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 Informatics is now looking for a PhD student for a employment for four years starting in autumn 2023 or as agreed.

Department of Informatics
At the Department of Informatics, research and education is conducted with a focus on digitization of society, organizations and interaction. Digital technology has become an enabler for changed ways of living and doing business. In our research, we study these changes and change processes and we study the interaction between humans and technology to understand technology's possibilities and its limitations. In our studies of digitalization, we move in many contexts such as the public sector, media, games, entertainment, financial companies, entrepreneurship, IT companies and manufacturing industry. 

Employed as a doctoral student must primarily devote themselves to their own research training that is intended to result in a doctoral degree. The work includes both own research and participation in postgraduate courses. You will be part of the department's research work where you work closely with researchers at the unit. The doctoral work for this appointment will focus on digitalization for the social benefit, but you are free to formulate the direction and research question yourself. Therefore, great importance will be given to the attached research plan. The doctoral student is expected to complete studies of practice in organizations or businesses. The doctoral position is carried out as independent work within the field chosen together with a supervisor. To a certain extent, the employment may include some teaching or other institutional service (maximum 20%). In that case, the employment period is extended to a corresponding extent.

Do you want to know more about what it means to be a doctoral student at our doctoral program?  Read more here

About the employment
You will be employed by and accepted as a PhD student at the Department of Informatics, Umeå University. The appointment runs for four years full-time and means that you complete your doctoral studies within the department with the goal of a doctoral degree. Salary is paid according to the established ladder for doctoral positions, and is increased by study progress. Starting date is autumn 2023 or as agreed. Placement is at Umeå University, the department of Informatics and we are looking for a PhD student who will be part of our daily work.

The position is filled subject to if the necessary decisions being made.

For employment as a doctoral student, admission to doctoral education is required. The basic eligibility to be admitted to postgraduate education is for those who have completed an advanced level degree in informatics or equivalent. The department's complete eligibility for admission to postgraduate education can be read here - General study plan for postgraduate education at the department of informatics. In order to fulfill the requirement for special eligibility, it is required that the applicant has basic university education in informatics of at least 90 higher education credits, as well as 60 higher education credits at advanced level in informatics (master's level) or other education of equivalent scope and depth.

Other qualifications
Since the doctoral student is expected to carry out studies and interviews in Sweden and at the same time will be part of a multicultural institution, an important practical ability is to communicate well in both Swedish and English. When selecting eligible applicants, great importance is placed on the thesis plan and ability to assimilate the education as well as previous study results. Otherwise, reference is made to regulations for employment as a doctoral student found in Regulation SFS 1993:100 (Higher Education Regulation Chapter 5).

Your application must include:
• A letter of introduction/personal letter and description of research interest
• Draft research plan - Your research plan must include a description of the research field with a background description. You must describe proposals for the purpose and research questions as well as a description of the intended method, implementation and possible results. Everything based on relevant literature with a referencelist (max. 3 pages).
• Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• Copies of previous thesis/work (MSc/MA and/or BSc/BA)
• Copies of academic transcripts including documentation of completed academic courses and grades
• Copies of published own research (if any)

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


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Autumn 2023
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-314-23
  • Katrin Jonsson, 090-7869387
  • Tina Lundmark, 090-7866438
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 16.Feb.2023
Last application date 21.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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