Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

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In collaboration with the Postgraduate School in the Educational Sciences at Umeå University, we are looking for two doctoral students in educational work or subject matter education in mathematics. The position is located at the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, which focus on pre-service teacher training as well as research and development in educational sciences. The teachers and researchers at the department are mainly active within mathematics education, science education, technology education, and assessment for learning. Read more about the department here.

The doctoral students will be part of Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC), which is one of the Nordic countries’ largest mathematics education research environments. Within UMERC and at the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, research is primarily conducted within the areas problem solving and reasoning, formative assessment, and language and communication. More information regarding these research areas here.

Problem solving and reasoning 

Formative assessment 

Language and communication 

The applicant is expected to describe their research interests within or in relation to one of these areas, or a combination of these areas. For applicants with a research interest that is not situated directly within these areas, the description has to explain or suggest how their interest can connect to one or more of these areas. Note that all these research areas could include questions that are relevant within other areas, such as special education or programming. In addition, within all research areas, it is possible to study students in different age groups, from kindergarten to university level.


To be admitted to education at the postgraduate level, the applicant must have basic qualifications through a degree at advanced level or completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are at advanced level, or equivalent foreign education or other equivalent qualifications.

Doctoral students can be admitted to postgraduate studies in mathematics education via two different syllabuses: educational work or subject matter education, both with a focus on mathematics. In addition to the basic qualifications, special qualifications are required that are different for the two postgraduate syllabuses.

In order to meet the requirement of special qualifications to be accepted in the postgraduate program of educational work with a focus on mathematics, besides meeting the basic qualifications, the applicant needs to have a teacher's degree or pre-school teacher’s degree and at least two years of professional experience. The degree must include a degree project.

In order to meet the requirement of special qualifications to be accepted in the postgraduate program of subject matter education with a focus on mathematics, besides meeting the basic qualifications, the applicant needs to have at least 90 higher education credits in mathematics and mathematics education combined. The degree must include a degree project. 

More information can be found in the general syllabuses (bottom of the page):

To be accepted, it is also required that the applicant has good knowledge of English, both orally and in writing, as well as any other skill necessary to take advantage of the education.

Conditions of employment

The doctoral students will mainly devote themselves to their own education at the postgraduate level. Employment as a doctoral student is given for the time necessary for the completion of research studies in normal study time, which corresponds to a full-time postgraduate education for four years. At the first stage, the employment lasts for one year, and it is then renewed for a maximum of two years at a time, provided that the individual study plan is followed. A doctoral student can, to a limited extent, work with teaching and administrative work equivalent to no more than twenty percent of full working hours. As a consequence, the term of employment can be extended to a maximum of five years.

All doctoral students enrolled are required to participate in The Postgraduate School in the Educational Sciences, which is coordinated with regular postgraduate education at the department. The studies start on August 31, 2020. The workplace is Umeå University. Postgraduate education is a campus-based education and cannot be organized as distance education. The doctoral student is also expected to participate actively in the department’s research environment. The salary is fixed according to the established salary level for doctoral students at Umeå University.

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


The application must be made via the university’s e-recruitment system. Log in and apply via the button at the bottom of this page. All documents to be included in the application will be presented via the button.

Be prepared to send in certified paper versions of the official documents on demand. Contact us if you have any questions, in particular regarding these documents, since the systems and types of documents are different in different countries.

Note that incomplete applications will not be processed. If you are applying for several positions with different reference numbers, you must submit a complete application for each position.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 20200831
Salary månadslön
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-316-20
  • Helena Näs, 090-786 95 58
  • Magnus Österholm, 090-786 31 91
  • Johan Lithner, 090-786 69 08
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 26.Feb.2020
Last application date 27.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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