PhD Position in Umea University Sweden

PhD Positions in Economics – Umeå University, Sweden, May 2022


Umeå University invites applications for a Ph.D. position in Environmental and Energy Economics, and Labor Economics. The Department of Economics at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Sweden – May 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Economics

Umeå University (UMU), Sweden


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Qualification Details

  • The general requirement for admission is a degree on advanced level, or the applicant having a total of 240 ECT credits of which 60 credits are at the advanced level.
  • The specific requirement for admission is that the applicant has at least 90 ECT credits in Economics.
  • The main qualifications are scientific skills, a strong interest in research, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team to accomplish the required tasks.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both oral and written English.
  • Applicants with a degree from a non-Swedish university are encouraged to provide their results from the GMAT (and/or GRE) and TOEFL tests if available.
  • Documented skills in using quantitative methods such as Mathematics and Econometrics is a merit.

Responsibilities/Job Description


(i)            Environmental and Energy Economics(ii)           Labor Economics

Within topic (i), there are two research projects. In the first, the purpose is to explore how demand flexibility at the electricity distribution level can be designed to reduce grid congestion and improve grid efficiency. Specifically, the research project is focused on the design of distribution tariffs that incentivize households to reduce peak demand, and on measuring households´ response to such incentives. In the second research project, the purpose is to explore the potential of solar power to support the transition towards a more sustainable society.

Within topic (ii), there is one research project. The overall purpose of this project is to examine the effects of new green industrial investments and geographical mobility on local labor and housing markets. One line of research will examine the effects that new industrial investments have on local labor market outcomes, migration patterns, and the regional distribution of human capital. A second will analyze the role of geography and housing in the search process for new jobs and employees.

Research environment

The Department of Economics has around 30 employees and teaches about 240 students per year (full time equivalents). The dominating research areas are Environmental Economics, Labor Economics and Public Economics. Other active areas of research are Behavioral Economics, Economics of Education, Econometrics, Health Economics, Industrial Organization and Welfare Economics. Currently, there are six professors and four associate professors active at the department, providing young scholars with excellent opportunities for supervision and personal development. The research environment is open and friendly, and doctoral students are fully integrated into the department’s activities as staff members.

Work description

As a PhD student in the department of economics, you are expected to take courses specified by your study plan, to work independently on your PhD project as well as collaborate within the research group, and to participate in seminars and other department activities.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: AN 2.2.1-572-22

Application Procedure

The application shall contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max 2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A research proposal (max 2 pages) presenting your research ideas and, in particular, how they are contributing to the current literature in Environmental and Energy Economics or in Labor Economics. The research proposal will play an important role for the selection of candidates.
  • Degree certificates.
  • Bachelor- and/or Master theses or similar documentation of research skills.
  • Name and contact information of two references.

The application should be written in Swedish or English (preferably) and submitted via the University recruiting system. The last day to apply is May 2, 2022. USBE strives for an even gender distribution and we particularly welcome female applicants.

About the Department

More about USBE

As an internationally respected, nationally influential, and regionally rooted part of Umeå University, Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics contributes to societal development through education and research of a high international standard.

Through interplay with surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to the understanding, ability, and responsibility of individuals in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development.

In collaboration with our surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to individuals' understanding, ability and responsibility in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development. We are AACSB-accredited and sustainability certified according to the environmental management standard ISO14001.

The Department of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the Department of Statistics and The USBE office form USBE, with about 140 employees. About 3300 students follow our programs every year and we offer education from the undergraduate to the doctoral program level in all of our main disciplines – Business Administration, Economics and Statistics.

The Department of Economics has about 30 members of staff. We pursue research mainly in Labor economics, Public economics, Environmental and Resource economics and Econometrics.

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We look forward to receiving your application!

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Additional information

Normally, the PhD program amounts to four years of full-time studies. This PhD position consists of a two-year scholarship followed by a two-year PhD student employment. The PhD position may also include part-time teaching (up to 20%). If so, the total time for the position is extended corresponding to the teaching time.

The location of the position is Umeå. Participation in the department's activities is expected. Information about the PhD program and general study plan can be found here:

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Contact details

For further information contact the director of doctoral studies, Tomas Sjögren, at: [email protected].

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