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Welcome to the Homepage of the PhD Council at Fysikum

Current Events

Next Board Meeting

September meeting 2017

Inofficial template for a thesis

This is an inofficial LaTeX template for a licentiate and/or PhD thesis. There is no technical support available for this template and it is only available through this website on an "at your own risk" basis. Please note that there are official templates that have to be used for the "spikblad" and the front cover in the case of a PhD thesis.

Life as a PhD student at Fysikum

There is a general information sheet for new PhD students (last update 8 April 2014).

Length of PhD

Usuall the PhD at Fysikum takes 4 years without teaching and 5 years with teaching. The PhDs with teaching devote 20% of their time to institution duties, usually assistant work for courses.


Recently, the utbildningsbidrag, a scholarship which included a salary and health care, but not full pension benefits and other work-related benefits was abolished. Instead, PhD students are now regularly employed by Stockholm University.The current salaries (as of 1st of January 2015) are:

  • Starting salary: 24,100 SEK per month
  • As soon as 50% of the PhD degree requirements have been reached: 26,400 SEK per month
  • As soon as 80% of the PhD degree requirements have been reached: 28,000 SEK per month

All the values are before taxes. You have to pay income tax, which amounts roughly to 30%.

PhD students with teaching are employed for the 20% of institution duties they do. This does not affect the salary, but the employment period is correspondingly prolonged. This means that if you teach for 20%, you get 5 years to finish your PhD instead of 4 years.

Working hours and vacation

For employed PhD students there are fixed steps, depending on your age (see [1]):

  • Until the year you turn 29 it is: 1,756 working hours per year and 28 paid vacation days
  • From the year you turn 30: 1,732 working hours per year and 31 paid vacation days
  • From the year you turn 40: 1,700 working hours per year and 35 paid vacation days

The utbildningsbidrag is not an employment so that presence cannot be required. Working times and vacation days are up to agreement between supervisor and PhD student.

Teaching responsibilities

Teaching at Stockholm University is not a mandatory aspect of your PhD and you get reimbursed both financially as well as in terms of a prolongation of your work contract. Teaching duties reach from the classical lab/exercise instruction to administrative work and are centrally handled by Henning Schmidt ( Usually teaching is offered either as 5% 10% 15% or 20%-package, whereas 20% corresponds to 350 hours for an academic year. If you teach you are expected to take a course in university pedagogics, see below for more information

Pedagogical courses

Recently the pedagogical education of the teachers here at Stockholm University has been reorganized. Until now, Fysikum required that PhD students took the course called ‘Course Design’ (or until a couple of years ago ‘UP1’). This course does not exist anymore! Instead we want new assistants to take the new course ‘Introduktion till undervisning’ (also available in English: ‘Introduction to teaching’). So if you are teaching and did not already take the pedagogical course, follow the link below for more information and registration for the course this fall.

Licentiate requirements

The formal rules for the licentiate degree (part of "Högskoleförordningen") in English can be found here:

About the PhD Council

The Fysikum PhD Council (Swedish Fysikums Doktorandråd) is the assembly of all PhD students at Fysikum, Stockholm University's Physics Department. Its purpose is to represent the PhD students interests in the different committees, boards and councils within the university.

PhD Council meetings

The Council, i.e. all PhD students, meets only twice per year. These meeting are also the place where representatives are elected. The rest of the year the PhD Council Board meets to discuss and make discussion.

PhD Council Board

The Board consists of at least one representative from each research group. It meets roughly every 6 weeks during the study year, i.e. September to June.

The meeting agendae of the PhD Council Board can be found here.

Board members and officers

The PhD Council Board consists of 10 members and has at least one member per research group. Among the members there is a chairman, a vice-chairman a cashier. Furthermore, there are two revisors and an election committee.

Apart from that there is a party committee who arranges once or twice a year a party.

See PhD Council Board members and officers.

The party committee

The only permanent committee of the PhD Council is the party committee. It organizes once or twice per year a party at Albanova. These parties usually take place directly after one of the two PhD Council meetings every year.

Other special committees

It may happen that an issue cannot be dealt within the scope of PhD Council Board meetings. In such cases a special committee may be instated. Currently no such committee exists.


The statutes of the PhD Council regulate the affairs of the Council, e.g. elections.

PhD representation in the university

In Fysikum

The PhD students have two representatives in Fysikum Board (Swedish Fysikum Styrelse) which decides all matters within the physics institution. Furthermore, there are PhD representatives in many of the committees within Fysikum.

For a list of PhD representatives see the list of PhD representatives at Fysikum.

The representatives are elected in the PhD Council spring meeting, which usually takes place in May.

On the faculty level

The PhD Council fall meeting (usually in November) elects one representative for the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council (Swedish Naturvetenskapliga Fakultetsrådet (NFR)) is the supreme student representation in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Stockholm University.

There are numerous committees on the faculty level, e.g. Teacher Proposal Board (Swedish Lärarförslagsnämden) which conducts interviews with applicants for assistant professor positions. Through these committees many important decisions are made. The students and especially the PhD students have representatives in these committees.

The Faculty Council elects these respresentatives. The Fysikum PhD Council may nominate PhD students for these positions.

For an overview of the committees and the PhD representatives from Fysikum in them see List of PhD representatives on the faculty level.

Compensation for the extra work

Being active as a PhD representatives can be time consuming. Therefore most positions are compensated by prolongation days. Certain positions on the faculty level give also extra money which is added to the salary. The details can be found in the lists of the members.

Documents for prolongation (Swedish):

Safety at the university

In case you wish to report issues related to work safety/ environmental concerns, please use the SAMIR portal for this:

See also the central SU webpage for work safety:äkerhet/sektionen-för-säkerhets-vision-1.3031

Other resources

Benefits as being employed at SU

(construction site!!!)

Being a PhD student at SU does have its perks. You're an employee and as such entitled to a number of benefits we list below

Calendars for meetings

For department-specific items you can subscribe to [2] and for faculty-related items to [3] Currently only the chair and vice have the right to enter/change details in the calendar.

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