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Postdoctoral scholarships

Umeå University offers scholarships for postdoctoral qualifications. The aim of these scholarships is to allow researchers to visit Umeå University to conduct independent research to develop professionally and to qualify for academic positions.

We welcome your application!

Postdoctoral scholarship in Structural biology of neurodegeneration – 2024-06-18

A 2-year full-time fellowship within an ongoing research project, where molecular, structural and cell biology approaches are being used to understand a specific molecular interaction and its relationship to both neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

Application deadline: 18 June 2024

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Postdoctoral scholarship (2 years) in Deep Learning for Real-Time Perception – 2024-06-30

The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics at Umeå University, Sweden, is offering a postdoctoral scholarship within the project Deep Learning for Real-Time Perception. The scholarship is full-time for two years with start date Sep 01, 2024 or by agreement.

Application deadline: 30 June 2024

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Post-doctoral scholarship (2 years) in computational neuroscience and auditory modeling – 2024-07-01

The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics (TFE) at Umeå University is offering a postdoctoral scholarship in the field of computational neuroscience and auditory modeling. The scholarship is full-time for two years with a start date of 1 October 2024 or by mutual agreement.

Application deadline: 1 July 2024

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1–2 Postdoctoral scholarship (2 years) within Sustainable production of bioplastic with the help of microalgae – 2024-07-05

The Department of Chemistry is offering a postdoctoral scholarship within Sustainable production of bioplastic with the help of microalgae. The scholarship is full-time for two years with access 1 August, 2024 or by agreement.

Application deadline: 5 July 2024

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Postdoctoral scholarship (2 years) in ecological modelling & data analysis – 2024-07-05

The Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, invites applicants for a postdoctoral scholarship to perform research with an array of data already collected on forest ecology, applying a wide diversity of quantitative approaches to analyze the data and write up the results in scientific publications. The fellowship is full time for two years starting in August 2024 or by agreement.

Application deadline: 5 July 2024

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Postdoctoral Scholarship (2 years) in Plant Cell Wall Integrity, Stress Response and Nutrient Bioavailability – 2024-07-08

The postdoctoral scholarship is going to be placed at the Department of Plant Physiology, which is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre. Our common goal is to understand the ability of plants to adapt and acclimate to a changing world.

Application deadline: 8 July 2024

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Post doctor (2 years) within in molecular parasitology – 2024-07-15

The Department of Molecular biology is offering a postdoctoral scholarship within the project “functional characterisation of essential exported parasite proteins”. The fellowship is funded by the Knut Alice Wallenberg foundation through a Wallenberg Academy Fellow award.

Application deadline: 15 July 2024

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Postdoctoral fellowship (2 years) within Large-scale Computational Design Optimization methods – 2024-07-31

The Department of Computing Science at Umeå University announces a stipend for postdoctoral research in Computational Science and Engineering for a project that aims at developing large-scale, computational design optimization methods. The scholarship is full-time for two years starting September 1, 2024 or by agreement.

Application deadline: 31 July 2024

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Postdoctoral scholarship in preclinical imaging – 2024-08-09

The Department of Medical and Translational Biology at Umeå University, Sweden, is offering a postdoctoral scholarship within the project of preclinical imaging of neurodegenerative diseases and normal aging. The scholarship is full-time for two years and will start Sep 01, 2024, or by agreement.

Application deadline: 9 August 2024

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Postdoctoral Fellowship (2 years) focusing on Bioinformatics and Microbiology – 2024-08-12

The Department of Odontology offers a postdoctoral scholarship within the project "Future directions in regenerative endodontics". The scholarship refers to full-time studies for two years with entry on 1 August 2024, or as agreed.

Application deadline: 12 August 2024

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Please note that this is a scholarship and not an employment. For more information about terms and conditions, please contact the person specified in the advertisement.

Information about scholarships

The purpose of a postdoctoral scholarship is to enable researchers to visit Umeå University and carry out independent research in order to qualify for further training and academic positions. There are certain conditions for scholarships in Sweden.

Internal and external scholarships


In Sweden, scholarships are tax free as long as they are given for educational purposes and not compensation for work. 

There are two different kinds of scholarships at Umeå University:

  • Internal - scholarship paid to you via Umeå University, regulated in Rule for scholarships at Umeå University
  • External - scholarship paid directly to you from the funding body. Each funding body decides about the conditions and routines (for example Kempestiftelserna, Carl Tryggers Stiftelse)

There are differences between internal and external scholarship when it comes to conditions, payment routines e.g.

Scholarship conditions


The following applies for all scholarships (both internal and external)

  • You cannot work when you have a tax free scholarship. Teaching and supervising students is regarded as work and therefore not allowed.
  • You are not employed and do not have access to employment benefits such as fitness reimbursement.
  • You cannot receive any taxed payments during your time as a scholarship holders. If so, you might have to pay tax for all your income.
  • You cannot receive any unemployment benefits after the scholarship ends.
  • You do not have any official parental leave, but instead the scholarship normally continues to be paid out - this can vary depending on research group, department and scholarship foundation.
  • You do not receive any payments into any pension scheme.
  • In case you turn ill, no sick deduction is made on your scholarship. If you are on long-term sick leave, you and your supervisor must agree together on how you will solve your research assignment. No sickness benefit is paid from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.
  • You are encouraged to take at least 25 days of vacation each year. There will be no deduction of your scholarship. We recommend that you plan your vacation in discussion with your supervisor.
  • You have access to certain parts of the occupational healthcare supply. 
  • You might have access to national health benefits based on "living in Sweden" from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency. 
  • You can be a member with the local union SULF and get some support and have access to some of their member benefits.

Development plan


To make it clear that the scholarship is intended for further qualifications and does not constitute compensation for work, the head of department is responsible for making sure that a professional development plan is drawn up and a supervisor is appointed. The aim of the plan is to guarantee that the scholarship holder will receive high-quality training, as well as to show that the scholarship is awarded for educational purposes and not as compensation for work.

Taxation rules


The rules for scholarships are regulated in the Income Tax Act (1999:1229). The Swedish Tax Agency states that:

A scholarship is tax exempt if

  • it is intended for the education of the recipient or the recipient receives the scholarship for other reasons than the recipient's education such as research
  • disbursements are not made periodically, i.e. disbursed over a period exceeding three years, or monthly exceeding one year
  • the condition that a scholarship does not constitute compensation for work carried out or to be carried out on the disburser's behalf.
  • The principle is that a scholarship is always taxable if it is tied to the performance of some service in return.

Scholarships paid via Umeå University (internal) are limited to two years.

Scholarships paid by external funders might sometimes continue for a longer time period, make sure that the total time will not exceed the three year rule. If so, your scholarship might be come an object to taxation.

Payment routines


Make sure to get information about the payment routines for your specific scholarship. Ask your PI or HR support at the department.

  • For scholarships disbursed from Umeå University we are responsible for the disbursement process.
  • For scholarships disbursed directly from a foundation etc. the funding body to the scholarship holder they are responsible for the disbursement process. Some funding organisation will only disburse the scholarship to a Swedish bank account. 

Life as a postdoctor at Umeå University

scientific symposium in campus on October 3rd Young investigators symposium Umeå
Fun, career, and rights – for postdocs by postdocs

Umeå Postdoc Society with 220 postdocs at campus works successfully to improve the postdoc experience.

Digs into the role of gut microbes in mucosal barrier degradation

Aicha needed something more challenging, and applied for the 'EC' postdoc programme at Umeå University.

Unlocking secrets in RNA chemical modification during Salmonella infection

'EC' Postdoc Baptiste marvels at how molecular mechanisms shape cell destiny and physiology.

Excited to study important protein complex in model plant

'EC' Postdoc Dhruv has followed his passion for microbiology and life science throughout his academic journey.

MIMS Spotlight Series: Nóra meets post doctor Barbara Forró

Barbaras goal was to work with bioinformatics, programing, sequence data analyses.

Postdocs in Umeå stick together in Umeå Postdoc Society

The aim of the society is to attain an attractive environment for postdocs, both socially and academically.

Latest update: 2024-06-18