Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS) and the Graduate School of Gender Studies is recruiting a PhD Candidate in the main field of Gender Studies

Gender studies is a broad, interdisciplinary profiled field of knowledge, where gender in a broader sense is studied, often in relation to other aspects of power in a social or cultural interpretative framework. Research in the field of gender studies ranges from humanities and social sciences to medical, technical and natural sciences.

A PhD-project in Gender Studies can be both empirically and theoretically oriented. Here, the doctoral student will have ample scope to develop her or his own research project.

The Graduate School of gender studies has since 2001 co-financed PhD students at all of Umeå University’s faculties. A position as a PhD student in Gender Studies involves active participation at the Graduate School of gender studies, a unique and dynamic research environment, in which about 30 PhD students are participating in.


Employment as a doctoral student in the PhD program covers four years of full-time studies. This can be extended by a maximum of one year to compensate for time spent teaching or carrying out administrative duties.

For more information on the PhD program, see here

The position is funded by Umeå Centre for Gender studies. The place of employment is Umeå and teaching and administrative duties are located on campus. Active and sustained participation in the Umeå Cent activities and local research milieu is expected. The PhD student will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Gender studies together with PhD students from other disciplines.


To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, the applicant is required to have completed a second-cycle level degree or completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are at advanced level (Master’s level), or in some other way, has acquired essentially equivalent knowledge within or outside of Sweden. In addition to these general requirements, the successful candidate must have completed at least 90 credits within the field of gender studies or hold a Master’s degree in gender studies of at least 60 credits.

Admission requirements and assessment criteria

A selection process involving applicants for available education spaces at the third-cycle level shall be done with respect to:  their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies, previous study results, and the quality of the submitted thesis plan, and where relevant, relatedness to the department’s research profile.

The following assessment criteria are used to evaluate the applicant’s ability to complete the doctoral studies:

  • Communication skills, both oral and written
  • Independence
  • Critical skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Performance within specified timeframes.


A complete application needs to contain:

1.      A research plan (no more than 5 pages, references not included)
2.      A letter that states your motivation for undertaking research training leading to a PhD
3.      Curriculum vitae
4.      Degree certificates
5.      Copies of relevant BA and MA theses and other relevant publications
6.      Possible other achievements of relevance to the position
7.      Contact information to two reference persons

The attached documents should be in Word or PDF format.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered

About Umeå Centre for Gender studies

UCGS provides education in gender studies at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level. Umeå Centre for Gender Studies is one of the largest arenas for gender education and research in Sweden. It is a vibrant and creative research environment that promotes interdisciplinary meetings and collaborations and where we actively strive to meet current societal challenges through knowledge development and education.  We are a gathering place for research and education in gender research at Umeå University, responsible for creating a cohesive and powerful organization for that research.

More about Umeå Centre for Gender studies here.

More information

For more information about the position and about the The Graduate School of Gender Studies see this link, or contact Director of studies; Linda Sandberg,, +46 (0)90 786 69 40, or Head of the department; Britt-Inger Kiesu,, 090-786 59 64.

The salary is fixed according to the established salary level for doctoral students.

According to the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 12, §§ 2), the decision on employment cannot be appealed.

Your application must be registered in Umeå University's e-recruitment system no later than March 6.

We look forward to your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment September 1 2020
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-168-20
  • Linda Sandberg, director of studies, +46 90-786 69 40
  • Britt-Inger Keisu, head of department, +46 90-786 59 64
Union representative
  • SACO, +4690-786 53 65
  • ST, +4690-786 54 31
  • SEKO, +4690-786 52 96
Published 07.Feb.2020
Last application date 06.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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