Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

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The Department of Business Administration at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics is looking for a PhD student in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance. Apply August 01, at the latest.

The doctoral student will work within Business Administration at Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics (USBE). As a Ph.D. student, you should take doctoral courses and do an independent research project within finance. The course part of the doctoral education amounts to 90 ECTS, while the research (thesis) to 150 ECTS. As a doctoral student you are expected to contribute to the research environment through active participation in seminars, conferences and other research activities that support your research as well as the research environment. The doctoral education equals four years of full-time studies (240 ECTS). From the second year, the student may teach and carry out other school tasks which correspond to 20% of the working hours. Thus, the employment is thereby equally prolonged. For more information about doctoral studies: research/.

Eligibility and selection for doctoral education
To possess basic eligibility, the applicant should hold an advanced degree, have completed studies equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, at least 60 of which at an advanced level, or in some other manner have acquired skills which are equivalent to this requirement. To meet the requirements for individual eligibility, an applicant must have satisfactorily undertaken courses within Business Administration equivalent to at least 90 higher education credits, including an independent work (thesis/ equiv.) worth at least 15 credits.

Selection among applicants that fulfill the formal requirements will be based on the applicant’s perceived ability to succeed with the doctoral education, for example considering the following:

  • previous academic results and ability to meet deadlines
  • methodological and scientific maturity
  • quality of research draft
  • communicative skills, both orally and in writing
  • ability to cooperate
  • individual personal suitability

 When considering the individual suitability, we will consider in particular:

  • good analytical skills
  • good skills in English
  • good skills in Swedish is considered as a merit
  • ambitions with the doctoral education and with work within USBE's unit of Business administration
  • interest related to the research and teaching within the finance area at the business school

How to apply
The application should include:

  • Cover letter with a motivation of the decision to apply for the doctoral education (1-2 pages)
  • Research draft describing the applicant’s research interests and a potential study within finance (3 pages)
  • CV
  • Certified copies of your transcript(s) and degree certificate(s)
  • Copy of thesis
  • The names, with contact details and e-mail addresses, of at least two reference persons
  • The form “New PhD” which you can find here:

The application is to be submitted on the University recruitment system August 01, 2021, at the latest.

USBE strives for an even gender distribution and we particularly welcome female applicants.

Additional information
The student will work in Umeå.

Further information may be provided by Head of the doctoral education, professor Jörgen Hellström at +46 (0)90-7866987, or Deputy Head of Business Administration professor Johan Jansson at +46 (0)90 - 786 78 72,

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 study in 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 Business Administration has about 60 members of staff. We pursue research within four sections Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing and Accounting/Finance.

Read more about USBE here:

Welcome with your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment October 1, or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary according to the present salary order for doctoral studies.
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-478-21
  • Jörgen Hellström, professor, +46 (0)90-7866987,
  • Johan Jansson, professor, +46 (0) 90 7867872,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 25.Apr.2021
Last application date 01.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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