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.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

The Department of Education is one of the largest within the Faculty of Social Sciences with more than 80 employees. Prioritized areas for research are Sports Education, Leadership Organization and Work Life, Learning and ICT, Didactics, evaluation and assessment, Special Education and Gender and pedagogical processes in society. The department offers a wide range of courses and participates in a number of programs, including Teacher Programs, the Special Education Program, the Sports Science Program, the Human resource management Program and the Police Program. For more information about the Department of Education:

The focus of the PhD position

The PhD position is in Education with a focus on gender- and norm-critical perspectives on working life or higher education. At the Department of Education, research conducted within this area is primarily located to two of the department's prioritized areas; Gender and educational processes in society (GePS) and Leadership, organization and working life (LOA). For more information on these areas:

The applicant is required to independently formulate a research plan in which gender and norm-critical perspectives is the focus of investigation either in working life or in higher education (for more information, go to the section Application)


To be eligible for employment as a PhD student, basic and special qualifications are required. Basic eligibility means that one: a) has passed a degree at an advanced level, or b) has fulfilled course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are obtained at advanced level, or c) in any way within or outside Sweden has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge ( HF 7 Chapter 39).

In order to correspond to the requirement for special eligibility to be admitted to postgraduate studies in Education, the applicant must have a basic university education in Education of at least 90 higher education credits and a) have completed a degree at an advanced level in Education, or b) have 60 higher education credits at advanced level within Education Or (c) have other equivalent education of relevance, with similar scope and depth. Applicants who otherwise have acquired skills that are deemed equivalent to these are also eligible.

The selection among eligible applicants will primarily consider:
• ability to successfully complete a PhD program
• previous study results
• the quality of the submitted research plan, in relation to the focus of the advertised PhD position

The following assessment criteria are used when assessing the ability to successfully complete the PhD program:
• analytical ability,
• communicative ability, written and oral
• critical ability
• independence
• performance within given time frames

For this position Documented knowledge and qualifications within gender studies is considered a merit.

About the employment

The PhD program carried out in collaboration with the Graduate School of Gender Studies. The duration of the PhD programme is four years. Initially, the duration of employment is one year, after which is the contract is renewed for a maximum of two years at a time, provided that the individual study plan is followed. The position may also include part-time teaching (max 20%). If so, the contract is extended, corresponding to the time spent teaching, up to five years at a maximum. Salary placement takes place according to a fixed salary ladder for PhD students. Place of employment is Umeå.

About the Graduate School of Gender Studies

The PhD position is given in collaboration with Umeå Centre for Gender Studies and the Graduate School of Gender Studies offering an interdisciplinary study context where the student belongs to two departments: UCGS and the Department of Education. For more information about the Graduate School of Gender Studies:


The application must contain the following documents:
• Research plan describing the proposed dissertation project (maximum five pages references excluded). The plan must be related to the text in the “The focus of the PhD position” section
• Personal letter including your motive for applying for the announced PhD position. (maximum one page)
• Verified CV including relevant academic degrees, previous work experience and University transcripts with grades
• Copy of degree certificate
• Academic publications e.g. scientific articles, Bachelor- and Master theses
• Any other document that demonstrates merits relevant for the employment
• Name and contact information of two references.

The position will start on September 1, 2020. The application is made via Umeå University's e-recruitment system by 20.02.28.

General information

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives provides the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.


More information about the Department of Education is provided by Head of Department Simon Wolming, +46-90-786 53 02, . Further information on the PhD studies in education is provided by the Director of Studies for the Postgraduate Education, Ulrika Haake, 090-786 96 21, .

Welcome with your application!

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 2.2.1-167-20
  • Ann-Louise Silfver, 0907865297
  • Ulrika Haake, 090-7869621
  • Lena Lejon, 090-7866696
  • Simon Wolming, 090-786 53 02
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 07.Feb.2020
Last application date 06.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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