Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR), and Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) are announcing a joint postdoctoral position in historical demography with a gender profile. The position includes two-years of full time (100%) research, starting in September the 1st, 2018, or according to agreement. 

CEDAR, ( is an interdisciplinary research unit for demographic and ageing research at Umeå University. The Centre hosts a number of powerful population databases including both contemporary and historical longitudinal data (such as POPUM, POPLINK, Linnaeus database and SHARE). 

UCGS ( is a multidisciplinary research center with the aim to strengthen gender research at Umeå University. UCGS conducts education from undergraduate to postgraduate level in gender studies. The candidate to this position will primarily conduct historical research with an integrated gender and critical perspective, by employing different types of historical population registers.

The candidate to this position will primarily conduct historical research with an integrated gender and critical perspective, by employing different types of historical population registers.

Competence requirements

As the position is interdisciplinary, a successful candidate might hold a PhD in various disciplines such as history, economic history, geography, sociology or economics.  

To be eligible for this position, you must have completed a PhD (or equivalent degree). Priority will be given to applicants who have defended their PhD thesis three years before the day of this job announcement.

Documented experience in conducting research on historical living conditions based on gender or/and critical perspectives is a merit. Considered a merit is likewise documented methodological and statistical competence (longitudinal analysis) of conducting research on register data, as well as managing large databases.


A complete application for the position should include:

  • Research plan (max 2500 words) indicating how the candidate’s project, by utilizing longitudinal databases, will explore how historical processes affect different individuals and groups living conditions in terms of e.g. social mobility, health and work. The research plan must contain an integrated gender perspective.
  • Personal letter describing research experience and interests as well as a motivation why you apply for the position (no more than one A4)
  • Curriculum vitae including education and past and present employment
  • Certified copy of PhD diploma
  • Publication list
  • Contact information for two or three academic reference persons
  • Other relevant documentation you want to include in your application

Applications are submitted in Umeå University’s Varbi recruitment system April 2 2018 at the latest. Any documents that cannot be submitted in Varbi can be sent to Emma Lundholm, Umeå Universitet, CEDAR, 901 97 Umeå, Sweden, reference number AN 2.2.1-424-18.

For further information regarding this position:
Emma Lundholm,
Liselotte Eriksson,

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-424-18
  • Emma Lundholm, universitetslektor ,
  • Liselotte Eriksson, universitetslektor,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
Published 05.Mar.2018
Last application date 02.Apr.2018 11:59 PM CET

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