Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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The Department of Law is expansive and currently has close to sixty employees. The department is responsible for the law program and individual legal courses, and also participates in several other academic programs. For more detailed information, see our website: here .

The Department of Law hereby advertises a full-time doctoral student position to conduct doctoral studies in law. The starting date for the position is August 1, 2019 or upon agreement. We particularly like to see applications related to one or several of the department’s research themes, see here.

The Department of Law will be filling a number of doctoral student positions during the spring here. We encourage interested applicants to apply for multiple positions.

Doctoral studies are equivalent to four years of full-time studies (240 ECTS credits). A doctoral student may teach or do other work within the department, up to a maximum of twenty percent of the total working time. If so, the period of employment is extended accordingly to guarantee four years of study time. Regarding the More information about what it means to be a doctoral student can be found on the Faculty of Social Science’s website: here.
content of graduate studies in law, see the general curriculum: here. Take notice that graduate studies in law contain compulsory activities taught in Swedish.

Requirements and Qualifications

The general requirement for admission to doctoral studies is that the applicant has an advanced level degree and a minimum of 240 ECTS credits, including at least 60 ECTS credits at an advanced level. In addition, the special requirement for admission to doctoral studies in law is that the applicant has completed a law program and obtained a Swedish law degree (“juristexamen/juris kandidatexamen”) or a comparable degree. The application can be supplemented with degree certificate after the final day of application. The special admission requirement can also be met by invoking other education, training, or professional experience, if it is deemed to provide an expertise in the specific doctoral research subject, comparable to a legal degree in terms both of knowledge of the specific doctoral research subject and of general legal knowledge relevant for that subject. Those who completed a university education of 120 credits (equivalent to 180 ECTS credits) before July 1, 2007 and meet the special admission requirement are also eligible.

Eligible applicants will be assessed based on their ability to complete the doctoral studies. An applicant’s ability to complete the doctoral studies will be assessed based on the applicant’s general qualifications, as evidenced by educational background, the quality of independent research, and other relevant qualifications, and on the scientific quality of the research plan.


The application should include

  • a brief description of why you are interested in and suited for the position,
  • a research plan (additional information about what a research plan should include is available at here,
  • curriculum vitae (CV),
  • contact information for one or more references,
  • transcripts of university studies,
  • bachelor or master thesis, and any other publications that you want to invoke.

Further details regarding the positions and graduate education in law are provided by the Director of Doctoral Studies, Johan Lindholm, telephone +46 90-786 56 03 or e-mail

The salary follows Umeå University’s so-called doctoral ladder. According to chapter 12, sec. 2 of the Act on Higher Education (“Högskoleförordningen”) the employment decision is not subject to appeal.

Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system. Log in and apply via the bottom of the page. Applications must be submitted no later then march 1, 2019.

 We look forward to your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment March 1, 2019
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-17-19
  • Görel Granström, 090 786 7418
  • Johan Lindholm, 090-7866587
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 14.Jan.2019
Last application date 01.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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