Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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The department of applied educational science is looking for 1-2 postdoctoral research fellows with an interest and expertise in educational research. The post doc is expected to focus on a research field connected to one of the department’s research profiles. Application deadline is 2023-02-17.

Project description
The position will be connected to one of the department’s research profiles in educational work (, and preferably to one of the profiles’ externally financed research projects. At the moment there are seven such projects in the department:

  • Drawing to learn and learning to draw in primary school science
  • Student health as a market
  • Going global: Swedish school companies and their international operations
  • Internationalising Higher Education: Challenges and opportunities for Universities and academics in Sweden
  • The preschool as a market
  • Sustainable encounters in large preschool playgrounds
  • Youth in transitions – a qualitative longitudinal study on education and career trajectories among young people in rural Sweden

You can read more about the projects at the department’s website ( The focus of the post-doctorate research project, and how it will contribute to and benefit from an existing research project, will be discussed with the research leader of the selected area.

Job description
An appointment as a postdoctoral fellow aims to give opportunities to new researchers to develop their independence in research after completing a PhD, and to create the conditions for further development. Your main task as a postdoctoral fellow will be to carry out research within one of the department's research profiles in educational work and in connection to one of the research profile's externally funded research projects. Teaching may also be part of your duties, mainly at undergraduate level, but may also occur at postgraduate level. 

The details of the content of the employment will be determined in consultation with the person offered the position.

Eligibility requirements
The candidate is required to have a PhD degree in educational work or areas relevant to educational work. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time when the employment decision is made. Evidence of a completed PhD must have been received by this time at the latest. Primarily, it will come into question who has completed their degree no more than three years ago. If there are exceptional circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed earlier.

Qualification requirements
Selection of eligible applicants shall be performed according to the following criteria: scientific skills, personal suitability, relevance of the research plan to one of the department’s research projects, and previous experience of work and/or research in related fields. Prior research that falls within the framework of one of the department's research profiles is therefore desirable for the appointment.

The position requires a good ability to express oneself both orally and in writing in scientific contexts. For work within the framework of some of the research profiles, knowledge of Swedish or a similar Nordic language is an advantage. Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities. The tasks require you to be flexible, take responsibility and have the ability to work both independently and together with others.

Employment conditions
The appointment is a full-time, fixed-term position for three years in accordance with the terms of contract for fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral researcher. The position consists of at least 80 percent research and up to 20 percent teaching. The successful candidate shall be based at the department and take an active part in its activities. Employment commences by agreement.

The application is made through our e-recruitment system and must contain a personal letter that summarizes the applicant’s qualifications, competencies and interest in the position, a complete CV and list of publications, and a maximum of three selected publications (including the Ph.D. thesis). Also, the applicant is expected to attach a brief research plan (no more than three pages) describing a proposed postdoc research project relevant to one or two of the department’s research profiles. The application deadline is 2023-02-17.

About us
The department of applied educational science (TUV) has over 100 employees working in teaching, research and commission service. The department has a broad profile that rests on an interdisciplinary and practical foundation. For more information about the institution's activities see: 

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-43-23
  • Linda Rönnberg (professor), 090-7866513
  • Maria Rönnlund (professor), 090-7865861
  • Nafsika Alexiadou (professor), 090-7866508
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 11.Jan.2023
Last application date 17.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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