Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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The ongoing digitalization of the real estate industry is of major strategic interest for both the industry itself and on the national level, as the implementation of digital technology, such as sensor-based systems (Internet of Things, IoT) are prompting real estate firms to explore new avenues for value creation and at the same time improve energy efficiency with the expectation of reaching targeted sustainability goals. The implementation of sensor technology has received considerable attention in practice, but not garnered as much attention in research, especially not from an organizational or managerial perspective. This PhD position is focused on the real estate industry's digital transformation and intends to map and analyze the new opportunities, challenges, values ​​and practices that are created through the introduction of IoT. The purpose is to be able to contribute knowledge about how organizations consciously and strategically use new digital technology in combination with existing resources to change existing operations and achieve sustainability goals.

The doctoral student position is linked to the MIT graduate school, where the doctoral student takes part of courses and participates in doctoral student conferences at other universities. The employment is also linked to the research environment Swedish Center for Digital Innovation ( which is located at the Department of Informatics. The research at the center is largely carried out in collaboration with partners from business, research institutes and other universities and schools.

The employment
You will be employed by and admitted at the doctoral programme at the Department of Informatics, Umeå University. The employment runs for four years full-time which corresponds to four years of full-time studies (240 higher education credits) and means that you complete your doctoral studies within the department with a doctoral degree as a goal. The employment can include up to 20% of other activities (eg teaching). Salary is paid according to an established agreement for doctoral positions. The employments starts in autumn 2022. For this position, you are expected to perform your work at Umeå University Campus.

The applicants must have a degree at advanced level in informatics or equivalent. Basic eligibility for admission to doctoral education is a completed degree at advanced level or completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, which of at least 60 credits at an advanced level, or in some other way within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge. In order to meet the requirement for special eligibility to be admitted to doctoral education in informatics, the applicant must have a university education in informatics of at least 90 credits, and 60 credits on advanced level in informatics (master's level) or other education of equivalent scope and specialization. The requirements are also considered to be met by those who in other ways, within or outside the country, have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge.

Other qualifications
Since the doctoral student is expected to conduct studies and interviews in Sweden and at the same time will be part of a multicultural institution, an ability to communicate well in both Swedish and English is important. In selection among eligible applicants, great emphasis is placed on the ability to assimilate the education, previous study results and the quality of the submitted research plan. In other aspects, reference is made to agreement on employment as a doctoral student (Chapter 5) and access to education (Chapter 7) in the Higher Education Ordinance.

The application must include:
• An introductory letter / personal letter (1 page)
• Research proposal (research sketch) presenting your research ideas (2 pages)
• Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• Copies of previous degrees (MSc / MA and / or BSc / BA)
• Copies of study grades including documentation of completed academic courses and grades and other merits
• Copies of published own research and thesis (if any) • Contact information for two reference persons

The application must be complete for it to be processed in the recruitment process. The application must be made via the e-recruitment system Varbi.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Autumn 2022
Salary Montly Salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-998-22
  • Katrin Jonsson, 090-7869387
  • Ulrika H. Westergren, 090-7867467
  • Tina Lundmark, 090-7866438
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 06.Jun.2022
Last application date 31.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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