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PhD position in political science with a focus on gender

Department of Political Science




  • Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Extent 100%
  • Place Umeå

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The Department of Political Science is recruiting a doctoral student in political science together with the Graduate School of Gender Studies. Starting date September 1, 2023 or by agreement.

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterized by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Are you interested in knowing more about Umeå University as a workplace read more at: https://www.umu.se/en/work-with-us

The Department of Political Science at Umeå University has about 70 employees. The department conducts undergraduate education and research in political science and peace and conflict studies. For more information, see https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-political-science/.

Since 2001, the Gender Research School has co-financed doctoral students at all faculties at Umeå University. A doctoral student connected to the School of Gender Research gets to take part in a unique and dynamic doctoral education environment, in which approximately 30 doctoral students currently participate. For more information about the School of Gender Studies, please see: https://www.umu.se/en/umea-centre-for-gender-studies/doctoral-studies/

About the position

The position as doctoral student is in political science with a gender perspective. The doctoral project will depart from one of our five research profile areas, and applicants are expected to write a research plan with a gender perspective in relation to one of the five profiles (please find information about the research profiles below).

We look for a doctoral student who is creative, highly motivated for participating in the PhD programme and has an ability to think and work independently. You will be able to shape your project to a significant extent. If you are interested in one of our research profiles and strongly interested in gender studies, this position is for you.

Read more about our research profile areas below:

Educational leadership

Environment and natural resource policy

Municipalities, Regions, and public sector activities

Peace and Conflict Studies

Representative Democracy

The employment

A position as a doctoral student in the doctoral program amounts to four years of full-time studies (240 ECTS). A Ph.D. student can also participate in teaching or other departmental activities up to 20% of the time. In such cases, the employment is extended correspondingly.

Further information about the department's postgraduate education in political science, including its general study plan, is available at: https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-political-science/education/doctoral-studies/

The student will work in Umeå and the teaching takes place on campus. Active participation and involvement in the Department's activities, as well as the Graduate School of Gender Studies’ activities, are expected.


Persons who have earned a degree at the advanced level, fulfilled course requirements for at least 240 ECTS points, of which at least 60 ECTS points are at the advanced level and at least 90 ECTS points are in peace and conflict studies, or political science are eligible to apply. In Sweden or abroad, people who have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge are also considered eligible to apply.


Applicants’ qualifications are assessed in terms of their ability to complete a PhD dissertation and fulfil the course requirements of the PhD program. The evaluation includes a review of the applicant’s previous academic performance and the quality of submitted writing samples and project plan.

The evaluation of the ability to complete the PhD program also includes evaluating the applicant’s analytical skills, communicative skills (written and oral), critical skills, independence and ability to complete tasks within a given time frame.

Applicants must be proficient in both oral and written communication in English.

Documented knowledge and qualifications with a focus on gender issues/gender studies are also of merit.


You apply via our recruitment system Varbi.  A complete application must include:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, research interests and reasons for applying (max two pages)
  • A research proposal of 3-5 pages with a discussion of potential research problem, purpose, theory, and empirical data
  • CV / curriculum vitae
  • Certified transcripts of academic records and degrees
  • 1-3 writing samples in Swedish or English, e.g. B.A. thesis, master’s thesis, academic publications
  • References or maximum two letters of recommendation
  • Any additional qualifications

In the application, the applicant formulates a research plan in which the gender perspective is put in relation to one of our five research profile areas. The application can be written in English or in Swedish. Attached documents must be in Word or PDF format.

Umeå University will offer a salary according to the current salary order for doctoral studies. The current entry-level salary for Ph.D. students is 29 000 SEK/Month. According to the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 12, Section 2), decisions on admissions cannot be appealed.

Formal requirements for the application can be found in this call. Additional questions can be addressed to the Director of doctoral studies Johan Hellström at johan.hellstrom@umu.se or to the Head of the department Magnus Blomgren at magnus.blomgren@umu.se.

The deadline for applying is 2023-02-20.

We look forward to your application!

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September 1st 2023


Monthly salary

Application deadline


Registration number

AN 2.2.1-33-22


Magnus Blomgren, Head of department


Johan Hellström, Director of doctoral studies


Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.