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Doctoral student in Educational Work towards Creative subjects

Institutionen för estetiska ämnen i lärarutbildningen




  • Typ av anställning Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Omfattning 100%
  • Ort Umeå

The Faculty of Arts at Umeå University develops the Humanities and invests in future Areas of Excellence. The Faculty particularly advances research within Digital Humanities and Global Challenges.

The Department of Creative Studies invites applications for the doctoral training program in Educational Work

The department of Creative Studies conducts research in Educational Work, a pratice-related subject studying  teaching activity in school and in teacher education. Applicants need to have a teachers degree in one of the  school subjects Visual Art, Music or Sloyd (Crafts), and at least 2 years working experience as a teacher along with an interest in pursuing questions related to the teaching practice. Since you will contribute to our research environmnent, we would appreciate if you link your project to some of the main directions of research: Digital Humanities or Global Challenges, both in focus at our faculty and at our department. For information regarding research at our department, see home page:


General requirements
To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, the applicant must meet both general and specific eligibility requirements. General requirements: a Master's or equivalent degree in a relevant field, having completed course requirements worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second­ cycle level, or in some other way - either in Sweden or abroad - having acquired equivalent knowledge.

Specific requirements
In order to meet the specific eligibility requirements for admission to studies in educational work at the third-cycle level, the applicant must have a teaching degree, two years of professional experience, and a completed 15-credit essay. Students who have acquired equivalent knowledge in some other way, either within Sweden or abroad, may be admitted for third-cycle studies after assessment. For more information, see General Syllabus.

Assessment criteria

Applicants are ranked with reference to their capacity to benefit from and complete the program. The assessment is based primarily on prior study results, with particular consideration given to essays, and the quality of the research plan and its relevance for the subject area. The assessment is also based on references and interviews, and possibly additional evaluations of the main candidates.

Terms of employment

PhD students will mainly devote themselves to their own education at third-cycle level. Employment as a PhD student will be for the time deemed necessary for the completion of research studies at a normal rate of study, which corresponds to a full-time position for four years. An initial contract of 12 months is extended with up to two years at a time provided that the individual study plan is followed. A PhD student may to a limited extent also work with teaching and administration up to a maximum of 20 percent of full-time. The period of employment may thus be extended up to a maximum of five years. The entry level salary is 26 500 SEK and rises in three steps to 31 000 SEK.

Additional information

PhD students are affiliated with the Faculty of Arts Doctoral College, coordinated with the PhD training program at the relevant department. The PhD studies begin at the start of the autumn semester, 3 September 2018. The place of work is Umeå University. The PhD students are expected to actively contribute to the research environment.

According to The Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 12 §2, a decision of appointment for a PhD student position may not be appealed.


An application should contain:

  • A transcript from the Ladok student registry, and/or equivalent attested copies of your academic transcripts proving that general and specific requirements are met
  • Curriculum vitae, including name and contact information of two reference persons
  • Copies of relevant BA and MA theses and other relevant publications
  • Research plan – must not exceed 30 000 characters including spaces – that contains: purpose and research problem, previous research, implementation: that is, method, material and theory, relevance and time plan
  • A letter that states your motivation for undertaking research training leading to a PhD, and that specifies what expertise at the Department is needed for carrying out your research. Indicate if you intend to align your project with the profile area The Digital Humanities and/or Global Challenges.

Your application must be registered in Umeå University’s e-recruitment system no later than 9 March 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application!




Erik Sigurdson / Assistant Head of Department

+4690 786 5269,

Anna Widén / Head of Department

+4690 786 6033, anna.widé

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-82-18


Monthly salary

Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


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