC cooperation partner.
  • The PhD student must register as a PhD student at RUC and UCAS.
  • The PhD student must contribute to the educational activities of the Master’s programmes at SDC, Beijing.

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

Proven abilities in autonomous research work

You are required to be enterprising and to possess good interpersonal skills and to be a visible, active 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;
  • Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education:
  • Any additional academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.

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
  • Considerations regarding ethical aspects and the required stay in China must be included in your project description
  • Your project description must be no more than 5 pages
  • Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices
  • Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory
  • If the PhD project seem realistic and feasible
  • Ability to complete the PhD project
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Henning Salling Olesen on tel. (+45) 4674 2672, or PhD coordinator Mikael Meldstad (+45) 4674 2732,

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time and you will refer to Head of Department Anders Siig Andersen.

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 25. April 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.


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