Umeå University, Department of Political Science

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 Political Science wants to strengthen the research group with a doctoral student in political science with a focus on Environment and natural resource politics. Starting date October 1, 2021 or by agreement.

The announcement is within the framework of one of the department's five research profiles. This position is within the research profile Environment and natural resource politics. For more information, see

We are happy to see applicants with a research plan that is linked to the research and teaching conducted within this research profile. For information about the profile and the department's other research profiles, see teaching assignments

The employment

A position as a doctoral student in the doctoral program amounts to four years of full-time studies (240 higher education credits). A Ph.D. student can also participate in teaching or other departmental activities up to 20% of the time. In such cases, the employment is extended corresponding to this time, at most by a year.

Further information about the department's doctoral education in political science, including its general study plan, is available at:

The doctoral student employment is financed by the Department of Political Science. The student will work in Umeå and the teaching takes place on the campus area. Active participation in the department's activities and involvement in the activities is expected.


To possess basic eligibility, the applicant should hold an advanced degree, have completed studies equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of at least 60 credits at an advanced level and at least 90 credits within Political Science. Persons who in some other manner, in Sweden or abroad, have acquired skills that are equivalent to this requirement can ask to be considered eligible


Your competence is assessed on the basis of suitability for the doctoral program.
The selection of eligible applicants will be based on:
• ability to assimilate the education
• previous academic study results
• the quality of the submitted research plan, in relation to the focus of the advertised doctoral position
The following assessment criteria are considered, examining the ability to assimilate the education:
• analytical ability
• communicative ability, written and oral
• critical ability
• independence
• performance within given time frames
Applicants must be proficient in both oral and written communication in English.

You apply via our recruitment system Varbi.
A complete application must include:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max two pages)
  • Research proposal of 3-5 pages with a discussion of possible problems, purpose, theory and empirical data
  • CV / curriculum vitae
  • copies of grades and diplomas
  • at least one (but not more than three) essays / degree projects (C- and master's / master's thesis), written in English or Swedish
  • contact information for one or more reference persons, alternatively a maximum of two reference letters
  • any other merits of relevance for the position

Umeå University will offer a salary according to the current salary order for doctoral studies. The entry level is currently 28,400 SEK per month. According to the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 12, Section 2), the decision on employment cannot be appealed.
About the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science at Umeå University has about 70 employees. The department conducts undergraduate education and research in political science and peace and conflict studies. For more information, see

Formalities for the application are stated in this advertisement, but any questions can also be asked via e-mail Postgraduate programme coordinator Torbjörn Bergman at or head of department Magnus Blomgren at
The deadline for applying is 2021-08-13. 
We look forward to your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2021-10-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-206-21
  • Torbjörn Bergman,
  • Magnus Blomgren,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
Published 01.Mar.2021
Last application date 13.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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