Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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 Law at Umeå University has about 65 employees and our research cover many different areas of law. Research is conducted in smaller projects, focused on more distinct areas of law, as well as in larger, cross-disciplinary projects in collaboration with other academic disciplines and universities. We have a dynamic research environment that is expanding, and we are now looking for a number of postdoctoral researchers in an initiative to further develop the research conducted at the department.

Working description

The applicants are expected to plan and conduct research within a self-defined research project, but also to cooperate with other researchers at the Department of Law and in other academic disciplines.

About the positions

The positions are two-year full-time positions starting June 1, 2021 or upon agreement. The positions consist of 20% teaching and 80% conducting research. The positions are placed at the Department of Law at Umeå University.

Requirements and qualifications 

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctoral researchers are those who by the day of appointment have received a doctoral degree or a foreign degree considered comparable to  a doctoral degree. For the positions in question, the applicants shall have a doctoral degree in law or comparable scientific qualifications that are relevant to the research conducted at the Department of Law. Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the application closing date. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered for the position if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include leave due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade unions, or similar circumstances.

We are looking for motivated and responsible candidates who wants both to develop as individual researchers and to contribute to the research at the Department of Law. When selecting among eligible applicants, special emphasis will be placed on documented research skills and the ability to conduct research, independently as well as in collaboration with others. Particular emphasis will also be placed on the scientific qualities of the proposed research project, taking into account its potential contribution to the field of science in question and to the Department of Law's research environment, as well as the feasibility of the project.

Teaching is included as part of the position and documented experience of teaching, on both basic and advanced levels, as well as completed pedagogical education are therefore relevant qualifications. However, because conducting independent research is the main responsibility of a postdoctoral researcher, research qualifications outweigh pedagogical qualifications when assessing eligible applicants.


The application should include:

  • a cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, and your motives for applying (maximum 2 pages),
  • a research plan describing the research that you seek to conduct within the framework of the position (maximum 5 pages),
  • curriculum vitae (CV),
  • a list of publications,
  • copies of relevant degree certificates,
  • copies of relevant publications,
  • transcripts of university studies,
  • any other document you wish to invoke.



More information about the positions is provided by Professor Johan Lindholm, +46 90 786 56 03 or email, or by the Head of Department, Ulf Vannebäck, +46 90 786 93 82 or email

For more information about the Department of Law, visit our website

You apply to the position using the University online recruitment system Varbi ( . The application closing date is April 19,2021.

We look forward to your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Tillträde den 1 juni 2021 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 3
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-339-21
  • Ulf Vannebäck, 090 786 93 82
  • Johan Lindholm, 090-786 56 03
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 05.Mar.2021
Last application date 19.Apr.2021 11:59 PM CET

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