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PhD student in Ethnology

Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper




  • 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 Culture and Media Studies invites applications for the doctoral training program in ethnology.

The Department of Culture and Media Studies is part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Umeå University and has around 60 employees. The unique combination of disciplines makes it a creative milieu for scientific collaoration and interaction between cultural studies, cultural heritage studies, literature studies, media studies, digital humanities and journalism studies. The department has a broad array of education, doctoral studies and international acknowledged research. A lot of the research projects are within global challenges and digital humanities, the two priviliged research fields at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, see here.

Some 15 researchers and PhD students in ethnology are working at the department (4 full professors). Major research fields are currently rurality, international migration, oral and life-historic narrative, medical humanities, ethnomusicology and gender studies. The editorial board of Kulturella Perspektiv – Svensk etnologisk tidskrift is placed in Umeå. We continuously have interdisciplinary co-operation in these fields within the department. We also co-operate with research centres at the university such as Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, HUMlab, Centre for Regional Science ar Umeå University, Vaartoe – Centre for Sami Research, and Arcum – Arctic Research Centree at Umeå University. Seminars are mainly held in Swedish.


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
Admission also requires at least 30 ECTS credits in ethnology studies at second cycle (Masters) level. In order to gain from the education, good knowledge of English is required.

See General Syllabus plan here.

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!




Alf Arvidsson, Professor

+46 90 786 62 44

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-76-18


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Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


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