Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

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 Business Administration at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, is looking for one postdoc with specialization in marketing and public transportation. Apply 2021-05-21 at the latest.

The postdoctoral position is based at the Department of Business Administration and more specifically at the marketing section. The marketing section has a broad portfolio of research projects including various theoretical perspectives, methods and empirical settings. The section has a prominent focus on sustainability, which includes (1) sustainable consumer behavior and transportation, (2) corporate branding and sustainable organizational practices, (3) sustainable consumption and circular economy, and (4) sustainable consumption and retailing, among other topics. This postdoc position focuses on and advances research on sustainability marketing and branding in the public transport industry.

Work description
You will spend your working time in Umeå at the Department of Business Administration and the marketing section. The applicant is expected to contribute to the research environment by planning and conducting own and joint research with researchers at the section with specialization in sustainability marketing and branding in the public transport industry. The research should be both practically and theoretically relevant as well as beneficial for the industry. The project is a collaboration with Nobina, which is the largest public transport company in the Nordic region.
The position includes up to 20% teaching at undergraduate and advanced levels in Business Administration. The successful applicant will be employed by Umeå University and receive a competitive salary for a period of two years fulltime.

The starting date for the position is upon agreement, but no later than September 1, 2021. 

Requirements and qualifications
Applicants should have a PhD in Business Administration or corresponding scientific competence.

Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate, who received a PhD prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances.

The most important assessment criterion for the appointment is scientific competence. Scientific competence is assessed in a descending order based on documented experience and ability of:

  • to conduct internationally competitive research demonstrated through publications in internationally recognized journals, as well as books and book chapters linked to marketing, branding, sustainability and/or travelling.
  • to use methods suitable for studying and analyzing a selected phenomenon related to this appointment
  • to work independently and be part of a research group.

In addition to this, good communication skills in written and spoken English are required. Ability to speak and write in Swedish is qualifying. Experience within international networks and collaborations with researchers from other universities is qualifying. Previous research on public transportation, sustainable travelling and sustainability in general is qualifying. Great emphasis is placed on personal suitability.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter with motivation to why you apply to the position(max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Description of research interests of relevance for the appointment (max. 2 pages)
  • List of publications
  • Copies of the dissertation and max 5 of the most relevant scientific works
  • Copies of grades, degree certificates and other documentation you wish to include in support of your application
  • Contact details with e-mail addresses of two or more reference persons

The application is to be submitted on the University recruitment system no later than 2021-05-21.

For further information please contact the section coordinator Associate Professor Galina Biedenbach, +46 (0)90-786 61 50, or the Head of Department of Business Administration Professor Johan Jansson, +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 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 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 The starting date for the position is upon agreement, but no later than September 1, 2021.
Salary monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-543-21
  • Galina Biedenbach, docent, +46 (0)90-786 61 50,
  • Johan Jansson, professor, +46 (0)90-786 78 72,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 14.Apr.2021
Last application date 21.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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