PhD position in the discipline of tourism studies

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Mittuniversitetet, The Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism

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The Department of Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism (EJT) conducts research and education in the subjects: business administration, law, economics, statistics, geography and tourism studies. 

Tourism studies and Etour (the tourism research center at Mid Sweden University) is a leading academic tourism environment in Northern Europe. It is home to the first Scandinavian PhD program in tourism studies established in 2009. The Department offers an international and multidisciplinary research environment. The position in question is financed with faculty funds and focused on one or more of the following strategic research areas:

  • Nature tourism
  • E-Tourism
  • Event tourism
  • Tourism’s socio-economic effects
  • Destination development
  • Cultural tourism
  • Tourism and local communities

Position duties

The successful applicant is expected to complete the assignments and tasks associated with the PhD program in tourism studies. These may include administrative tasks, teaching and other duties including research in other projects.

Basic entry requirements

One of the following requirements must be fulfilled for applicants to be considered for these positions:

  • (i) Successful completion of a second-cycle (Master’s) program;
  • (ii) Successful completion of 240 university credits (ECTS) overall of which at least 60 were at the second-cycle (Master’s) level;
  • (iii) Successful completion of equivalent programs either in Sweden or abroad.

Additional Entry Requirements

To be accepted to the PhD program in Tourism Studies, applicants must have at least 90 university credits in the areas of tourism studies, human geography or business administration, or must demonstrate equivalent qualifications. In addition, the successful applicant is required to have the necessary language skills in order to complete the program (see below for further clarification).

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Documented knowledge in relevant subject areas in order to pass the doctoral education,
  • Motives for undertaking postgraduate training and proposed research idea,
  • Competence regarding scientific analysis and presentation,
  • Ability to express oneself in written and oral English,
  • The working language at Mid-Sweden University is Swedish. It is desirable to have the ability to use a Scandinavian language.

Employment process

Processing of the appointment will comply with the provisions in Chapter 5 of the Higher Education Ordinance, and will be carried out in accordance with Mid Sweden University’s Employment Procedures.

Terms of employment

This is a fulltime position. The position counts as employment corresponding to 2 years of doctoral studies and intends to lead to a licentiate degree. Administrative tasks and teaching may be added. Rules regarding employment as a doctoral student can be found in the Högskoleförordningen (1993:100), chapter 5 §§ 1-7.

In this case, up to a licentiate degree with the possibility of continuing to a doctoral degree if financial and other conditions exist. 

Initial doctoral student positions are valid for a maximum of one year, after which the position may be renewed by no longer than two years at a time. Provisions regarding doctoral studentship employment can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), Chapter 5, Sections 1-7. 

Place of employment: Campus Östersund, Mid Sweden University.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with Mid Sweden University guidelines for PhD students.

Entry: Expected entry is 1 September 2023 or according to an agreement between the department and the candidate.

For further information please contact

Daniel Laven, Head of Department ( Matthias Fuchs, Head of Tourism Studies discipline (, Robert Pettersson, Director of Etour ( Peter Fredman, Professor of Tourism Studies (


Application documents must be submitted in Swedish or English.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Copies of certificates and diplomas,
  • Personal letter in which the applicant motivates his application (max. 1 page),
  • An outline (max. 3 pages) describing a research idea covering one or more of the strategic research areas
  • A copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis,
  • Names and contact details of three references,
  • Other material the applicant deems necessary to support their

Applicants should apply through the Mid-Sweden University platform (VARBI) no later than 2023-06-02

Mid Sweden University has two campuses; in Sundsvall and in Östersund, both located close to students, colleagues and the surrounding society. At the same time, it is located conveniently close to the sea, forests and mountains, which provides a great quality of life. Here, new knowledge is created by means of internationally successful research and education that contribute to the development of our society. This way, we actively contribute to a sustainable future and a better world. Welcome to a university where people meet, get inspired and think in new ways.  Mid Sweden University works actively for equal opportunities and strives to embrace the qualities that diversity and equality bring to the organization. Prior to any recruitment work, Mid Sweden University has taken a position on consulting support, recruitment channels and marketing. We therefore kindly ask media vendors, recruitment sites and the like not to contact us.

  • Contract type

    Full time

  • First day of employment

    According to agreement

  • Salary

    Salary is commensurate with Mid Sweden University guidelines for PhD students

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  • Reference number

    MIUN 2023/1199

  • Union representative
    1. Ummis Jonsson, SACO, 010-1428809
    2. Per Bergman, Fackförbundet ST, 010-1428371
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