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One postdoctoral scolarship (3 years) in Economics

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Postdoctoral scholarship

The Department of Economics at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Umeå University, is looking for a postdoctoral scholar. The department has a broad research tradition, and comprises two main research environments: the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, and the Economic Policy Network (TEPN). Whereas the former concentrates on Environmental and Resource Economics, the latter environment focuses primarily on Public Economics and Labor Economics. Other research areas at the department are Behavioral Economics, Econometrics, Health Economics, and the Economics of Education. The postdoctoral scholar will be part of the research environment of TEPN.

The postdoctoral scholarship is financed by the Tore Browaldh Foundation, Handelsbanken. The stipend on which the scholarship is based will support full-time research activity and is limited to three years. A review of the research contribution after three years will then determine whether the scholarship is extended for an additional three years.

TEPN ( at the Department of Economics was established in 2013 as a result of Umeå University’s support to strong research environments at the School of Business, Economics and Statistics. Four themes are central to our research: (i) economic policy and behavioral economics; (ii) economic policy and the labor market; (iii) economic policy and sustainable development; and (iv) economic policy and fiscal federalism. The research touches on a broad set of topics such as optimal taxation and public expenditure, social accounting, education policy, local public economics, health policy, interactions between the labor and housing markets, labor mobility, and household responses to taxation.

Starting Date: March 1, 2021, or later by agreement.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must have obtained their PhD degree no more than three years before the application deadline.

Assessment criteria

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct relevant research of high international quality;
  • A promising publication record;
  • Willingness to collaborate on research activities in economics in an international research   environment;
  • Potential ability to attract external research funding.

The primary basis for selection will be the ability to carry out and publish high-quality research in economics and to contribute to the research environment of the Department of Economics.


The application should be written in English and include the following components:

  1. Cover sheet with contact information;
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Copies of original degree certificates;
  4. Description of previous research experience (1-2 pages);
  5. Description of future research plans, (1-2 pages);
  6. Names and contact details of at least two personal references;
  7. Publication list;
  8. Selected research articles (maximum 5).

Submit your application as a PDF and publications as a separate pdf marked with the reference number FS 1.2.6-1711-20, both in the file name and in the subject field of the email, to Application deadline is 10 January 2021.

Further information

For more information about the post-doctoral scholarship please contact: Professor Thomas Aronsson,, telephone +46 (0)90 786 50 17.

We will be present at the virtual 3rd European Job Market meeting for Economists, December 14-18 2020, and at the virtual ASSA meeting, January 3-5 2021, and would be happy to meet you virtually and discuss the post-doctoral position.

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