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Working at Umeå University

Umeå University, with its location in the north of Sweden, might seem a distant place to most. However, the bustling and growing city of Umeå nurtures creativity at the same time as the closeness to nature also gives us time to reflect, to think big and outside the box. This is probably why so many visiting researchers and students from all over the world like Umeå so much.

At Umeå University, you get good opportunities for professional development with several opportunities to increase your competence, to specialise or to broaden your skills. You become a part of a creative work environment with an atmosphere characterised by closeness between disciplines, which stimulates new exciting collaborations.

We also have an objective to offer all our employees an individual development plan, containing targeted activities to support professional development, not least in the following areas:

  • Mobility
  • Networking
  • Career advice
  • Academic skills & development
  • Company & organizational interaction

If you're planning to move to Umeå from another country, you can get useful information and support from International Staff Support at the Office for Human Resources.

Employment in the public sector

Umeå University is a public sector institution, which means that you become a part of our important assignment to conduct research, educate and spread knowledge for the greater good of science, and also to contribute to greater democracy. All public institutions in Sweden share basic values that specify our responsibility to conduct our operations in an accessible and efficient way in line with national legislation. Learn more about the state sector's common basic values that employees at Umeå University should follow.

Why Join Umeå University?

If this sounds like the kind of employment environment you're seeking, then we encourage you to apply for a position today. You'll join a talented, innovative pool of people who have the drive to make a difference, the desire to contribute to the operations of a highly respected university, and the commitment it takes to make the communities we serve — the greater Umeå region, Sweden, Europe and the world — a better place.

Quick facts about Umeå University

Students: over 30,000
Teachers/researchers: over 2,000
Employees: over 4,000
Founded in: 1965 as the fifth university in Sweden

Did you know that Umeå University ...
• lies within biking distance of the entire city?
• has its own ice-skating rink on the university pond in winter?
• is located right next to the best university hospital in Sweden?