Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 34,000 students and 4,000 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 Economics at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics wishes to appoint a PhD student in Economics with an orientation towards Labour Economics and Empirical Economics. An agreement between the Industrial Doctoral School in Umeå (, Department of Economics, USBE and the Swedish Armed Forces supports this doctoral position. The research project focuses on the consequences on the long term labour market outcomes of military veteran who have experienced foreign deployments and in some cases extreme environments and combat situations. We welcome your application no later than 2021-01-15.

Research environment
The Department of Economics has around 30 employees and teaches about 240 students per year. The main research areas of the department are Public Economics and Environmental Economics. Other active areas of research are Welfare Economics, Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Health Economics, and Econometrics. 

Currently, there are seven professors and five associate professors active at the department, providing young scholars with excellent opportunities for supervision and personal development. The research environment is open and friendly, and doctoral students are fully integrated into the department’s activities.

Work description
As a PhD student at the department of economics, you are expected to follow the general study plan for the PhD programme. Among other things, you are expected to take courses specified by the study plan, to work independently with your PhD project as well as collaborate within the research group, and to participate in seminars and other department activities. You are also expected to take part in the training and research activities organized by the Industrial Doctoral School.

Requirements and qualifications

  • The general requirement for admission is a degree on advanced level, or the applicant having a total of 240 ECT credits of which 60 credits are at the advanced level.
  • The specific requirement for admission is that the applicant has at least 90 ECT credits in Economics.
  • The main qualifications are scientific skills, a strong interest in research, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team to accomplish the required tasks.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both oral and written Swedish and English.
  • Applicants with a degree from a non-Swedish university are encouraged to provide their results from the GMAT (and/or GRE) and TOEFL tests if available
  • Documented skills in using quantitative methods such as Mathematics and Econometrics is a merit.
  • Documented and relevant experience in analyzing the labour market for military personel is a merit.

The application shall contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max 2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A research proposal (max 2 pages) presenting your research ideas and, in particular, how they are contributing to the current literature in Labour Economics. The research proposal will play an important role for the selection of candidates.
  • Degree certificates.
  • Bachelor- and/or Master theses or similar relevant documentation of research skills.
  • Name and contact information of two references.

The application should be written in Swedish or English (preferably) and submitted via University recruiting system. The deadline for applying is 2021-01-15. USBE strives for an even gender distribution and we particularly welcome female applicants.

Normally, the PhD program amounts to four years of full time studies. The PhD position may also include part-time teaching (up to 20%). If so, the total time for the position is extended corresponding to the teaching time.

The location of the position is Umeå. Participation in the department's activities is expected. Information about the PhD programme and general study plan:

For further information: contact Professor Gauthier Lanot,

More about USBE
As an internationally respected, nationally influential, and regionally rooted part of Umeå University, Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics contributes to societal development through education and research of a high international standard.

Through interplay with surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to the understanding, ability, and responsibility of individuals in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development.

In collaboration with our surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to individuals' understanding, ability and responsibility in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development. We are AACSB-accredited and sustainability certified according to the environmental management standard ISO14001.

The Department of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the Department of Statistics and The USBE office form USBE, with about 140 employees. About 3300 students follow our programs every year and we offer education from the undergraduate to the doctoral program level in all of our main disciplines – Business Administration, Economics and Statistics.

The Department of Economics has about 30 members of staff. We pursue research mainly in Labor economics, Public economics, Environmental and Resource economics and Econometrics.

Read more about USBE here:

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment March 1, or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1789-20
  • Gauthier Lanot, Head of Research , +46 (0)90-786 9919,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 21.Dec.2020
Last application date 15.Jan.2021 11:59 PM CET

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