Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

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The Department of Language Studies is an established center for innovative research across the traditional disciplines of linguistics, Scandinavian languages, modern languages and literatures (English, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Spanish), the Sami languages and cultures, language teaching and learning, and educational work focused on language and learning.

The research discipline Language Teaching and Learning addresses didactic questions regarding prerequisites for teaching and learning languages and linguistic competencies. We particularly welcome research proposals connected to our supervisors’ areas of expertise. You will find more information about the doctoral training program here.

The Department of Language Studies invites applications for the doctoral training program in Language Teaching and Learning.

This PhD position is a collaboration with the Umeå School of Education and is part of The Postgraduate School in the Educational Sciences.                                                                                                                                                        Specialization of the doctoral studentship

Dissertation projects are chosen by the applicant and will be considered provided that they align with the research discipline and that appropriate supervision can be offered. We prioritize projects connected to one or several of the areas multilingualism, mother tongue/heritage language instruction, literacy practices and digital tools, and special education. 


To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, the applicant must meet both general and specific eligibility requirements. General requirements:a degree at second-cycle level, having completed course requirements worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or in some other way – either in Sweden or abroad – having acquired largely equivalent knowledge. 

In order to meet the specific eligibility requirements for admission to studies in language teaching and learning at the third-cycle level, the applicant must have completed at least 120 credits at second-cycle level in a subject of central relevance for the research area; these need to include a 15 credit essay. 

Assessment criteria

Applicants are ranked with reference to their capacity to benefit from and complete the program. The assessment is based primarily on prior study results, with particular consideration given to essays, and the quality of the research plan and its relevance for the subject area. The assessment is also based on references and interviews, and possibly additional evaluations of the main candidates. 

The degree must be completed at the latest at the end of the application period.

Terms of employment

Doctoral students will mainly devote themselves to their own education at third-cycle level. Employment as a doctoral student will be for the time deemed necessary for the completion of research studies at a normal rate of study, which corresponds to a full-time position for four years. An initial contract of 12 months is extended with up to two years at a time provided that the individual study plan is followed. A doctoral student may to a limited extent also work with teaching and administration up to a maximum of 20 percent of full-time. The period of employment may thus be extended up to a maximum of five years. 

Doctoral students are affiliated with theThe Postgraduate School in the Educational Sciences, coordinated with the doctoral training program at the relevant department. The PhD studies begin at the start of the autumn semester, 31 August 2020. The place of work is Umeå University. The entry level salary is 27 900 SEK and rises in three steps to 32 300 SEK. The doctoral students are expected to actively contribute to the research environment. 

The doctoral student will have her/his employment at the Department of Language Studies, and the department is responsible for the subject-specific research training and for supervision. Please see the general syllabus for more information. 

According to The Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 12 §2, a decision of appointment for a doctoral student position may not be appealed. 

Additional information

For more information about the Department of Language Studies, contact Director of Research Studies, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, 090-786 52 41,

For more information about the research discipline Language Teaching and Learning, contact Professor Eva Lindgren, 090-786 95 84,


Applications are submitted in the e-recruitment system Varbi, found via the University’s page for open positions.

An application must contain:

  • A transcript from the Ladok student registry, a degree certificate, and/or equivalent attested copies of your academic transcripts proving that general and specific requirements are met
  • Curriculum vitae, including name and contact information of two reference persons
  • Copies of relevant BA and MA theses and other relevant publications
  • Research plan in English, Swedish or another Scandinavian language – must not exceed 30 000 characters including spaces – that contains: purpose and research problem, previous research, implementation: that is, method, material and theory, relevance and time plan
  • A letter in English, Swedish or another Scandinavian language that states your motivation for undertaking research training leading to a PhD, and that specifies what expertise at the Department is needed for carrying out your research.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note: the Swedish version is the official version of this advertisement. In the case of any differences in information between this translation and the official version, the latter takes precedence and is the legally binding document.

We look forward to receiving your application not later than 27th March 2020!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-08-31
Salary monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-234-20
  • Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, docent, 090 786 52 41, e-mail
  • Eva Lindgren, professor, 090-786 95 84, e-mail
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
Published 26.Feb.2020
Last application date 27.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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