Umeå school of Business, Economics and Statistics at Umeå University

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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 June 3, at the latest.

The doctoral student will work at the Department of Business Administration at Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics (USBE) at the Accounting and Finance section. As a Ph.D. student, you should take doctoral courses and conduct 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, students are expected 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: Education-and-research/support-for-doctoral-studies/


We value commitment, participation, and responsibility. You spend your working time in Umeå at the Department of Business Administration and at the Accounting and Finance section. The section has a broad portfolio of research projects including various theoretical perspectives, methods and empirical settings. Read more about the section here: The Accounting and Finance Section 

Eligibility and selection for doctoral education
To be eligible, 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 who meet the eligibility requirements must be made with regard to their ability to successfully complete the doctoral education and is based on the following assessment criteria:

  • previous study results,
  • the quality of the submitted research idea and its relationship to the focus of the call,
  • communicative ability, both written and oral
  • methodological, analytical and critical skills,
  • independence and ability to cooperate,
  • ability to meet given deadlines,
  • experience in handling databases and quantitative methods is meritorious.
  • personal suitability.

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

  • good skills in English.
  • good skills in Swedish.
  • ambitions with the doctoral education and work within the area in question.
  • interest related to the research and teaching within the area in question. 

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 the area of finance (3 pages). The draft should clearly outline how the research is connected to the research/researchers at the Business administration unit and Accounting and Finance section.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • 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 application is to be submitted on the University recruitment system June 3 at the latest. 

USBE is a workplace that values diversity and gender balance and therefore encourages female applicants in this call.

Additional information
The main location for education is Umeå.

Salary will be offered according to the present salary order for doctoral studies. Information regarding the union will be provided by ST, Saco or SEKO.

Further information may be provided by Director of Doctoral Studies, Docent Mattias Jacobsson at +46 (0)90-7866147, or Deputy Head of Business Administration professor Johan Jansson at +46 (0)90 - 786 78 72,

More about Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics (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 150 employees. About 3800 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
Contract type Full time
First day of employment September or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-796-24
  • Johan Jansson, professor, +46907867872,
  • Mattias Jacobsson, docent, +4690-7866147,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 13.May.2024
Last application date 05.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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